For most people, apartment living doesn’t necessarily offer outdoor space for luxuries like a swimming pool. But if your space has a balcony or terrace, rejoice! You have your own little piece of nature and you can shape it however you want. A little attention to detail (and of course our expert styling tips!) can transform a small, drab balcony into your very own outdoor oasis.
Tips for decorating a balcony
Here are a few tips to consider when redesigning your outdoor space.
Start with furniture: The first thing you’ll probably want to add is some furniture. But remember that whatever you put on your balcony is exposed to the elements. Materials like resin wicker, wrought iron, teak and plastic stand up to most things Mother Nature throws at them.
Decorate with Plants: Next it’s time to add some things that will help your balcony shine. Plants are great for sprucing up the space. Flowers such as geraniums and begonias, vigorous plants such as bamboo and fresh herbs thrive in a balcony garden. The list of outdoor plants is long – just be aware of what hardiness zone you live in and how much light your balcony gets before making a decision.
Invest in Privacy: Finally, consider whether you want privacy in your outdoor space and how much of it you want. Tall plants, climbing plants and shrubs can help you say goodbye to nosy neighbors and gain more personal space. Weatherproof textiles and fabric hangings are great for adding a little delineation to your space while providing some much-needed shade. You can even buy privacy screens made out of everything from metal to bamboo. By now you’ve probably realized that there are plenty of balcony ideas that can be implemented, even for the smallest of spaces. Ready to start? Check out the adorable examples below.