How to Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Space

How to Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Space

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Karen Marsala
Jun 18, 2018
(Image credit: Heather Keeling)

If you think having a small outdoor space (read: balcony or fire escape) means you can't outfit it with cute and creative decor, think again. Just because you don't have a large amount of square footage to work with doesn't mean you have to be relegated to staring at barren railings and sullen-looking plants wilting away in the corner. Check out these small spaces below for the ultimate inspiration guide.

(Image credit: Free People)

Create an inviting and serene reading nook like this inspiring space from Free People's blog. A simple grain sack stands in for a pillow, and, when placed atop a miniature trunk, creates the perfect outdoor seat. Adorn the remaining floor space with a modern wooden square planter, place several potted flowers and herbs up the steps, and finish off the look with a sprinkling of string lights strewn throughout the railings.

(Image credit: My Paradissi)

If you live in a warmer climate where rain and unpredictable weather isn't a concern, you can transform your entire fire escape into a lounge of leisure. Simply add a sofa-sized cushion draped with a blanket or coverlet, and you've already got the base for your miniature outdoor oasis. Add in several contrasting fabric pillows, hanging planters, and a patterned throw draped over the edge of the railing to complete the look.

This Parisian-inspired escape may look unattainable, but it's actually simpler than it looks. For an effortless seating area, simply lay two wooden crates on their sides and top with a cozy throw, a couple of brightly patterned pillows, and a galvanized tin pail complete with your choice of foliage. The pink hydrangea and multicolored rug warm up the balcony floor and help tie the space together.

This soothing, monochromatic space interspersed with just a few pops of greenery creates an inviting haven for lounging, reading, or enjoying a glass of wine à deux. Simple outdoor wooden plank tiles form an attractive base flooring while tiny paper lights strung across the rail and wall grid add a touch of warmth. Add a solid throw and pillows in varying shades of neutrals and pale pinks to finish off the seating area, light a trio of variegated height candles, and enjoy.

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If you've got a nook that's about the size of a bed, why not actually place a bed in it? This inspirational outdoor area encourages lazy day lounging, and looks even prettier when lit up with tiny candles and a lantern at the foot of the bed. Intersperse with a cactus and some greenery peeking out of a woven straw basket for some added texture.

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