The balconies of many of today’s apartments and condos are often not very big, and they can present somewhat of a design challenge. That’s why The Home Depot has a section on our website dedicated to creating big style in small outdoor spaces, including balconies, terraces or small patios.
Take a look at some of the great shots we found to show you how just a few pieces can make your small balcony the perfect outdoor lounge.
Balconies, even the small ones, were made for morning coffee (preferably with a newspaper), evening stargazing or enjoying a breath of fresh air anytime of day or night. And the beauty of a small balcony is you need little more than perhaps a couple of brightly accented chairs, some plants and the company of a good friend to create a colorful, cozy outdoor living space.
Loved this small balcony ensemble in Cali we found on Apartment Therapy because it shows how much style you can squeeze into a limited amount of space. The rich espresso wicker sectional patio furniture is a perfect fit for this balcony, together with the white seat cushions and contrasting throws pillows that give this space a sense of warmth and vibrancy. But the show stealer here is definitely the Moroccan inspired outdoor rug that draws all the elements together.
Sit. Eat. Chat. With a bistro or cafe set on the balcony, you’ll never need a reservation or have to wait to be seated.
Choices as simple as black and white create a striking theme for this small Stockholm balcony from Emma’s Blog. Whether you choose to go with a minimalist look or something more colorful, lush green plant life is an absolute must.
If you’re not using your balcony, or worst yet, if you’re using it to store a bunch of old junk, we hope you’re on your way to planning a funky small balcony makeover like this one we found Trend Home Design. Go with a strong theme, make a bold design statement or just put up a cool bamboo fence, find a couple of comfortable chairs and relax. But, put the elliptical trainer all that other stuff on Craigslist, and create an outdoor space to enjoy year-round.
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