Most of us dream of a little space in the sun — even if it’s just a cute courtyard or balcony of our inner-city pad. But just because your alfresco area is small doesn’t mean it can’t be big on style and comfort. If you’re currently using your balcony as a wasted space for the clotheshorse or graveyard for all your dead pot plants, you’re missing out on your very own urban oasis! Here’s our top 10 list of beautiful balcony decorating ideas to make your tiny space oh-so-tempting all year round.
A blissful balcony essential is a cosy space to sit down in the sun with a cuppa, magazine or evening wine. Consider your requirements… if you want to create a private oasis, get a comfy armchair, daybed or hanging basket just for you. If you like to entertain, pick out a pretty little settee or small alfresco sofa so there’s also room for your guests.
Of course, you’re going to need a little bit of surface space for the wine glasses and cheese platter. Pick out a little garden table or side table, taking into account the weather. If your table will be exposed to rain, you could chose something that could be brought inside when not in use.
Capture the look of the great outdoors with plenty of pot plants, hanging plants or even a vertical garden with mounted planters, or use faux plants to get the look without the upkeep. Pop them into eclectic pots and hanging baskets for a luscious looks.
Outdoor cushions come in an enormous range of colours and patterns — from jungle prints to vibrant florals. Made from recycled PET plastic, they’re very weather resistant and an easy way to add fresh colour on your balcony that can be updated every season.
Nothing offers that outdoor luxe look more than a rug. In covered spaces, you’ll be spoiled for choice with beautiful rugs in a range of colours and materials, including eco-friendly jute and hemp. If your balcony is exposed, pick an outdoor rug made from recycled plastic.
String up festoon lights or hang some lanterns to create a wonderfully festive or romantic ambience. You could even opt for coloured lights to bring a little magic to your balcony space.
No one wants to kick back on their balcony with an after-work drink and be ogled by the neighbours. Create a little privacy with plants, bamboo or an outdoor screen.
Enjoy your blissful balcony space year round with an outdoor heater and/or fan, and don’t forget an option for shade if you’re exposed to too much sun.
Speaking of comfort, throw blankets are essential. You could keep a selection in a storage coffee table outside, or just bring them out as required. Even on crisp evenings, outdoor entertaining is heavenly when you’re cuddled up.
Create a snuggly space for the pooch, too, with a cosy dog bed or cushion. Dogs love the outdoors even more than we do and, of course, they always want to be by our side. Give them their own little space to nestle down beside you.