Small spaces are often fun to decorate and style as your boundaries are limited but, as you will see from these gorgeous images, your ideas definitely don't need to be. Spending time on trains and in cars, I often look at all the new apartment developments and find that most balcony spaces remain bare with hardly any of them decorated in any way. Often a place for a small table and chairs or the ubiquitous clothes horse, a balcony can be so much more.
Inspiration is usually found in Europe and from the cities of the United States where space is often at a premium. Over the years, people haven't let this deter them, they have simply made the best of what they have. I hope you love the ideas below and if you have an overlooked balcony, you are inspired to change the situation.
A gorgeous purple breakfast setting nestles beautifully in this garden. This really is only a small balcony but the residents here haven't let their lack of space deter them from their clear love of plants and gardening. This would just be an idyllic place to start the day.
Want a simpler look or you don't have a green thumb? Then this suntrap would be perfect. Built in garden benches are the ideal seating solution for a small balcony space as you don't need to worry about chairs blowing away and this is also a great space saving idea. Tucked into the corner here and using the high wall in the design, you are protected from the elements. Just a few pretty pots of greenery is enough to bring a touch of the garden.
If you are short of indoor space, your balcony can be another room. Here there is a comfortable sofa, small table and chairs and a coffee table, all styled in the same manner as an indoor area. Outdoor rugs have really changed the way we can style a balcony and plenty of pretty and colourful plants complete the look.
Make it homely and decorate the space with candles and feature lighting. This is only a small balcony but when decorated with warm throws and pretty plants, it is a fabulous outdoor room and a great addition to a small apartment.
Comfy chairs dotted amongst interesting plants and edible herbs makes a perfect place to while away an afternoon.
A true extension of the indoor space. With flooring kept the same you really blur the lines between inside and outside. A gorgeous statement tree is all that is needed here and of course the beautiful designer chair is just crying out for you to sit down and stay awhile – absolutely stunning.
One of my absolute favourites. Keeping to a colour theme of green and white, this is a gorgeous sophisticated place to sit and will also look amazing from inside. The fact that the Eiffel Tower is in the background just caps it off! Yes please…
Remember a tiny balcony should not be a reason to neglect a space. This small zone is brightened amazingly by this fun red folding table and chairs that can be easily stored away when the weather turns bad. Plants grown and hung from the balustrades mean that much needed floor space can be used for seating.
Want to keep things sleek and simple? Here is an interesting solution for both greenery and seating – all built in for those that like crisp, clean lines.
I hope that this post has inspired you. I loved putting the images together and gravitated towards them all for different reasons. My Pinterest boards have lots of ideas for garden design, outdoor living and dining – if you have time, take a look and I would love to hear in the comments section below if you have a small garden terrace or balcony that you have decorated.
For more reading and ideas you might like my article on how to link your outdoor room to the inside.
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