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The Basics of Balcony Decorating

So often we talk about large outdoor spaces, such as decks and patios, but what about those of you that have much less outdoor space to work with? You can still enjoy an amazing outdoor room, even if you only have a small balcony to work with. Today’s blog is going to be dedicated to making the most out of your square footage and balcony decorating at it’s best.

Balcony Decorating

Balcony Decorating

Apartments, condos, and the top floor of homes all have one thing in common, promising balcony spaces that give you a view of your neighborhood. Make the most of these small outdoor spaces by decorating with clear intent. Before we can start, walk out to your balcony, take exact measurements, and take an all-angles look at your view.

Determine How You Want to Use the Space

While you are standing there, think about how you would like to use the space. Is it where you want to enjoy your morning coffee? Is it where you plan of dining outdoors under the moonlight? Is it a zen getaway where you are going to unwind after a long and stressful day at work?

Make Furniture Selections

Once you know the use of the space, it is easier to determine what outdoor furniture pieces you need to make it function perfectly. The largest pieces should be chosen first, paying careful attention to the measurements that you took earlier. Once the big pieces have been chosen, add in smaller items such as side tables. Here are a couple of my favorite choices for small balconies:

  • Comfortable Arm Chairs
  • Beautiful Bistro Table Sets
  • Chaise Lounges
  • Love Seats
  • Benches
  • Rocking Chairs

Consider Floor Coverings

Once you have selected the furniture that fits your needs, take a look down. What is the floor of your balcony made out of? Is it comfortable the way that it is or would you like to do something to soften it up a bit? An outdoor area rug is an obvious solution but there are also some outdoor floor coverings that are a little bit less traditional.

  • Outdoor Rugs
  • Artificial Grass
  • Pebble Tiles
  • Stone Tiles
  • Stained or Painted Concrete

Add Plants and Decor Items

If you consider the furniture and flooring the outfit, the plants and decor items would have to be the jewelry of your balcony. Before you pick the plants that are right for you, ask yourself a couple of questions. What does the space still need? What plants make you happy? Do you want the plants to also be functional?

If your balcony is near your kitchen planting fresh herbs may be a great idea. If your balcony lacks privacy, bamboo fence rolls or tall screens can add a bit of privacy. If you are like me and seriously lacking a green thumb, artificial plants are an obvious and relieving decision.

Light it Up

Some balconies already feature gorgeous outdoor sconces. Others rely only on moonlight for illumination. Head out to your balcony as soon as the sun goes down and see what it needs in the way of lighting. Here are some options:

  • Decorative Wall Sconces
  • Outdoor Strand Lights
  • Outdoor Fireplaces
  • Uplights for Plants
  • Rope Lights Lining Architectural Features

That is pretty much all there is to it. When you apply these tips and techniques you are bound to have a gorgeous balcony design. If you want even more inspiration. Check out our Beautiful Balconies board on Pinterest.

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