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Chic and Petite: Ideas for Small Modern Patios

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Turn your outdoor patio into the little slice of heaven you deserve. Our small modern patio ideas have you covered from seaside to urban life. From charming bistro sets, to rugs and planters that provide the finishing touch, your patio will be the dreamiest of places to relax and take a minute.

Bistro Sets

A bistro set is the classic choice for small spaces where creating an intimate meal and dining al fresco happens on the regular. This folding bistro table is available in multiple sizes giving you the option to select two to four bistro chairs to fill your space. Create a spread of light tapas and relish in your outdoor oasis. Peruse our outdoor tabletop selection for dishes and glassware that finish the look.

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Outdoor Stacking Chairs

Having a stash of stackable outdoor chairs makes it simple to invite an extra guest or two when the weather beckons you to the patio, a batch of your signature cocktails in hand. Create an impromptu vignette with stackable chairs and occasional tables and your guests will be socializing before you have a chance to make a second batch of those signature drinks.

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Small Side Tables

Outdoor side tables become home to the many accoutrements of outdoor living. Whether it's that morning latte, a cell phone or a favored flower pot, the outdoor side table is a must-have for small patios. The perfect piece to dial up the style, choose eclectic color palettes or try clustering them in sets of three or more for a unique, layered look.

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Lounge Chairs

Keep things easy going with lounge chairs made for a small patio. This curated collection of small and modern lounge chairs make the most of a small footprint, so you can still sit back and enjoy the moment. Consider a club chair for more traditional feel or a colorful adirondack chair for an updated touch on a classic. Make the look cozy and welcoming by adding a throw or an outdoor cushion.

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Portable Lamps

Time on the patio is too precious to head indoors when the sun goes down. Illuminate your patio with a portable lamp or two and let the good times continue. Charge these cordless gems and you'll be on your way to setting just the right ambiance for an intimate dinner, late night conversations and the ever-popular nightcap.

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Outdoor Rugs

Anchor all of the pieces of your small patio together by beginning with an outdoor rug. It will shine a spotlight on one of your most coveted living areas, while adding another luxurious layer to your little haven. An outdoor rug can be the ideal place to introduce additional colors, patterns or texture if your feeling like your patio could use a bit more energy. Outdoor rugs are typically composed from synthetic fibers and plant materials. Be sure to select a rug that is outdoor rated to keep it looking fabulous for many seasons to come.

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Bring life to your patio with plants or colorful flowers. Think of layering in pots in a variety of heights and sizes to add dimension and interest. Start with a large planter and cluster in smaller planters next to it for a balanced look. Planters are an excellent means of dividing space or creating privacy on your patio. Flowers, plants and ornamental grasses will also bring another layer of dimension to the design of your outdoor escape.

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Multifunctional Furniture

When you’re short on space, you want to maximize what you can to create an outdoor destination you’ll never want to leave. Multifunctional furniture provides the basis on which to build your patio paradise or back deck hideaway and does it all with usability at the forefront of mind. Choosing innovative pieces offering both style and function helps maximize space, minimize clutter, and offer a simple refresh for your current outdoor spot. Benches with built-in storage can quickly act as an impromptu bar cart, or select a side table with an open storage space to hold your favorite blooms, instantly elevating your oasis.

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Hanging Planters

Relaxation is all about creating spaces that are comfortable and low-maintenance. Hanging planters are an effortless way to bring dimension and verdant beauty to your outdoor space no matter the size (we’re looking at you Brooklyn balcony!) Bring organic influence to your space with stoneware planters and woven hangers, situating plants in a symmetrical row to create both privacy and a conversation piece. Or create an infusion of modern chic and a lush focal point, hanging sculptural or geometric planters accented by a brick wall to vibe with the heartbeat of the city.

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String Lights and Lamps

Outdoor patios and decks, no matter how small, are seen as an extension of your home. Breathe new life into your outdoor space and set the scene for your own starry night using LED string lights and globe lanterns to light the way. Outline your space to brighten dark corners or zig-zag overhead to create a twinkling, open-air covering. With portable lanterns to add ambiance and boost the mood, you’ll have your very own outdoor beer garden in no time.

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Entertainment Tables and Yard Games

Sunny weather days are meant for hosting friends and family outdoors for a barbecue or game night. Seamlessly combining outdoor dining and friendly competition, game tables can serve as a grounding focal point and family fun-spot while optimizing your space. Ideally paired with bench seating or small, cushioned stools, ping-pong or foosball tables transition from dinner space to dinner play-ce in a blink of an eye. Looking to create separate dining and game areas? Lay a foundation with your choice of outdoor area rug and flank your favorite activity with padded stools for an outdoor gaming nook to enjoy all season long.

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Bar Carts, Bar-Height Tables, and Stools

Create the perfect sidekick for your outdoor space with a fully stocked bar cart and bar-height seating area ready to offer chic refreshment to guests and family alike. Styles abound, from traditional, contemporary or modern, and all offer maximum usage with a minimal footprint. Not just for beverages, think of a bar cart as portable shelves on which you can personalize and update for any fete with your favorite accessories. Stack plates and keep condiments nearby for a grill-geared workspace or go for a multi-tiered design to add ample storage without sacrificing space. Just be sure to accessorize with crystal decanters, luxe champagne glasses, and your favorite barstool, to build the perfect summer evening at home.

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