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Backyard decor for small spaces

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Petite patio ideas

If you live somewhere with minimal outdoor space and long for a sprawling backyard where you can host barbecues and other summer soirees, don’t despair. Just because you don’t have a big space doesn’t mean you can’t work wonders with the small space you have. We’ve searched the Web for backyard decor items that won’t overwhelm a petite patio but still offer a stylish way to refresh your yard for summer.

Small patio design ideas

6 Stylish backyard decor items for a petite patio

Outfitting a minuscule backyard can seem daunting -- you want the space to be stylish but you don't want to cram too many oversize items into your undersize yard. Check out our picks for perfectly balanced, well-proportioned pieces for spicing up small spaces.

1Small side table

We feel instantly in love with these Martini side tables from West Elm ($129) – the perfect size for a small patio. If you're going to be doing any outdoor entertaining you'll need space for guests to rest their drinks and these small tables are just the thing. They come in white, black, stem (a lush shade of green) and persimmon (a reddish-orange).

2Multitasking design

Pop a few of these fun outdoor Sunbrella bean bags from Crate and Barrel ($79.95) around your patio as extra seating, or used them as footrests or end tables. The fabric is water- and UV-fade resistant and comes in three summery shades of yellow, orange and bright blue.

3Vertical greenery

If you have a small backyard you probably don't have lot of space for plants. But just because you can't add a sprawling garden doesn't mean you can't have some greenery. You'll love the outdoor woolly pocket wall planter from CB2 ($39.95) – a smart small-space solution for the budding gardener. Plant the pockets with the items of your choice (we suggest fragrant herbs) and watch them grow up, not out. Breathable material allows for natural aeration of the soil, and a partial moisture barrier allows excess water be conserved.

4Wall art

No space to wow your guests with garden sculptures or decorative urns? No problem. This iron wall-mount gate from Pottery Barn ($399) makes a spectacular addition to your backyard decor without taking up space. Simply mount the antique-inspired, ornately detailed gate to the wall of your choice. The look adds instant drama to even the smallest yard.

5Dining for 2

When space is limited, a patio table that seats six or even four isn't always an option. But there are numerous smaller, bistro-style options to choose from that take up minimal space. We like the Cindy Crawford Malibu three-piece counter-height collection from JC Penney (now $299). The petite patio set is elegant and adds a touch of functional charm to your backyard or balcony.

6Storage with seating

Having a place to store garden tools or other outdoor items you need within easy reach but don't use all the time is crucial in a small yard. Add seating to that storage and you have two solutions in one. The mini patio storage bench from Target ($99.99) is a great way to keep your space tidy without taking up valuable room for seating.

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