Think there is nothing much you can do for that itty-bitty apartment balcony of yours? I can’t blame you, the balcony is one of the most overlooked spaces in a rental especially if it’s so tiny. But depending on the size, shape, and/or layout of the balcony, you can turn this tiny slice of space into something functional and decorative.
Designing an apartment balcony isn’t limited to putting a table and a couple of outdoor chairs. It shouldn’t cost a small fortune either. With a little planning, this space could turn out to be your favorite spot for relaxing! Here are a few of our favorite apartment decorating tips for a small balcony:
Plan the Setup
Careful planning is key to a well-designed balcony, no matter the size. So sit down, brainstorm for balcony design ideas, and/or look for inspos online. Think about the purpose that the space will serve. Are you decorating the balcony so you have a place to relax or to build an urban garden? Or perhaps, a little bit of both? Once you’ve decided on the purpose that the balcony will serve, you can start measuring the balcony and plan on getting all the pieces you need to complete your dream setup.
Decorate According to Proportion
One of the most important apartment decorating tips to consider when decorating a seriously small space is the proportion. Proportion correlates to the size between two objects. You want to make sure that you are optimizing the balcony to its fullest, not waste precious floor space with bulky patio pieces. By decorating according to proportion, you’ll know what furniture pieces fit your balcony, what pieces you can do without and so on. Usually, skinny or compact patio pieces are best for small balconies.
Use Weather Resistant Pieces
Regardless if you are transforming the garden into a lounging area or an urban garden, always consider the longevity of the furniture pieces that you will use. Decorating outdoor spaces require weatherproof pieces of furniture. Assuming that you are building a lounge area, use bistro sets, patio furniture, etc. These pieces of furniture are designed specifically to withstand the elements. The same thing can be said if you are building a garden, use weatherproof planters, plant stands, etc., so you don’t have to worry about the elements ruining the setup that you’ve worked so hard on.
Changing the Flooring?
Most apartment balconies have cement or tiled floors. If the flooring does not suit the look that you are going for, you can either update or hide the balcony floor. There are so many budget-friendly ways to improve your outdoor space’s flooring so explore the best option according to your needs. You can use treated wood decks, pallets, fake grass, paint (for cement floor), modular wood tiles or outdoor rugs to conceal the ugly flooring. If the budget allows for it, you can also have the balcony floor re-tiled.
Add Layers of Comfort
Regardless if you are transforming the garden into a lounge area or a small garden, it’s important to create a cozy, comfortable space so you can enjoy all your hard work even more! If you are building a place to relax and the floor space is limited, a small loveseat or a compact daybed makes a great seating option for the balcony. Just set this piece at the corner of the balcony.
If you are building an urban garden, on the other hand, you can create a serene haven by adding lushness to the arrangement. Layering outdoor rugs, adding a couple of chairs, decorating with funky throw pillows and then finishing up with string lights make any garden feel like an inviting oasis.
Make any space feel warm and homey by updating the lighting. Lighting plays a critical role in decorating any space. Stark lighting gives the impression of coldness while a warm glow elevates the look and ambiance of a room. You can use standing lights, a decorative lamp, or even string lights to give your small balcony a warm glow.
Decorate in Layers
One of the best apartment decorating tips that “completes” a bare or empty space: decorate in layers. In interior design, layering involves getting all the design elements of a room to work together while also standing out and making an impact individually.
The flooring, pieces of furniture, textiles, lighting, wall decors, decorative pieces, and even the wall coverings are the design elements that account for every design layer. Each of these elements plays its own role; you have to focus on building the room in layers to create a harmonious, cohesive design. You can do this by creating plenty of contrast, add a unifying element that pulls all the design layers together or focusing on the flow of the space.
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