Design Ideas For Small Backyard Patios

Everyone loves a patio! But sometimes with a small patio, it can be hard to envision how best to style the space for maximum pleasure and ambiance. For some people, minimalist is the dream with no mess and fuss, while someone else revels in chairs, colorful cushions, tables, and plants everywhere you look. Whatever is your ideal patio or if you’re still searching for just the right “look” for your small patio, here are some design ideas from Concrete Craft® that can help make your patio the perfect hideaway for you.

stamped-decorative-concrete-gray Minimalist style patio with a stamped decorative concrete floor in gray slate texture coordinates with the house siding

It is possible to create a stylish and welcoming outdoor space, even with a small patio. Starting with a durable, easy-care decorative concrete floor, you can outfit your patio with whatever you need to bring your patio vision to life.

  • Sealed decorative concrete floors don’t crack, chip, or peel even with patio furniture galore.
  • The stain-resistant finishes are safe for barbeques, fire pits, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens.
  • Unlimited color options as well as faux stone and wood designs let you create the style you like from elegant to rustic finishes.
  • Moisture-resistant sealers take the worry out of potted plants and patio gardens as part of your patio décor.

Faux stone flooring and seat walls

Small patios can quickly run out of space for furniture and seating. Installing seat walls will add architectural interest and useful seating space. Creating walled boundaries and borders defines the patio and creates the feel of an outdoor room. Our vertical concrete resurfacing systems let us create custom seat walls and fire pits that add functionality to a small patio. The fire pit serves as a focal point that can be for cookouts as well as provide the allure and warmth of a fire for cooler nights on the patio.

vertical-concrete-resurface-seatwallsMulti-use elements of patio design let you get maximum function for all the space

Cozy up with the look of wood

Realistic wood plank designs can make a concrete patio feel more like a cozy room. Resurfaced concrete overlays can be stamped or stenciled with realistic faux wood plank designs in wood textures from smooth to rough reclaimed wood designs. Concrete stains let you choose your favorite wood tones from light and whitewashed to dark mahogany. Outfit the space with comfy furniture and your chill zone is ready when you are!


stamped-wood-plank-outdoors Creates a quiet oasis to enjoy reading, napping, or relaxing after a long day of work

Make space for the outdoor chef

If grilling and alfresco dining is big at your house, planning an outdoor kitchen that enhances your small patio can create the perfect space for year-round activities. There’s no need to keep schlepping the food outside from the inside kitchen. This compact design has everything within easy reach of the cook and adds to the “restaurant appeal” of the patio.

outdoor-patio-decorative-concrete Everything you need for dining out in comfort and style on this small patio

A traditional gathering place

Classic patio design includes a table surrounded by chairs, and these elements come in all styles, colors, and prices. Maybe your ideal patio is a place to gather around with drinks and friends as the weekend unfolds, whiling away the hours with good conversation and sparkling fellowship. If your patio is all about the table and chairs, take time to pick out pieces that add beauty and character to your backyard, as well as being especially comfortable for long chat sessions.

decorative-concrete-ashlar-slate From the decorative concrete Ashlar slate floor to the chair cushions, everything on this patio speaks elegant design

A nightlife patio with integrated lights

Evenings on the patio can be a great way to wrap up a day and unwind before bed. Overhead string lights are popular to add illumination after dark, but integrated patio lights in the floor add an artistic dynamic to the patio. A fire pit and up-lighting surrounding trees can also create a setting that bathes the patio in soft shadow.

firepit-outdoor-decorative-concrete Decorative outdoor lights, electric or solar, add safety and enchantment after dark

Add elements to personalize your patio

Decorating your patio can be for heart-nourishing beauty or increased functionality in your small space. Adding touches that make you smile will go a long way to making your ideal patio a favorite spot:

  • Stylish outdoor furniture with colorful cushions and accessories.
  • Potted flowers for a garden atmosphere to attract friendly butterflies.
  • Edible herbs add fragrance and greenery and provide fresh herbs for your outdoor chef.
  • Create privacy with hedges, trees, and outdoor curtains or screens.
  • Awnings or umbrellas will shield you from the sun’s glare.
  • Add a soothing natural element with a water fountain or water wall.
  • Outdoor rugs supply a splash of color and barefoot comfort or for sitting on the floor.
  • Creative lighting livens up both daytime and nighttime activities.

No matter what type of patio you have, Concrete Craft can help you maximize its fun and function potentials with carefree, durable flooring and custom seat walls, retaining walls, and accent walls for creating a designer space you can be proud of. Contact us today or go to to find the Concrete Craft location nearest you and request a free in-home or virtual* design consultation. Check out our spaces gallery for more inspiration as well as our online MasterProTM products catalog to see how beautiful decorative concrete can be.

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