Make the Most of Your Smaller Balcony
A smaller balcony doesn't have to suffer the fate of being unused. You might have a smaller outdoor space, but that doesn't mean it can't be big on style. Breezy afternoons and evening sunsets should be enjoyed all summer long no matter how much space you have. If you're looking to enjoy a bit of the outdoors from your rental apartment, here's some balcony inspiration to get you going.
Choosing the right furniture can make a significant impact on a smaller balcony. With outdoor furniture looking more like indoor furniture, you can seamlessly pull your style aesthetic outside. While you're considering style, think about how you'd like to use your space and its primary function. Will you be entertaining, relaxing, or working? Once you hone in on those key elements you can start planning for specific pieces and placement.
Being short on space may mean your furniture will have to do double duty. Use storage benches to hide essentials like a small barbeque, potting soil, or other outdoor tools and decor items. Side tables that fold up and can be easily stowed are a smart choice to have on hand when entertaining guests. Crates are also a good choice for side tables that can also hold or hide certain items.
Thinking creatively about the furniture you use will not only keep your balcony unique but also keep your budget down, if necessary. A DIY pallet sofa with a custom seat cushion in a canvas drop sheet and matching loose pillows for the back, can cozy up a stark corner and be great for lounging if made into an "L" shape. Add a few additional throw pillows in a fun outdoor fabric for a fresh pop of colour.
Warm things up
Consider warming things up with interlocking deck tiles. Adding wood tones can instantly add interest and make things feel cleaner and more finished. Deep rich browns can be a great foundation and base to work with when adding furniture and decor items. The best part is they are inexpensive, easy to install, and can be removed and reused when you move. They are also easy to clean, and comfortable to walk on.
Throw, layer, and scatter
Throwing down an outdoor rug can be a great solution to hide unsightly concrete and add personality. Or consider grabbing a few smaller rugs and layering them on top of each other for a scattered look. Small rag rugs are perfect to use on a balcony. They are inexpensive and can be tossed in the washing machine when necessary.
One of the best ways to make your balcony feel soft and inviting is to add plants, lots and lots of plants. Use pots of varying sizes with plants of different heights to fill in your space nicely.
On really hot summer days, having a place to cool down can be a sweet luxury. Adding a small dipping pool or fountain is an unexpected way to insert a bit of fun to your balcony.
Setting the mood
Lighting is a great way to create just the right mood. Whether you're dining alfresco or just enjoying a lovely summer evening, the right lighting can make time spent outside much more special.
Creating a special space to enjoy outside doesn't have to be a big chore or cost a lot of money. It just takes a bit of thought, planning, and a day or two to pull it all together. However you choose to decorate your balcony, we hope these tips will help you live better and enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.