If you have a small outdoor space, you might be wondering how to make the most of it. A porcelain patio can be a beautiful and practical addition to a small back garden, balcony or terrace. With its durability and low-maintenance requirements, porcelain is an ideal material for outdoor use. But how can you make your small porcelain patio look its best? Here are some porcelain patio design tips for small spaces.

View from above of small rear garden with Silver Grey Porcelain paving, clay pavers and firepit.
Catherine Clancy chose 600x600mm Silver Grey porcelain paving for her small garden patio. Built by Bes Landscapes.

Choose the right size tiles

When it comes to patio design for small spaces, choosing the right size porcelain tiles is important. Too large tiles can overwhelm a small patio and make it feel cramped. A good size for a small patio can be 600x600mm as they are more likely work with the proportions. They also work well in a stack bond laying pattern, which works well in a small space as it has a more static feel than running bond which can draw the eye to the boundaries more quickly. You might also like to consider porcelain setts for small spaces.

Consider a monochromatic colour scheme

One way to make a small porcelain patio feel more spacious is to use a monochromatic colour scheme. By using tiles in different shades of the same colour, you create a cohesive look that doesn't distract the eye. Lighter colours can help reflect light but don't assume that they will automatically create a sense of space. Sometimes dark tiles make a space feel bigger.

Small patio of Slab Khaki porcelain corner of hedged garden with bench on 2 sides and lawn in front.
Tom Howard chose Slab Khaki 600x600mm slabs, laid stack bond, for this small patio design.

Add greenery

Greenery is always a great addition to any outdoor space, but it's especially important for small patios. By adding plants, you can bring in some colour and texture, as well as create a sense of depth. Choose plants that are suited to the climate of your garden and the amount of sunlight your patio receives, and consider hanging plants or wall-mounted planters to save space.

Think about furniture

Choosing the right furniture is crucial for a small porcelain patio design. Opt for furniture that's appropriately scaled to the space, and avoid anything too bulky or heavy. If you're short on space, consider multipurpose furniture like a bench that can double as storage. You can also add cushions and throws to create a cosy atmosphere.

Illuminated interior with Crittall doors opening onto Basalt Porcelain patio with lights in trees and planted border.
This design by Jen Berry Garden Design, built by Lanwarne Landscapes, shows how lighting gives depth to a design and how dark paving cn suit a small patio.

Use lighting to create ambiance

Lighting can make a big difference in the ambiance of your small porcelain patio. Use string lights or lanterns to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, or install small LED lights into the tiles themselves. By lighting up the space, you can create a sense of depth and make the patio feel more welcoming.

By choosing the right size tiles, using a monochrome scheme, adding greenery, choosing furniture to scale, and perhaps adding lighting to create ambiance, you can create a beautiful and functional patio that makes the most of your limited space.

Porcelain is an ideal material for patios and a practical and attractive addition to a small garden, but it requires careful planning and there are more ideas on how to design a small patio, which will help you create your perfect space.