These 20 Balcony Ideas Prove This Often Overlooked Space Is Worth Decorating

So you don’t have a sprawling yard replete with a she-shed and swimming pool. If you have a balcony, a little attention can turn it into a favorite outdoor hangout spot. While any style can translate into balcony decor, there are a few things to keep in mind before you revamp your outdoor space.

For starters, the materials you choose for furnishings are super important and can be the difference between a soggy mess on your balcony and a hearty, long-lasting outdoor investment. Materials like resin wicker, wrought iron, teak, and plastic can handle most of the elements nature throws at them.

Also, size is also important. You don’t want to overwhelm a tiny balcony with an oversized sofa or let a large planter takeover your patio. Other than that, feel free to get creative! You can add tiles or an outdoor area rug, decorate with lights and planters, or even set up an outdoor cook space.

Aside from furniture, there are a few other elements that will help make your balcony shine. Plants are essential for spicing up a balcony space and boosting its decorative appeal. A little greenery goes a long way for making you feel like you’re immersed in nature. While many plants can find a way to survive both indoors and outdoors, it’s better to err on the side of caution when selecting the leafy friends you choose to place outside (your favorite ZZ plant is most likely better suited for a life behind closed doors). Flowers like geraniums and begonias, sturdy plants like bamboo, and fresh herbs all thrive on a balcony garden. The list of outdoor plants is long—just be mindful of the hardiness zone you live in and how much light your balcony gets before making any decisions.

Privacy can also come into play on a balcony. If you live in an apartment or close-knit community, total privacy may seem tough to achieve. But there are a variety of methods to help you wave goodbye to nosy neighbors and claim more personal space for balcony or small patio. Tall plants, climbing vines, and shrubs are great instant fixes. Weatherproof textiles and fabric hangings are great for closing off your space a bit and adding some much needed shade, too. You can even buy privacy screens made of everything from metal to bamboo. Or depending how large your space is, you could build your own screen lattice and deck it out with creeping plants. 

Once you have all the right pieces, putting together the puzzle of a perfect balcony is much simpler than you might think. To get you excited about setting up your own outdoor space, take a look at these charming examples.

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1. A Vertical Affair

Small space? No problem. You can still customize what square footage you do have by thinking outside the box. If you’re after plants, simply stack them and create a vertical garden rather than spreading planters out across the floor. Nesting tables and hanging planters are also great space savers.

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2.Eclectic Balcony

A colorful, eclectic mix of styles is what makes this balcony from a Bay Area house tour special. Established by the lucite chairs, the warm color palette is reminiscent of the ’70s. But the rug, planter, and chiminea give the space a subtle Mediterranean vibe. It’s a perfect blend of quirky, stylish, and soothing elements. 

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3. Jungle-Like Outdoor Space

Your balcony can be a beautiful reflection and extension of your indoor style. The stunning setup seen here looks stylish enough to be an interior layout, but it’s perfectly built for outside use. The plants provide a sense of tranquility and both the hanging circular mirror and orange marble tiles are cool personal touches.

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4. Sleek Minimalist Balcony

Balconies can be thought of as mini escapes and mentally transport you to a place that brings you peace. Use pictures of your favorite place as inspiration to customize an outdoor area that’s reminiscent of it. This particular space has a tinge of coastal mediterranean vibes—just looking at those bistro chairs and hanging planters make you let out a little sigh of relief!

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5. Chic Faux Balcony

Even if your place doesn’t allow room for a real balcony, you can fake it. A space for sunlight and fresh air is important. You can create a special window, as seen here, or simply carve out a little sitting area by your largest window to build out a faux patio. Just set up a set of chairs, a small side table, and a couple of plants, and you’ll feel like you’re right out on a balcony.

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6. Fantastic Flooring

What’s black, white, and ridiculously chic all over? This posh balcony in Singapore. Not only is the polished black and white tile floor a sight for sore eyes, but we also love how the rest of the decor pairs nicely with the flooring. If you want to recreate the look, start by adding some peel-and-stick tiles to the mix.

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7. Ethereal Elements

As this colorful house tour proves, canopies aren’t only appropriate for the bedroom. In fact, they can exude a whimsical vibe when placed on your balcony.

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8. Gorgeous Greens

It’s no secret that a balcony is a wonderful place to put your green thumb on full display, but we dare you to get a little more creative than placing your petunias in a planter. In Elizabeth Tulipana’s Chicago space, she artfully hung plants from her the side of her home. Vertical gardening has never looked so chic!

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9. Cozy Charm

Want to make your balcony feel as curated as the rest of your place? Take a cue from this Houston “tree house” by adding personal touches. The strategically placed shutters and delicate garland make this one outdoor space you’d struggle to leave.

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10. Hip Hangs

ICYMI: Dinnerware isn’t solely for your kitchen cabinets. This Wicker Park “casita” puts its plates front and center by hanging them as a gallery wall on the balcony.

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11. Lounge Away

Come summer, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your balcony, so it’s important to design your outdoor space with comfort in mind. Designer Trent Hultgren’s balcony had us at its cozy, striped hammock.

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12. Terrific Touches

Want to revive your outdoor area with spending a small fortune? Purchase some new throw pillows. In this Australian home, the pillows pack a punch to an otherwise sparse space.

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13. Pop of Color

You love using a fresh coat of paint to zsush up your indoor space, so why should you balcony be any different? The light green accents featured in this Chicago apartment is refreshing, yet has Mother Nature’s seal of approval

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14. Light it Up

With rows upon rows of twinkling lights, similar to this Brooklyn balcony, your outdoor space will look sharp any time of the day.

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15. Bold and Bright

Warning: This decor idea isn’t for design wallflowers. But from the bright yellow chairs to the cheery banana-printed cushions, we can’t help but smile whenever we see this rental apartment’s balcony. Isn’t that what summer’s all about?

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16. Party Pad

Love having friends and family over? Give you balcony the host’s touch with plenty of seating. This L-shaped couch on Allison and Luke’s cozy balcony makes the most of the small outdoor space.

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17. Day (Bed) Dreamin’

What better way to embrace those lazy summer days than kicking back and relaxing on a daybed? Actress and artists Karen Racicot nails the look in her eclectic Toronto home.

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18. A Touch of Texture

No, you don’t have to limit the fabrics on your balcony to durable canvas and vinyl. This Hollywood Hills home takes the texture up a notch by adding some sheepskin to the outdoor space. Just be sure to bring the more delicate fabrics inside before a big storm!

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19. Rug Revival

This just in: Adding a rug to your outdoor space doesn’t have to be an afterthought. In this warm, welcoming Toronto apartment, the earth-toned rug anchors the rest of the balcony.

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20.  Back to the Basics

Psst.. you don’t need a bunch of plants or hanging decor to have a beautiful balcony. Sometimes, all you need is a set of chairs and a small side table. Let this Amsterdam apartment show you just how stylish a pared-back space can be.