Need smart ideas for your small apartment balcony? You’re not alone. I was recently hired to furnish a balcony in a condo community and was surprised to see the others with lackluster furnishings or none at all. There’s so much in the marketplace that caters to small spaces that no one should have an excuse for an under utilized patio.
The patio below shows how fun outdoor decorating can be even when it’s done on the cheap. If you happen upon a bistro set in your local thrift, then a few cans of high performance spray paint is all you need for a high impact transformation. A simple runner in happy stripes completes the look.
If you space is long and narrow, consider using one side for seating, the other side for dining. Imagine inviting a few friends over for wine and appetizers in this inviting outdoor living space.
Privacy screens are a huge plus when it comes to communal living. This balcony boasts seating for at least three people and is made extra cozy with casual textiles and toss pillows.
Below is my client’s space. At 9′ x 5′ it is the smallest outdoor space I’ve ever tackled. There are heavy restrictions on outdoor decor enforced by her homeowner’s association, but my design plan (minus the outdoor curtain intended for hiding the storage door) was approved.
There are heavy restrictions on outdoor decor enforced by her homeowner’s association; however my design plan (minus the outdoor curtain intended for hiding the storage door) was approved.A modern, tight-woven loveseat will provide a place for her to stretch out with a good book. If she chooses, there is still enough room for a friend to join her for a breath of fresh air. I also included a chair that can be folded when not in use and easily stored away in winter months. Planter boxes along the rail will bring nature ‘on deck’ and also maintain precious floor space. Lastly this zigzag outdoor rug will act as the room’s statement piece, the toss pillow will act as supporting characters.
I look forward to helping my client make the most of her outdoor patio especially now that warmer weather is ahead. I may even pull up a chair to take in the lush greenery in the community courtyard. Gotta love great amenities! Cheers!
UPDATED: Click here to see before and after photos of client’s patio makeover