Small Spaces, Big Style: Patio Makeover (1 of 2)
Updated: May 16
This is a 2-part post that is about a makeover of a little patio in an apartment building. It was turned into a serene place with calming influences. The other post has more information about specifically making the "Faux Living Wall"
We put the faux living wall outdoors on the patio as wall art because real plants can't grow on the patio the way the sun hits this side of the building. But it could easily go indoors as well as art.
This is at my Mom's apartment building. There was no furniture except for 2 white chairs with modern geometric design.
We already had the furniture and accessories, except for the faux living wall, which we made! We just moved them to this area. The table is like a small altar table or desk. They are an Asian inspired tower and Buddha sculpture. Also 2 faux plants, 2 terrariums with faux plants and 1 faux succulent. My Mom actually really likes gardening and real plants (haha!), but faux plants can be nice when you are decorating because you don't have to worry about watering them.
And you can always add in fresh flower and plant arrangements with your faux plants or change your setup however you feel.
We did a couple different arrangements of the plants and sculptures.
Tip: I usually find if you do not like an arrangement when you first make it, then you probably won't like it the longer it's there. So move it around. Here, these are small things that are easy to move around anyways.
Tip: When you are arranging anything sculptures, plants, art, etc.: Try to do a mix of heights and shapes with your objects, but also look for balance. It does not necessarily mean exactly symmetrical, but balanced. For example, if you have 2 larger plants, generally put 1 on one side and one on the other side for balance.
Example: The sculpture is tallest and a dark color; it's in the middle. Two larger plants -- one on the left and one on the right. Balanced, but not symmetrical. The faux living wall is where it is because that's the only place we could hang it, haha! :) But the placement of the sculpture is centered on the table and just to the left wall art; so this is aesthetically pleasing even though it's not centered.
Here are some other photos: Others are with a different arrangement.
We forgot to buy waterproofing spray, but we are going to spray the table down to make it waterproof since it's outside.
My mom has already moved the accessories aside and used it as a workspace as well! It's her new sanctuary.
Give it a try! We are good at this!