Summer months are here and the weather is warming up, which means that we will finally get to spend more time in the outdoors. We can all agree that there is no better place than a balcony to bring the outside into our urban homes. Unfortunately, this space is often unused because it might not fit all the furniture you wish it could, but this shouldn’t stop you in creating a beautiful space you would enjoy during the warm months. Designing a balcony doesn’t have to mean putting out a small coffee table and a few chairs.
Instead, this year, invest a little bit of creativity and time, and turn this space into your new favourite place to spend time. That’s why we have created a list of ideas which will help you turn your balcony into an aesthetically pleasing and functional urban oasis. So, it doesn’t matter the size you are working with, the options for decorating a balcony are truly endless!
Even though there are a few tips that would simplify and help you with decorating ideas, you should bear in mind that designing a balcony is mostly a matter of catering to your own personal taste. So, the only rule to follow is the one that tells you what to add and choose to create a perfect spot for yourself and the ones you live with. However, there are certain things you should think about as you put together your design.
Proportion is the relationship in size between two items, and it is crucial, especially when decorating and managing small spaces. When decorating a balcony area, it is important that the furniture you choose is appropriately sized for its dimensions. If you are short on space, opt for less or thinner furniture.
This is one of the final, very important steps when finishing off any interior or exterior design. When decorating a balcony space, you can do layering by incorporating an array of textiles. For example, depending on the style you go for, consider adding pillows, a rug or perhaps a cozy blanket.
The importance of good lighting shouldn’t be neglected. As a matter of fact, we could even say that lighting plays a pivotal role in making just about any space feel homey and cozy. If you prefer to avoid any permanent outdoor lighting, outdoor lights, string lights, lamps or even candles would work just as fine. Fairy lights will make any space look magical!
Get ready to enjoy the warm summer weather from the comfort of your own home by using some of these amazing balcony design tips:
The living room is the place where we spend most of our free time when we are at home. Therefore, why not implement a living room design ‘formula’ on your balcony to make sure you turn it into a place you and your family will actually want to spend time in? This means that if you feel like adding a comfortable couch, armchairs or a rug, go for it. And that coffee table and pendant light you bought at the flea market last year and hasn’t found its place since then? It will fit right into your summer balcony décor.
When it comes to managing a small space, many people seem to forget to utilize their wall space. So let’s try to avoid making this mistake and instead make the most out of it! You can add shelves or a shelf ladder to place your plants and lights, a vertical garden or even install a floating table that can be easily flattened down.
Adding a fancy privacy screen will serve more than one purpose when decorating your balcony space. If you are dealing with a lack of privacy, and you want a stylish and affordable solution, investing in a weather-proof privacy screen is a must. There is an array of options on the market, and if you choose wisely, this item can also have a function of a balcony art piece. Besides, most privacy screens provide great shade, which would be essential for the hot summer days.
If you are one of those people who have always been dreaming about having a swing, but never had one due to lack of space, we’ve got some good news. Swing chairs aren’t just for porches. In fact, a swing chair or bench would make the perfect addition to your balcony space, and an excuse to be spending more time on the balcony. So, if your balcony has an overhang, just secure a swing and enjoy the view from a greater height.
Tip: Add some colourful pillows to maximize the comfort.
We lead busy lives nowadays, so who would say no to returning home to a wonderful oasis to their own after a tough day at work? No matter how small, our outdoor areas have become a key extension to our homes, so we should try to make them a pleasant and practical place to be. If you have a green thumb, then you are probably already investing time and energy in growing a few plants, but even if you don’t, there are plants which don’t require much time and care. Incorporating greenery into your balcony space design plan will pay off in no time, and before you know it, you will be enjoying your own little luxurious greenhouse.
You already know that there is nothing like candlelight to set the mood for romance. However, string lights and solar lights can cast a magical glow just as well. Besides, they might even be a better option, since a cool summer breeze can’t blow them out. There is a palette of options out there and they come in different sizes and shapes, so you can choose what works best for your balcony.
Are you going for a staycation this year? No problem, you can bring the vacation to your balcony by playing with colours and adding features that remind you of your favourite summer destination. If your balcony is large enough, you could add some lounge chairs for sunbathing and even a hammock for a comfy, afternoon open air nap. Glue shells to your favourite pots, add bright-coloured accessories, such as cushions or a rug, the options are limitless!
As soon as the summer months arrive we already start picturing ourselves laying at the beach or at a poolside in a private cabana. For those of you who prefer to stay home this year, you could make the best out of your balcony and turn it into a fancy cabana-like atmosphere. It might take up all the space your balcony has to offer, though, but investing in a daybed will give you the same lush ambiance and comfort.
If you lack enough space for even a small coffee table, you shouldn’t worry. Instead, try to make the most out of your balcony railing by transforming it into a practical table. All you need is a little bit of plywood if you want to do it yourself, or a pre-made table that would perfectly fit on your ledge. Just add stools and there you have it – a small space where you can enjoy your coffee or a nice cocktail in the evening with your partner or friends.
As much as we enjoy spending time sunbathing in summer, we should always remind ourselves that it’s very important that we protect our skin. This is why your summer outdoor makeover should include adding proper shade to your balcony space. You don’t need a large backyard as an excuse to get a giant umbrella or those white dreamy curtains that remind you of a special summer vacation. As soon as the first summer heat waves hit, you’ll thank yourself.
As soon as summer comes knocking on the door, we can’t wait to spend more time outdoors. Breathing the fresh morning air, soaking up the sun, enjoying the songs of birds – the perks of the hot summer months are endless. If you haven’t started yet, it’s high time you prepared your balcony for summer. And don’t worry about its size, with a little bit of creativity and time you can make it work. These tips will help you turn any balcony into a cozy, practical oasis where you and your family would enjoy spending time!