Small Yard, Balcony and Roof Design Ideas

Get the most from your outdoor areas with these small yard, balcony and roof design ideas.

Roof Office

Investing in weather-resistant outdoor furniture like benches and coffee tables opens up new possibilities. Don't have enough space for a home office indoors? Take your work to the roof deck on the next sunny day. Image courtesy of Fermob

Dining Alfresco

Take in the exciting city sights and sunsets from a terrace by adding a dining table and chairs. This setup is also ideal for entertaining. Who doesn't like dinner with a view? Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Makeshift Shade

The fix for a tiny outdoor space that lacks architectural interest is simple. Add a makeshift canopy, awning or \"tent\" by attaching a colorful blanket to high wooden stakes. Not only is it festive, but it also functions as a source of shade. When you tire of it, it's easy to take down, or swap out the blanket. Image courtesy of Fermob

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Don't Forget the Flowers

Concrete terraces can come across as sterile, but not so when you bring in dozens of potted flowers. The vibrant blooms add a jolt of color to the area. And because they're in containers, they can be endlessly configured.

Living Wall Makes Great Addition

Work Those Walls

Brick walls may seem like wasted outdoor space, but it's all about thinking vertically. This living wall adds a touch of green and whimsy to an alley, and it can to your backyard, too. Design by Topiarius Urban Garden and Floral Design

Bistro Seats

Bistro tables and chairs are the perfect size for small-space dwellers. Plus, since they're so lightweight, you can pick them up and move them around the yard at will. Image courtesy of Fermbob

Potted Privacy

A street-facing balcony may offer extra square footage but not much extra privacy. Line your balcony with tall, leafy potted plants to shield your place from prying eyes. Image courtesy of Fermob

Spanish Balcony Gardens

Balcony Garden

Even if there isn't room on your balcony for much besides a small bistro table and chair set, you can still incorporate a garden. Flower boxes and planters that hang from railings don't take up ground space but add color and life to the balcony's (and building's) appearance.

Container Garden and Water Feature

Add the Elements

Make your limited outdoor space feel more exotic and relaxing by adding other elements, like designer Craig Jenkins-Sutton has done here with this stylish water feature. The red base really stands out against the green of the living wall. Design by Topiarius Urban Garden and Floral Design

Diagonal Design

This courtyard patio fools the eye with its tile pattern. Pavers laid out diagonally appear to stretch the dimensions.

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