Try These Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Article Posted By: Amber Kemp-Gerstel

of Damask Love

Try These Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Decorating a small apartment balcony comes with its challenges. But Amber Kemp-Gerstel, the creative mind behind Damask Love has the small patio decorating ideas needed to make her tiny outdoor space beautiful, comfortable and great for entertaining.

This is Amber’s contribution to our Patio Style Challenge series. We send terrific design and DIY bloggers patio sets from The Home Depot, and they come up with amazing patio decor and easy solutions to some of the problems we all face with out outdoor spaces.

Amber truly made the most of every inch of her Miami apartment balcony. We love the coral and turquoise color scheme she used. She also offers up some very simple decorating ideas that would work on any patio, including a darling framed chalkboard vertical garden. And the grass is so inviting!

Yes. Grass. On an apartment balcony.

Ringing in at a whopping 60 sq ft., our balcony is small but mighty.

Well…I take that back.

Before the Home Depot Style Challenge, the balcony was small and sad. So very, very sad. It housed a dead lemon tree, a pair of dirty sneakers and a plastic Adirondack chair that my husband loved – but I wanted no part of.  Basically, it was 60 sq. ft of concrete dying for some attention. Home Depot came in to save the day.

The goal with this makeover was to extend our living room room and design an outdoor entertaining area that could hold even more guests this Spring. Mission accomplished.


Step 1

My first assignment was to gather up some inspiration for color…and the Behr paint sample wall gave me all the inspiration I needed.

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover: Color Inspiration


Step 2

Next up – replace the Adirondack chair…with something a little less reminiscent of a prison yard…although they probably don’t have Adirondack chairs in prison. But you know what I mean. I knew I could create something beautiful with the unfinished Adirondack chair that I picked up at my local Home Depot. Behr’s Youthful Coral in Semi-Gloss gave this baby a hefty dose of color that I love.

Amber's apartment balcony before the makover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover


Step 3

To add an easy accent to the side of my freshly painted Adirondack chair, I crafted up a really simple PVC Pipe Planter. It’s incredibly easy to make …promise. Here, I’ll prove it!


Step 4

With very little space for a big patio seating set, I chose a small bistro set that fits perfectly into the largest corner of our balcony: the Hampton Bay Fall River Set, which I slightly altered by stitching up a few pillow covers. I really can’t believe that we lived with such a sad patio situation before. I mean seriously–what a transformation, right?!

Amber's apartment balcony before the makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover


Step 5

This little bistro nook also includes a few other DIY’s that you can add to your own space without too much difficulty – including a Drop Cloth Area Rug that is great for defining the deck tile area. To give everyone’s drink a place to live, I also tackled some Easy Tile Coasters that you can add to any room in your house with just a few supplies. You can customize them with fabric or paper to coordinate with your existing decor.  I’ve included the instructions for both of these projects below.

DIY Drop Cloth Area Rug

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover


Step 6

By far my favorite part of this east wall is the DIY Chalkboard Herb Garden. Gardening can be tough when you live nine floors above the actual ground, but this solution is stylish and super functional. Now for a look at how to make that awesome little framed herb garden…

DIY Chalkboard Herb GardenSimple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover


Step 7

The final piece of the patio was a last-minute idea that I’m so happy about!

If you’re gonna have an outdoor entertaining space, you’d better have somewhere to serve up the drinks! Enter the Husky Two-Tray Utility Cart. It’s a steel cart sturdy enough for wheeling around heavy tools and stuff, but you’ll never look at this cart in the same way. It looks like it was pretty much created to serve beverages, right?

DIY Utility Cart Beverage Tray

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover


Step 8

And last, but not least, I’m sure it hasn’t escaped you that I gave our patio a totally new look by carpeting the entire area with faux grass!

This stuff is amazing people. All I want to do is run my toes through it. A plush, grassy patio is the last thing you’d expect on a ninth-floor balcony but we made it happen and I’m so very happy we did!

Simple Decorating Ideas for an Awesome Small Patio Makeover


Hopefully with these simple decorating ideas, you’re feeling inspired to recreate your own outdoor space –even if it’s a small one.

Amber Kemp-Gerstel is a child psychologist by day, and an amazing crafter, decorator and DIY enthusiast by night. Damask Love is where she shares her decorating ideas, craft projects and more. She lives with her husband in Miami.

Take a look at the Alice in Wonderland croquet set Amber created for her apartment balcony and the  Hampton Bay Fall River Set she chose for her small patio makeover.

For more simple decorating ideas for your patio or backyard, you can see other Patio Style Challenges here on the Home Depot Blog or follow our Patio Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. You can also browse our online Outdoor Living Department for everything you need for your patio, backyard or garden.

The Style Challenge is a series of articles from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Amber received the patio set from The Home Depot and a gift card. The opinions and ideas Amber expressed are her own.

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