1. Use Outdoor Drapes
Adding drapes (in outdoor fabric) to your small space will draw the eye up and draw attention away from a small footprint. This beautiful outdoor deck demonstrates how drapes are used to expand the vertical space and create a cozy vibe. Use a bamboo pole as a curtain rod or purchase an outdoor metal curtain rod to hang your drapes. Using drapes made with Sunbrella fabric will protect them from the elements and prevent color fade from UV rays.
Image via: Setting for Four
2. Hang a Mirror
Adding a mirror to your small outdoor space will reflect the light and make the space feel more open. This is a quick and easy way to make your tiny deck, gazebo, or patio appear much grander than it actually is!
3. Lay Out Tall Planters
Adding one or two tall planters filled with flowering annuals, perennials, or succulents will draw the eye up and minimize the small square footage of your outdoor space. Add a small cedar tree, boxwood shrub, tropical plant, or miniature ornamental tree if you prefer greenery over blooms. You could also fill a tall planter with branches and faux floral sprays if you don't have a green thumb.
4. Pick Small-Scale Furniture
Don't make your small space feel cramped by using outdoor furniture that's too big. Adding small-scale chairs and a table like this bistro set will not only increase space for traffic flow but will make your space feel larger, too.
5. Hang String Lights or Lanterns
A string of outdoor lights will illuminate and visually open up your outdoor gatherings as well as brighten up those dark corners. Decorating with outdoor lights is a great way to fill the vertical space and draw the eye upward. Add dimension and style with any of these hanging light ideas: paper lanterns, decorative metal lanterns, outdoor battery-powered chandeliers, or mason jars filled with tea lights and sand.