Creating a Beautiful Balcony

Outdoor living spaces aren’t just for people living in the suburbs with huge decks and backyards.   With some creative planning and a little work, an apartment balcony or patio can be transformed from an unused space into an outdoor oasis suitable for relaxing or even entertaining.  With the addition of some seating, plants and accessories a balcony can become an additional living space for apartment or condo residents.

It is important to consider the size of the balcony before purchasing furniture.  For a small balcony a couple of chairs and a small table will make an intimate breakfast area.  For larger balconies consider a patio table and umbrella for a comfortable place to have dinner or drinks with friends.  Whatever your choice, you can always add color and style with patterned weather-resistant cushions.

A balcony is outdoors, after all, and the best way to make it look like the outdoors is by adding some greenery.  Potted plants are great for balconies, not only do the plants add color and personality, the pots they are planted in can add additional style elements.  If floor space is limited, hanging plants are an alternative.  It is important to choose plants that are appropriate for the amount of sun or shade that hits the balcony.

Outdoor area rugs or carpeting is a great way to define the space and conceal the cement balcony floor.   Outdoor carpets are inexpensive and come in a variety of styles and colors that will complete the look of your outdoor space.  If electricity is available, stringing holiday lights on the balcony railing is a great, inexpensive way to add ambiance to your balcony, allowing you to enjoy the space late into the evening.  If electricity is not an option, candles can be used to create a warm and romantic atmosphere.

Using the tips mentioned above it is easy to turn any balcony or patio into a beautiful, relaxing outdoor retreat.  Remember to check with owners of the apartment building to make sure all rules and regulations are followed.  Then with just a little planning and effort you will be enjoying your new outdoor space in no time.

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