55 Small Patio Design Ideas for a Dreamy Outdoor Oasis

Your new favorite hangout is just outside your door.

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Ricardo Labougle

As sunny days and warmer nights start making their approach, now is the perfect time to pay attention to the patio you’ve been neglecting. It may be outdoors, but it’s still a part of your home—as such, it should feel connected to the rest of your space, so make sure to give it some love this spring. You can make it conducive for a quick daytime retreat, or a friendly dinner under the stars. Or you can just de-stress and sit around a cozy outdoor fireplace or fire pit while taking in the serene views nature has to offer. All in all, whether you want your patio to be a dining area, a fireside lounge, or a full-on family room, here are 55 decor ideas to bring the comforts—and chicness—of the inside of your home right outside.

small patio design ideas
Ricardo Labougle
1 of 55
Beachside Sitting Area

Eucalyptus poles cover this beachside patio designed by the late architect Mario Connio at his onetime vacation retreat on the coast of Uruguay. A sitting area with sofas and a table is perfect for shaded gatherings, while others can sit in lounge chairs to take in the ocean view.

small patio design ideas
Ricardo Labougle
2 of 55
Boho Chic Patio

This patio outside a Santa Monica, California, family home designed by Natasha Baradaran features overgrown greenery above a small pergola. The outdoor lounge chairs are by Dedon, and the cocktail table is by Baradaran.

small patio design ideas
Douglas Friedman
3 of 55
For Fireside Chats

Catch up with your family and closest friends around a fire pit, much like in this intimate setup in the courtyard of a Marin County, California, cottage designed by Nicole Hollis.

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Fabien Charuau
4 of 55
Vintage to the Max

In a wildly colorful Mumbai apartment owned by designer Srila Chatterjee and filmmaker Mahesh Mathai, a canopied outdoor dining area fits in seamlessly with a wide array of vintage goods and flea-market finds.

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Lisa Romerein
5 of 55
Under the Lights

Set the mood with a wide, lit-up fire pit and some string lights as in this Bel Air estate designed by Lonni Paul.

Furniture, Room, Bedroom, Interior design, Curtain, Bed, Property, Bed sheet, Bedding, Wall,
Christopher Stark
6 of 55
Moroccan-Inspired Patio

A mix of piled-on pillows in fabric sourced from Peru, brass pendant lamps from Tazi Designs, and vintage statuettes create a cozy eclectic vibe on this Holly Kopman designed porch.

Furniture, Table, Chair, Coffee table, Outdoor table, Room, Interior design, Patio, Outdoor furniture, Backyard,
Hector M Sanchez
7 of 55
Mixed Neutral Patio

To give his Alabama patio a Moroccan theme, artist William McLure paired a low, long table with a seating bench he transformed from an existing planter. To finish the look, he added inexpensive cushions from Ikea.

room, tree, home, property, house, interior design, window, architecture, furniture, botany,
Simon Watson
8 of 55
A Serene Balcony

Romantic scrollwork is the perfect backdrop for a vintage slipper chair paired with a petite table from Artisans du Liban et d’Orient at the chic Beit Trad guesthouse in Lebanon.

Property, Table, Furniture, Room, Outdoor table, Interior design, Porch, Home, House, Building,
William Waldron
9 of 55
Idyllic Dining Porch

The equipal-style table and chairs from the Jalisco region of Mexico draped with handmade Rebozo shawls create an intimate dining area at this Mexican ranch house.

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Simon Upton
10 of 55
Garden Wall Patio

A lush garden wall designed by Arne Maynard Garden Design surrounding a long wood table from Bloom with chairs from Design Within Reach anchored by flamed Portuguese limestone transform this London patio into an oasis.

urban area, roof, metropolitan area, city, daytime, human settlement, cityscape, building, metropolis, property,
Nick Johnson
11 of 55
Urban Oasis

A wall of plants brings a bit of nature to this West Village patio while the custom sofa adds comfort. The chic coffee tables are Sedgwick & Brattle by Thom Filicia.

miami house tour pool
Douglas Friedman
12 of 55
Bougainvillea-Draped Patio

A carved wood daybed surrounded by bougainvillea brings Mediterranean vibes to this Miami poolside patio.

property, room, home, deck, building, furniture, house, interior design, porch, real estate,
The Ingalls
13 of 55
Mountainside Lounge

The covered terrace furnished with soft seating is a cozy space for watching TV or enjoying the flicker of the fireplace at this high-end Hudson Valley home.

terrace with dining table overlooking the beach
Douglas Friedman
14 of 55
Beachfront Balcony

Enjoy the ocean views over breakfast from this Miami Beach patio. The white dining table and chairs from RH, Restoration Hardware, make it a breeze.

Property, Room, Building, Furniture, Interior design, House, Home, Living room, Balcony, Real estate,
Matthew Millman
15 of 55
Bayview Patio

A sofa from RH, Restoration Hardware, and lounge chairs by the Teak Warehouse create a cozy space for observing the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay from this Jay Jeffers–designed apartment.

Property, Patio, Yard, Backyard, House, Building, Home, Garden, Furniture, Real estate,
Mikkel Vang
16 of 55
Delightful Secluded Patio

A table covered in a cloth by Pierre Frey and antique garden chairs from Provence, France, furnish a cozy brick patio outside a home in Normandy.

Property, Umbrella, Grass, Furniture, Backyard, Tree, House, Yard, Building, Garden,
Björn Wallander
17 of 55
Stylish White Patio

The white chaise longues and matching umbrella by Barlow Tyrie reflect the stylish aesthetic of a Ralph Lauren executive who retreats to this Hamptons, New York, vacation home.

Room, Living room, Interior design, Furniture, Property, Building, House, Home, Table, Architecture,
Simon Upton
18 of 55
Belgian Bluestone Patio

A London homeowner salvaged a marble fireplace that was originally from the drawing room and placed it outside in the small patio area. The lamps above the fireplace are by José Ignacio Ballester and the flooring is Belgian bluestone.

Tree, Property, Botany, Table, Furniture, Leaf, Backyard, Woody plant, Patio, Leisure,
Miguel Flores-Vianna
19 of 55
Rustic California Patio

In her midcentury house in Los Angeles’s Laurel Canyon, fashion designer Rozae Nichols carefully preserves the laid-back vibe in her outdoor space with a Turkish towel top daybed by Van Keppel-Green and pillows by Gregory Parkinson.

Vegetation, Architecture, Building, Neighbourhood, Tree, Courtyard, Botany, House, Facade, Urban area,
Thibault Jeanson
20 of 55
French Patio

Wood furniture adds character to a patio in an 18th-century row house in the French city of Perpignan. For a personal touch, window grilles and a keystone feature the monogram of the previous owners, the family behind JOB-brand cigarette papers.

Tree, Botany, Iron, Branch, Chair, Plant, Furniture, Architecture, Garden, Patio,
Björn Wallander
21 of 55
Classic Backyard Patio

Simple black mid-20th-century steel furniture and a sculpture by Odile de Frayssinet sit in a backyard patio leading to a beautiful green garden in a home in Paris.

Room, Furniture, Interior design, House, Porch, Home, Living room, Building, Chair, Table,
William Waldron
22 of 55
Country House Patio

Adirondack chairs from a flea market, pillows by Archipelago, and a star pendant from Circa Lighting create a relaxing escape in a 17th-century Dutch bluestone house in Ulster County, New York.

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Trevor Tondro
23 of 55
Bohemian Patio

Kathryn M. Ireland’s Santa Monica outdoor area is a lesson in bohemian-inspired decor. Along with a built-in stucco sectional, featuring cushions in a custom Kathryn M. Ireland striped fabric, the inviting space includes wicker pendants, a table from her French Finds collection, and chairs by Consort.

Green, Room, Wall, Interior design, Living room, Property, Floor, Brown, Furniture, Table,
William Waldron
24 of 55
Limestone Cabana

Furniture designer Kelly Behun’s Southampton, New York, beach house features a stucco-walled patio, designed by the architecture firm Sawyer Berson. A low teak table and chairs by Bonetti Kozerski Studio set off a wall adorned with staghorn ferns and baskets made in Zambia. The floor is limestone, and the rug is from Morocco.

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James Merrell
25 of 55
Petite Poolside Patio

Beside the pool of a historic Long Island farmhouse, the awning is made of salvaged corrugated-and-wired glass, and the custom outdoor furniture is topped with cushions covered in a Perennials fabric. The pool surround and patio are of Kota stone and the topiaries are boxwood.

Property, Building, Room, Interior design, Furniture, Patio, Real estate, Home, House, Tree,
Dominique Vorillon
26 of 55
Antique Limestone Pavers Patio

Vintage Michael Taylor wicker chairs with cushions that are covered in a striped Perennials fabric sit on a small patio in a Bel-Air home. The 19th century cast-iron table is American and the floor is antique limestone pavers.

Furniture, Green, Table, Room, Interior design, Leaf, Tree, Architecture, Wicker, House,
William Waldron
27 of 55
Elegant Sunny Patio

For the terrace of historic Libbey Ranch (a secluded seven-acre family retreat in Ojai, California, owned by actress Reese Witherspoon) designer Kristen Buckingham surrounded a wood-topped dining table with vintage iron and wicker chairs and an antique lantern.

Metropolitan area, Building, Tower block, Condominium, Property, Skyscraper, Daytime, Architecture, Mixed-use, Real estate,
Joshua McHugh
28 of 55
Private New York City Terrace

A cedar slat screen and planters of boxwood, English ivy and magnolia provide shade and privacy on this New York City terrace. The aluminum table and bench are by Harbour Outdoor, the lanterns are by RH, Restoration Hardware.

Property, Interior design, Room, Furniture, Building, Living room, House, Floor, Architecture, Wall,
Douglas Friedman
29 of 55
Rooftop Patio

In this outdoor retreat in New York, a sofa by David Sutherland for Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials fabric, the chairs and table are by Paola Lenti and the cocktail table was custom designed for the space.

Green, Property, Garden, Tree, Yellow, Patio, Botany, Spring, Plant, Furniture,
William Abranowicz
30 of 55
Chic Striped Terrace

The terrace in this classic Hollywood home uses patterned chaise lounges in a Pindler & Pindler fabric, pillows in a Janus et Cie fabric, Moroccan lanterns, and antique English wicker chairs to give a small space lots of texture.

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