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How to Decorate Your Small Apartment Balcony

Castlery|Jun 24, 2024

When you live in an 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. Despite its small size, your balcony can become a beautiful and functional extension of your living space. 

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 your apartment balcony, start by selecting the right outdoor furniture that maximizes both comfort and space. 

Consider a folding bistro 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 Bistro Round Foldable Table with 2 Como Chairs Set makes for a perfect compact dining set for a small patio or balcony.

A foldable bistro table and two matching chairs.
A foldable round table with two dining chairs.

@tommy.lei shows just how a small rooftop space can be big on style with the Bistro Round Foldable Table with 2 Como Chairs Set and a checkered rug.

If you have more space, modular sofas are also a great option. They allow you to customize 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 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.

​​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.

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

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

An armchair with rope weaving and a solid acacia wood coffee table.
An olefin seat with water beading on the surface.

Our outdoor cushions are made from 100% olefin which is water-resistant, making it easier to clean.

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 organized but also serve as additional seating or surface space when needed.

Select a coordinated color scheme

A cohesive color scheme can make your small balcony feel more open and inviting. Choose a color 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 maximize space. Consider low-maintenance and small plants like succulents, herbs, or dwarf trees to add a touch of nature without overwhelming your space.

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 maximize functionality. Have a dining area with a small table and chairs for meals, a cozy corner for reading, and a dedicated spot for your greenery. This organization can make your balcony feel more spacious and purposeful.

@kerripagenyc creates an extension of her home with an indoor balcony and the Sorrento Outdoor Lounge Set.

A patio with checkered floor tiles and a 3 seater sofa, coffee table, and armchair.
A teak dining set placed out in the balcony.

@tashoakley turns her balcony into a dining area with a beautiful view. Pictured: The Rio Outdoor Teak Dining Set.

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 bistro set, a loveseat, 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 cozy ambiance. Hang them along the railing, on the ceiling, or across the balcony.

Choose warm white or soft, colorful 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 cozy balcony

Use the small space to your advantage by creating a cozy and homey balcony. Add pillows and throws, as well as plush cushions to make your seating area cozy. 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.

A small balcony big on style

You don’t have to miss out on the joys of outdoor living even when you’re limited by space. Your small apartment balcony is still a valuable extension of your home. With these creative ideas, you can transform your balcony into a beautiful and functional oasis for relaxation and entertainment.

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