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
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
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 FermobDK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
This courtyard patio fools the eye with its tile pattern. Pavers laid out diagonally appear to stretch the dimensions.