Live in the city? 5 questions you need to consider to make best use of your urban garden space

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Live in the city? 5 questions you need to consider to make best use of your urban garden space

Designing a new garden patio for a small garden can be a challenging task. With limited space, it’s essential to create a functional and stylish outdoor area that maximises every inch. In this article, we will provide you with five considerations when designing a new garden patio for a small garden to help you create both a modern and workable outdoor space. Potentially 6 things to consider, bullnose as well for steps or copings?

How do you layout an urban garden?

Choose the right size patio for your space. When designing a patio for a small garden, it’s important to choose the right size. A patio that is too large can overwhelm a small garden, while a patio that is too small can feel cramped and uncomfortable. To determine the right size for your patio, consider the size of your garden and how you plan to use the space. If you plan to use your patio for dining or entertaining, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate a table and chairs as well as regular foot traffic. Also consider the size of tile. For example, large format tiles such as the 1m x 1m Dover create a very modern look. Consider a traditional 600mm x 900mm like the Berwick for a contemporary staggered laid style. Staggered tiles are a method of installing the tile so that the tiles own natural shape is the edge of the area rather than needing your porcelain tile to be cut to make a straight edge.

RBC Brewin Dolphin Garden by Paul Hervey Brookes for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

Also, be sure to consider the shape of your patio – here are some example of ways to shape your patio for smaller garden spaces

How do you make a small garden look stylish?

Consider the colour, texture and style of tile.Choosing the right colour for your patio is essential to create a modern and stylish look. As you know porcelain tiles are highly durable and we have a wide range of finishes to choose from. However, don’t forget that porcelain has the ability to be styled like more traditional materials, like concrete, stone, or pavers. These are becoming very popular choices for small garden patios because they are durable, modern and easy to maintain. For a more natural look, consider using wood-styled porcelain tiles. One big advantage to keep in mind is the ease of care for porcelain versus real wood that requires far more maintenance. Porcelain pattern packs (Boston & Carlo) or Natural Stone pattern packs can change the style that the paving is laid.

Carlo Rust Pattern Pack

How do you make your small garden bigger in appearance?

Create a focal point for your patio. Creating a focal point is an excellent way to add interest and depth to a small garden patio. A focal point could be a unique sculpture, a water feature, or even a colourful plant arrangement. The focal point should be placed in a strategic location, such as in the centre of the patio, to draw the eye and create a sense of balance.

How do you make fences or divider walls look more attractive? 

Make best use of vertical space. When working with a small garden, it’s essential to use every inch of space. To create vertical space, consider porcelain cladding to give you an idea of how you can help maximise space and add a sense of privacy.

Marston Grey Porcelain Cladding


Hanging baskets, wall planters, or even a vertical garden can be used to add greenery and interest to a small garden patio. Another option is to install a pergola or trellis to create a cozy and intimate outdoor space.

What are the best finishing touches to a small city garden?

Choosing the right furniture is crucial to create a comfortable and functional outdoor space. For small garden patios, consider using folding or stackable chairs and tables to save space when not in use. Outdoor furniture that doubles as storage, such as benches or ottomans, can also be a great option for small garden patios. Avoid bulky furniture that takes up too much space and opt for minimalist designs that complement the overall style of your patio.

Designing a new garden porcelain tiled-patio for a small garden requires careful planning and consideration. When designing your patio, consider the size, materials, focal point, vertical space, and furniture. With the right design and materials, even the smallest garden patio can become a modern and stylish outdoor space.

Remember to keep it simple, use space wisely, and choose pieces that serve multiple purposes.

A well-designed garden patio can provide you a great place to rest and relax outdoors when space is at a premium in homes in towns and cities.Need help deciding?

Get in touch with our team of patio experts at Caledonian Stone and we’ll run you through ideas to help inspire you as you create your dream patio space.

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