It's only natural to want to spend more time outdoors when the weather is beautiful. For those of us that live in apartments, balconies are one of the best places to take advantage of sunny days and warm nights. From breakfasts al fresco to evening drinks, your balcony has the potential to become your outdoor oasis.
Balconies tend to be small and narrow, so decorating is a case of making the most of the space you have. But the good news is that you don't need a lot of items to create a beautiful space. Here are the essentials:
A seating area.
Depending on space, you might have room for an entire couch. You might only have room for a few chairs. You can maximize the available space by putting your seating against the wall, as this leaves room for a small table in the middle of the balcony. If you're going for a couch, go for smooth, flat designs that won't create bulk. If a sofa isn't in the budget, you can fake it by using a bench or even wood pallets. Make them comfortable by adding a thick cover and plenty of cushions!
Just a small outdoor table will suffice as a surface to serve meals and drinks. Remember, a round table will take up less space than a square table. If you want to keep things low, you can go the DIY route by using wooden crates.
These are what will make your balcony look and feel special. There are plenty of things you can add:
Balcony floors aren't always the nicest, so a beautiful rug will add some beauty and comfort for your feet.
Plants and flowers.
A touch (or a lot) of greenery will add a calming feeling to your balcony. Plus, a lot of plants thrive outdoors, so it's the perfect place to try out your green thumb. You can use a narrow ‘ladder' shelf to display your plants vertically and avoid having clutter on the ground, or find hanging plants.
Enjoy those lovely summer evenings for as long as you can by bringing the light to your balcony. It might already come with a standard bulb, but fairy lights and lanterns are just more magical!
Throws and cushions.
We've already mentioned pillows, but we'll reiterate. The comfort of a home should extend to the outdoors! Plus, they add character that will make your balcony just as nicely decorated as your other rooms.
Covers and curtains.
Want a bit of privacy? While it might not be entirely possible, especially in a big city, it's partially doable. You can cover up a glass barrier with bamboo mats for a tropical feel. If you have a corner unit, consider hanging up a breezy net curtain on the corner side. Those with a green thumb can even grow their bamboo wall!
Enjoy the best of home comforts and the outdoors with a beautifully decorated balcony.