When it comes to outside space, size isn’t everything. With a few streamlined furniture solutions and some stylish décor, even the snuggest balcony can be transformed into an elevated oasis. Whether you want an alfresco dining space, an outdoor living room for socially-distanced entertaining or a peaceful green escape above the hustle and bustle of the city, these beautiful balcony ideas are sure to inspire.
Monochrome the masonry
A flash of vibrant color can instantly transform a compact space. Maximise the sense of space by echoing the wall shade with matching furniture for a fluid look that is so on-trend.
Tie up a hammock
Hammocks aren’t just for beaches and between trees – a small balcony can be a perfect secluded spot to bed down on. Choose a fringed version and fill with exotic print cushions in earthy tones. Add lanterns and you’ve got yourself a sunny oasis to gently swing the day away in.
Fit a fabulous floor
Looking for something a little exotic for your balcony floor? These IKEA porcelain floor decking tiles simply click together and create a beautiful statement. Let the floor lead with outdoor furniture that’s simple and understated.
Jazz up with color
Give an all-white balcony a color crush with hits of vibrant color. Choose metal furniture with simple lines in joyful primary colors for an uplifting balcony look that is full of freshness. Light will bounce off the walls intensifying the colour, creating the ultimate happy holiday vibe.
Keep it simple
Combine natural texture and peach melba tones for a relaxed boho vibe. Place coral coloured retro-look furniture on a round sisal rug against a neutral background and border with leafy potted plants for instant fresh energy and breezy vibes.
For a look that’s a little different, layer textured rattan furniture with bleached linens and pale-leaf plants. The chunky weaved seating will create a natural and global-style retreat that’s fun to achieve. Silvery leafed plants such as small olive trees or potted eucalyptus will keep the tone cool.
Mix and match furniture
An easy way to add color, curvy string chairs in bold, vibrant shades will create a fiesta of fun in your outdoor room. Team with deck chairs and a hammock in contrasting hues and prints and arrange around a low-level table for an eclectic social space.
Light a firepit
Faded flooring teamed with comfortable outdoor furniture in muted tones will create a Scandi atmosphere that’s calming and laid-back. Enjoy the outdoors even on chillier days with a warming and rustic firepit.
Wood panel the walls
Turn to earthy tones and textures for a harmonious space where you can kick back and relax. Set the mood with rustic wood panelling and pair with woven furnishings in geometric patterns. Accessorise with funky festoon lights and potted greenery for your very own urban oasis.
Become an urban gardener
If you’re green-fingered, then why not fit out your balcony with a potting station? To keep it tidy, choose storage units with cupboards underneath to hide away tools and plant feed. Meanwhile, you can fill the display shelves with your prized shrubs – succulent-style plants do particularly well in south and west-facing balconies.
Fill it with flowers
If your balcony is your only patch of outdoor space, bring as much fragrant foliage in as possible. Place large pots of hydrangeas on the floor and frame the area with railing planters filled with lavender and compact campanula, like Craftifair has done here. Add in a few tubular plants such as foxgloves and honeysuckle to help bees and other pollinators too. Don’t forget to leave room for a garden chair to enjoy your horticultural hideaway.
Be bold with color
A hit of strong color will instantly inject personality into your elevated space. This exotic and adventurous pink is offset beautifully against contrasting dark wood and black furnishings. Paint a feature wall or alcove for an inviting snug to recline in and soak up the summer sun.
Lay down faux grass
It isn’t for everyone but artificial grass can be a good route to a green space, minus the maintenance. These days you can find some pretty realistic products on the market – just make sure the surface area of your balcony is flat and has good drainage. Make sure you seek the advice of a professional before laying.
Accessorise with a rug
An outdoor rug is a great way of hiding a tired floor and creates an instant balcony makeover. This geometric monochrome print is elegant and striking, immediately drawing the eye down to the garden below.
Dazzle with brilliant white
Strip out the colour from your balcony for a sun-bleached Mediterranean vibe. Here, soft grey walls offset crisp white seating, while a blonde wood coffee table and woven accessories complete the calm and cool scheme.