Balcony Design Ideas

When it comes to decorating, many homeowners overlook the design potential of their balcony. As an outdoor space, there may be some challenges to finding the right decor for this area, but treating it as an extension of your home may help you decide on some creative ideas. You can also use your balcony's design to compensate for a small-sized yard by incorporating natural elements to go with the outdoor scenery.

Consider Flooring

It may be easy to overlook the flooring for your balcony because many are basic concrete surfaces. However, your balcony's flooring can help establish the ideal mood for the space. If your balcony features a concrete floor, an outdoor-safe rug is an inexpensive way to jazz it up and add colour to the space. Painting a concrete floor to mimic the look of a carpet is another budget-friendly option. If you prefer a Mediterranean feel for your balcony, terracotta tiles provide a warm, inviting look. Wood is an attractive option if you are trying to create a natural vibe for your balcony.

Set up a Seating Area

Setting up a seating area allows you to comfortably take in the scenery, read or even catch some rays. In most cases, your seating options depend on the size of your balcony. If you have a larger space, a love seat and set of chairs are an effective option. For smaller spaces, choose a couple of smaller chairs to create a seating area. A bistro table set can be used for eating on a smaller balcony, while a traditional patio table and umbrella works well in larger space.

Create a Garden

While your balcony is probably not large enough for an extensive garden, use the outdoor space to create a lush, green retreat. If you live in an apartment and do not have access to any other outdoor space, growing a garden can be an enjoyable use for your balcony.

When using your balcony for this purpose, eliminate any other objects that might take space away from plants and flowers. Besides a couple of chairs, devote the bulk of the space to pots and containers for your greenery. Choose plants that grow upright to maximise your space or use a box to create a small herb garden. For an Asian twist, a Zen rock garden may also be added to your balcony.

Incorporate Lighting

If you plan to use your balcony at night, lighting is an essential component in its design. Depending on the space, you may choose to add mounted lights to the outside of your home or post cap lights to the balcony's railing. If your balcony is attached to a rental space, add temporary lighting, such as string lights that can be wound around the railing for a festive look. If your balcony does not have electric outlets, candles are another effective lighting option.

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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.