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Balcony design ideas are making the most of outdoor space that often comes at premium. Not matter the size or style, if you have a balcony, you’re lucky enough to have a little extra living space you can adorn any way you like. Check out these ideas for balcony decoration that will easily transform it into a true oasis!

Pro Tips to Know Before Starting Your Balcony Decoration

Bali inspired balcony design

Bali-inspired balcony design by Decorilla designer, Casey H.

When it comes to amazing outdoor design a well-put-together balcony is equally a great place to relax, get some fresh air, entertain guests or just chill with your family. There are many things you can do to make the environment more enjoyable, so let’s start with a few pro tips for designing your balcony:

  • Choose the suitable materials for your balcony design. You want something durable and resilient that does not require constant maintenance.
  • Consider how much space you have on your balcony when designing it. You don’t want to overcrowd the floor with furniture or plants, but it shouldn’t feel too bland or unfinished, either.
  • Think about what kind of mood you want to convey on your balcony when designing it. Do you want a relaxing atmosphere? Or do you prefer something more lively?
Balcony design by Decorilla designer Arpine A

Balcony design by Decorilla designer, Arpine A.

The first thing you need to do is decide how you want to use your balcony. This will help you determine the type, size, and shape of the features, as well as the kind of materials you will need.

For example, if you want it to be an outdoor dining area, then it should have enough space for at least two people to maneuver around chairs or benches comfortably. And if the balcony is too small for such a design, perhaps it could serve great as a reading nook.

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10 Best Balcony Decoration and Design Ideas

Balcony design by Decorilla designer Drew F

Balcony design by Decorilla designer, Drew F.

 A balcony can be more than just a place to enjoy the outdoors, serving even as an additional living space in your home. It can be used for a variety of purposes, such as an outdoor dining area, a reading nook, or a place to grow a multitude of plants. Here are some balcony decoration ideas that will help you create a small sanctuary for spending time with family and friends.

1. Install a Built-In Bench

Small modern balcony design with a bench by Decorilla designer Renata B

Small modern balcony design with a bench by Decorilla designer, Renata B.

There are several ways you can use a bench in your balcony design. It can be a place to sit and relax but also double as hidden storage or even a coffee/side table. This versatile furniture piece can be a perfect element of a cozy setup for enjoying your favorite beverage while gazing at nature.

2. Raise a Gazebo

Balcony design with a gazebo by Decorilla designer Marybeth C

Balcony design with a gazebo by Decorilla designer, Marybeth C.

 If you’re looking for something that’s both functional and attractive, consider building a gazebo. These whimsical structures are great additions to any spacious balcony or patio design ideas. They not only provide shelter from the elements but also elevate mood, adding beauty and style. Especially when adorned with a climbing plant such as wisteria or a bougainvillea.

3. Incorporate a Fire Pit

Balcony decoration ideas by Decorilla designer Ibrahim H

Balcony decoration ideas by Decorilla designer, Ibrahim H.

Fire pits are perfect for entertaining guests and creating a relaxing atmosphere. This type of patio furniture is also highly functional, greatly extending the outdoor season if you live in a continental climate area.

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4. Enhance Your Apartment Balcony Decoration with Clusters of Pots

Small modern balcony design by Decorilla designer João A

Small modern balcony design by Decorilla designer, João A.

Pots are a great way to embellish your balcony area. They can give off that relaxing atmosphere so desirable in an outdoor space. You can use them to grow small plants but also arrange displays with decorative items and candles. If you have a huge pot, you could even combine several compatible plants inside, creating a unique arrangement.

5. Add a Statement (Green) Wall to Your Balcony Design

Balcony design ideas with a living wall by Decorilla designer Casey H

Balcony design ideas with a living wall by Decorilla designer, Casey H.

A statement wall is an excellent way to add character to your space. When it comes to balcony design, consider living walls or hanging plants with long branches such as Spanish Moss or String of Pearls. Alternatively, you can integrate a vertical wooden garden wall and arrange a variety of vegetables or spice herbs all over it. 

6. Create an Intimate Seating Area with Balcony Decoration

Contemporary balcony design ideas

Contemporary balcony decoration by Decorilla designer, Drew F.

Usually limited for space, the best balcony design ideas make the most of limited square footage. A compact sofa and a complementary chair or two are all you need for a cozy space to kick back with friends, family, or a good book. If space allows, add a center table to set drinks and small balcony decor. And don’t forget an umbrella so the space can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

7. Take Advantage of the View

Contemporary balcony Decorating by decorilla designer

Contemporary balcony decorating by Decorilla designer, Jessica S.

When you’re lucky enough to have stunning views from your balcony it is a must that the design allows for soaking in the scenery. Arrange at least some of the seating in the direction of the landscape (or cityscape) for the perfect place to just appreciate the view. The earlier tip of adding a fire feature also works well, adding the perfect touch of ambiance. 

8. Add a Variety of Lighting Fixtures

Quaint balcony decoration

Quaint balcony decoration by Decorilla designer, Sonia C.

Light plays a significant role in how your balcony design looks and feels. If you want to create a romantic atmosphere, use string lights and candles. On the other hand, if you prefer a more neutral look, try using dimmer lights. Tactically hiding some lamps in the bushes will give off a soft light that conveys a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. 

9. Change Out the Flooring

Balcony decoration with a fire pit by Decorilla designer Sarah M

Balcony decoration with a fire pit by Decorilla designer, Sarah M.

Chances are the flooring of a balcony leaves a lot to be desired. One easy fix is to throw down an indoor/outdoor area rug to add cushion underfoot and further enhance the design. Another option is interlocking floor tiles made for balconies and patios. These come in a variety of designs, textures, and colors allowing for a more polished look than the original flooring. 

10. Create a Full-Size Outdoor Living Room

Rooftop balcony design ideas by Decorilla designer Berkeley H

Rooftop balcony design ideas by Decorilla designer, Berkeley H.

If you are blessed with a spacious balcony or even a rooftop deck, you can design a perfect spot for relaxing and unwinding after a long day at work. Start by ensuring that there is enough room to accommodate whatever activities you have in mind. Those can include an outdoor kitchen, a summer home cinema, or even a hot tub. If you enjoy hosting parties, think about the diverse ways you can sit all guests comfortably without feeling cramped.

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