Apartment Balconies – the Outdoor Oasis of Your Dreams
Hello, summer! For those with an apartment balcony, this bonus square footage offers the opportunity to stretch out in the warmer months. Create a refreshing outdoor living room that beckons you to venture outdoors this season with our tips below.
A Place for Everything or Nothing at All
Depending on your available space, your balcony can serve multiple functions – a place to dine, sip a cocktail, host gatherings, or just to unwind after work. These days, there are many options for weather-tested outdoor furniture that look just as refined as their indoor counterparts. Tables and chairs are crafted with artistic attention to detail. Couches or daybeds feature comfy cushions and vibrant fabrics and, when paired with pillows and a throw, make an art of lounging.
Design for Impermanence
Since this space is likely going to be temporary and your furnishings will need to be stored over winter, folding or stacking furniture is a great idea if space is at a premium. Wheeled furniture like a bar cart or TV stand can also serve double-duty in your main living area.
Take it to the Next Level
Flooring, did you say? On a balcony? That’s right! Easy-install teak tiles can add a luxurious, finished look. Faux grass can create a yard-like vibe. Or, an outdoor rug can instantly cozy up a harsh concrete expanse. All these require is simple sweeping or mopping to maintain a surface welcoming for shoe-free freedom.
Let Your Garden Grow
For urban dwellers, the balcony is likely the only way to commune with fresh air and sunshine. Create a garden oasis with containers and plant stands or go big with a vertical garden. If the building structure allows, hanging baskets with cascading plants adds a tropical flair. Grow herbs and tomatoes for the home cook and flowering plants for a touch of romance.
Light up your balcony to extend its life after dark. If you have access to electricity, outdoor-rated string lights offer festive illumination and can be easily added to if you need a brighter space. Hurricane candle lanterns provide a soft, dreamy ambiance.
Whether you want to dine al fresco, sneak in an afternoon nap or stargaze without ever having to leave home, your balcony can be transformed into retreat you’ll never want to leave!