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How to Decorate Your Small Apartment Balcony

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

When you live in a small apartment in the hustle and bustle of city life, the outdoors can serve as a breath of fresh air.

So, if you have a small balcony, you’re in luck - because no matter how compact your balcony is, it still holds tremendous potential. You don’t have to miss out on the joys of outdoor living even when you’re limited by space.

With a little creativity and thoughtful planning, you can transform your small apartment balcony into an inviting haven. In this article, we share some tips and ideas on how you can decorate a small balcony that still makes a big impact.

10 small apartment balcony decorating ideas

Use compact and space-saving furniture

When it comes to decorating a small balcony, start by selecting the right outdoor furniture that maximises both comfort and space.

Consider a folding balcony set that can be easily tucked away when not in use. These sets are perfect for intimate outdoor dining while being compact when folded, freeing up space for other activities.

The Balcony Round Foldable Table with 2 Como Chairs Set makes for a perfect compact dining set for a small patio or balcony.

If you have more space, modular sofas are also a great option. They allow you to customise your balcony setup based on your needs and can be rearranged as desired.

Additionally, look for furniture with a slim profile, such as narrow side tables such as the Casa C Side Table, or compact coffee tables. These pieces are designed to take up less space and create a visual sense of openness.

Opt for weather-resistant materials

Living in a small apartment often means you don’t have space to store your outdoor furniture when it’s off-peak season. Furthermore, if your balcony isn’t covered by shade, it’s wise to opt for weather-resistant pieces to prolong their lifespan even when they are left outside all year round.

Outdoor materials like teak, rattan, bamboo, or synthetic wicker are great choices for outdoor use. These materials are able to withstand the elements and often require minimal maintenance.

The Maui Outdoor Lounge Chair and Coffee Table is made from solid acacia wood, ideal for outdoor use. Picture credits: @lealukek_

When selecting cushions, pillows, and upholstery for your balcony furniture, choose fabrics that are specifically designed for outdoor use. Look for materials such as solution-dyed acrylic, polyester, or olefin, as they are durable and resist fading and moisture.

Olefin is a durable fabric option that’s UV-resistant and dries quickly when wet.

Additionally, invest in some furniture covers as it is always a good idea to give added protection when your outdoor furniture is not in use.

Create zones

Creating zones is a game-changer for small or long and narrow spaces as it can create the illusion of a larger space.

If you have extra room, divide your balcony into zones to maximise functionality. Have a dining area with a small table and chairs for meals, a cosy corner for reading, and a dedicated spot for your greenery. This organisation can make your balcony feel more spacious and purposeful.

Choose multi-functional storage

In small spaces, every inch counts. Choose furniture with built-in storage or incorporate decorative storage boxes, side tables with shelves, or benches. These not only keep your balcony organised but also serve as additional seating or surface space when needed.

Select a coordinated colour scheme

A cohesive colour scheme can make your small balcony feel more open and inviting. Choose a colour palette that complements your indoor decor and resonates with the outdoor environment. Neutral tones, pastels, or vibrant shades can all work wonders depending on your personal style.

Add some greenery

Greenery can instantly breathe life into your small balcony. Use hanging planters, vertical gardens, or railing planters to maximise space. Consider low-maintenance and small plants like succulents, herbs, or dwarf trees to add a touch of nature without overwhelming your space.

The Mico Rattan Armchair blends well with the greenery on @erikrichardlopez’s balcony.

Keep it simple

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to decorating your balcony, a good rule to follow is to keep it simple. Simplicity not only enhances the visual appeal of your space but also ensures that it remains functional and uncluttered.

Keep it minimal by choosing a limited number of furniture pieces that are essential - like a balcony set, a 2-seater sofa, or two lounge chairs.

Opt for furniture with clean lines, simple designs, and natural materials so they can gel well into any design style you plan to implement later on.

Spruce up the space with lighting

Adding lighting not only transforms your balcony into a welcoming space but creates a more functional area past daytime.

String lights are a popular choice for creating a cosy ambiance. Hang them along the railing, on the ceiling, or across the balcony.

Hanging string lights across the balcony can maximise floor space and create a functional area. Pictured: The Mico Rattan Armchair.

Choose warm white or soft, colourful bulbs to set the mood. To create a romantic atmosphere, you can use lanterns and candles as tabletop decor or hang them from hooks.

Create a cosy balcony

Use the small space to your advantage by creating a cosy and homey balcony. Add pillows and throws, as well as plush cushions to make your seating area cosy. Cover the balcony floor with outdoor rugs, carpets, or soft flooring options to add texture and warmth to the space.

If space allows, add a small day bed so you can take an afternoon snooze out on your balcony.

Add personal touches

To create a space that is truly yours, inject personality into your balcony with decorative accessories and personal mementos. Display items that hold sentimental value - like souvenirs, pictures, or artwork - that add character and charm to the space. But, be mindful not to overcrowd the space as it can make the small space feel cramped.

Your small apartment balcony is a valuable extension of your living space. Don’t underestimate the power of a small space because, with these creative ideas, you can transform your balcony into a beautiful and functional oasis for relaxation and entertainment.

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