Marylebone Courtyard:  Garden by Fenton Roberts Garden Design

19 lovely little patios to admire and copy

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When you have a little outdoor space or small garden, it's easy for your inspiration or motivation to shrink too. Don't let that happen! Now we're enjoying some clement weather, it's time to look around for extra cool small garden ideas that you can replicate in your own space. However, if you don't know where to start, that's where we come in.

We've found some lovely small outdoor spaces that are ripe for replicating, so take a look and make sure you have your gardener ready to spring into action!

1. A bit of decking makes a big impression!

2. Even a balcony can be ultra luxe

Bedroom 3 Terrace:  Terrace by TG Studio
TG Studio

Bedroom 3 Terrace

TG Studio

3. Who needs a barbecue when your terrace can double as a small kitchen?

4. Colour match your furniture and patio for a subtly stylish look

Bi Folds fitting into townhouse:  Windows  by ROCOCO

Bi Folds fitting into townhouse


5. Brick edging and shingle add sophistication to a hand-laid patio

Family Garden After:   by Sylvan Studio
Sylvan Studio

Family Garden After

Sylvan Studio

6. Make the most of any sunny corners and pop a table there

New Forest Cottage:   by Capability chris
Capability chris

New Forest Cottage

Capability chris

7. Even a small space can be a social one, with furniture to curl up on

Moroccan style garden:  Garden by Gullaksen Architects
Gullaksen Architects

Moroccan style garden

Gullaksen Architects

8. Try a little bit of everything to make your garden multifunctional. We love this brick-to-decking transition!

  by homify

Small city garden After 2


9. Overshadow small proportions with loud colours

10. Any corner can be a sunbathing haven

A Roof Garden, Chelsea:  Terrace by Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer

A Roof Garden, Chelsea

Bowles & Wyer

11. All you need is a table and some chairs for a little outdoor luxury

Mount Pleasant, Norwich:  Terrace by Studio Urban Blu
Studio Urban Blu

Mount Pleasant, Norwich

Studio Urban Blu

12. Freshen up a small space with full-to-bursting raised beds

13. If you have no garden, think about creating a small roof terrace

Outdoor balcony and terrace at Chester Street House:  Terrace by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

Outdoor balcony and terrace at Chester Street House

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

14. Even the smallest courtyard can be incredibly stylish with well chosen plants

15. Control your space by using potted plants that can easily be moved and maintained

Courtyard Garden:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Courtyard Garden

Unique Landscapes

16. Use every nook and cranny of a small outdoor space!

17. Make the most of your walls and turn them into an individual feature

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall:  Garden  by Biotecture

Private Courtyard, London, Living Wall


18. Assess what you most want to do in your garden and tailor it to that. Even a small space can make for a great cooking spot!

19. Keep a small space interesting by using different materials

Small Courtyard Garden:   by Dewin Designs
Dewin Designs

Small Courtyard Garden

Dewin Designs

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Inspirational Front Garden Designs.

What would you like to do with your small patio?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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