Small Patio Decorating Ideas by Kelly of View Along the Way

Article Posted By: Kelly

of View Along The Way

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A colorful backyard patio with a new deck and a new patio dining set

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

For her Patio Style Challenge, Kelly from View Along the Way built a gorgeous new deck to house her brand new Barnsley Patio Dining Set. With the help of a few family members, she gave her small patio a fresh, colorful start, just in time for spring! Read on for Kelly’s very practical small patio decorating ideas. 

We like to joke around about how tragically neglected our backyard is, despite that fact that we live outside in the warmer months. Exhibit A, my attempt to replicate this gorgeous outdoor space by Tanglewood Conservatories— but on a virtually nonexistent budget:

Ha! Pretty sad right? Even worse when you get up close and check out that poor, sad little patio:

Small Patio Decorating ideas: A small, unattractive patio before getting a makeover

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A small, unattractive patio

All together now: awwwwww. So sad.

We actually invited people over for barbecues on that patio. (If you’ve ever been to my house for a barbecue, I’m so sorry, my friend.) But good news! Thanks to a little motivation from the great peeps at The Home Depot, we’ve finally given that spot the attention it needed.

Hellooooo lovah!

Kelly's deck, after

First step was covering up that cracked, stained patio with a fancy new deck. Just between us, my main motivation for adding a deck was because I thought it would look better. My husband and my dad, who actually made the thing happen, were convinced all along that a new deck would change the way we used our backyard. I’m so happy to report that we were all correct. You can see the whole build process here, but let me just say: it was a relatively quick, instant-gratification project. We are in love with it.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A man, nail gun in hand, pauses as he builds a small deck over an existing concrete patio

New Deck, you have rocked my world. You will rock it off its axis when we can stain you a dark color in a few months once you have acclimated to the weather and are ready to accept stain.

The Home Depot hooked us up with the beautiful six-person Barnsley Metal Top Patio Dining Set. We were so excited for it to arrive, but at first we were kinda disappointed. It didn’t look like the pictures, and it was slightly uncomfortable:

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A young boy finds a patio furniture set uncomfortable because it hasn't been unpacked from its shipping boxes

But then we took it out of the box. *wink*

It’s absolutely stunning and super cushy.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A beautiful back deck with a patio dining set and a blue outdoor rug

I wanted our outdoor area to be comfortable, bright and colorful, so I did a little shopping for inexpensive outdoor rugs and found this pretty navy one, then I painted the white backdoor with some leftover red exterior paint we had from a previous project.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A little plays on a new backyard deck next to a new patio furniture set, planters and a dog

We’ve already enjoyed many meals on our new furniture, which I topped with a beautifully patterned runner and bright flowers.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A colorful table setting for an outdoor dining table

The lush, beautiful greenery, flowers and planters all came from our local Home Depot store.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: New flower planters adding color to a backyard deck

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A beautifully decorated outdoor dining set

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: An Outdoor Dining Set with Flowers and a Floral Runner

The whole shebang has gotten an enthusiastic thumbs-up from old and young alike.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A cute little boy enjoys a glass of lemonade on his beautiful new backyard deck

Kelly blogs about do-it-yourself home projects at View Along the Way, where she chronicles her family’s attempts to fix up a beaten-down foreclosure, with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor to keep it all in perspective. They share easy step-by-step tutorials, ideas and inspiration for improving your home on the tiniest of budgets.

As a jumping off point for her updated backyard deck, Kelly used the Barnsley 7-Piece Metal Top Patio Dining Set with Textured Sand Cushions.

For more small patio decorating ideas, see other Patio Style Challenges, as well as our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Style Challenge is a series of posts 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. Kelly received the Barnsley Dining Set from The Home Depot and a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Kelly expressed are her own.