Creating Paradise in a Small Outdoor Space

Provence Deep Seating Collection
Provence Deep Seating Collection

When your outdoor space is limited, it can be difficult to find the motivation to create a luxurious outdoor living space.  Often times, homeowners will draw the blinds and pretend the backyard doesn’t exist.  This can be true for condo and apartment living too.  Instead of shutting off your outdoor space, transform it.

Small outdoor living can be your home’s greatest asset, if your design is right.  Here are some tips to help you take your outdoor space to a new level of luxury.

Landscaping

You can have the greatest furniture with the best view of the city skyline, but if you don’t bring in natural elements to your landscaping, your space will feel incomplete and unnatural.  Whether you’re working with a balcony or a small yard, you can create a beautiful oasis that easily becomes your favorite place to relax at the end of each day.

Landscaping makes a huge difference in the way you view your space.  You don’t have to add a full garden to make your space feel approachable.  Pressure wash your space, clean and repaint if necessary, and add some green (that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance).

Decorating

Once you’ve got a clean space to work with, it’s time to fill it.  When you have a small space, you want furniture that is sleek, not bulky.  Find pieces that fit your style and create cohesion with your indoor living space.

Here are some pieces that make a small outdoor space pop! From stools and pub tables to club chairs and occasional tables, there are so many options that will keep your outdoor space cozy and classy.

Cardiff Dining Collection
Cardiff Dining Collection

The Cardiff collection has a transitional frame and is designed with a thick walnut resin weave.  This collection shows that a thick weave can work in a small space.  With the tall pub table and stools, the eye is drawn up and it makes a small space seem bigger.

The Moorea club chair and end table are the perfect complement to a small outdoor space.  With an open design, this set doesn’t create a bulky look that creates a cluttered look in a small space.

Venice Bar Counter Stool
Venice Bar Counter Stool

Staging

Determine the focal point of your outdoor space.  Do you have a fire pit?  Do you have a great view? Do you have absolutely nothing to work it?  Whatever your situation, create a focal point.  Maybe you have the beach as your background.  Position your furniture to allow the setting to be the focal point.  If you don’t have a focal point, create your own.  Position your furniture around a fire table to create an intimate and relaxing setting.

Staging is a crucial part of designing any space.  You can have all of the right supplies, but without proper placement, your space looks cluttered and forgotten.  Transform your small outdoor space into a piece of paradise and enjoy the peace of outdoor living.

Manhattan Outdoor Furniture Collection
Manhattan Outdoor Furniture Collection

Modern Style Throughout Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor space is an extension of a homeowner’s living space.  And when the interior of a home is full of the latest technology and modern aesthetics, it’s important that outdoor space reflects that same style.  Read our top two tips to help you achieve a high quality, upscale, modern look in any outdoor space.

1) Clean and Simple Lines

Modern style doesn’t exist without clean, simple lines.  It flows throughout every feature in a modern home.  From the hardware to the furniture, from the flooring to the backsplash, every aspect of modern style is fused together with clean lines.  When creating an outdoor living and dining space, these same rules apply.  From the flooring to the furniture, clean and simple lines make a bold statement.

Featured in the photograph below is a modern furniture collection accenting a modern outdoor space.  Look at how every element in the space is symmetrical with sleek details.  The flooring is a crisp white, setting the tone for the contrasting black aluminum frames.

La Jolla Cllection from Sunset West
La Jolla Cllection from Sunset West

2) Coordinating Landscaping

It’s easy to purchase an outdoor furniture collection and place it in an outdoor space.  But if that outdoor space lacks the basic aesthetics, it loses its luster.  When designing an outdoor living space, you want to consider the function as well as aesthetics.  What will the space be used for?  Dining by the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, sitting by the fire table, romantic escapes from the kids?  There are so many different ways to transform your outdoors.

Knowing the primary function helps to determine how to landscape and create a backdrop.  When you design a modern outdoor space, you need to find not only furniture and flooring that matching the interior design, but also the outdoor elements, such as modern plants, ponds, water features, etc.

Take a look at how you can create a serene atmosphere with a modern flair.

La Jolla Round Dining Table from Sunset West
La Jolla Round Dining Table from Sunset West

Notice the landscaping with the cactus plants?   Or the stone contrasting against the pop of black on the handrail?  Or the glass that allows the eyes to enjoy the water beyond the patio?  These tiny details come together to create an unforgettable setting.