It’s that time of the year when you can enjoy outdoors the most.  If you do not have a garden or a backyard, or not even a terrace; you can still enjoy the outdoors by giving your humble and neglected small balcony a much-needed makeover.

These easy to incorporate simple design ideas and tips will instantly make your small balcony your favorite place to hangout.

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1. Paint:

It’s time to paint the railing and walls of your balcony to freshen up the look instantly. In fact, it being a small area you can do it yourself too. Pastel shades, neutral browns and off whites look the best. If you have a blank wall, you can jazz it up by painting it with stripes or use a stencil to make repetitive patterns for added interest.

Cordinate the color of your balcony wall with plants, furniture and other accessories to create a hamonious look [Source]

Coordinate the color of your balcony wall with plants, furniture, and other accessories to create a harmonious look
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2. Plant:

A few plants can be enough to enliven your small balcony. Try to choose plants which are low maintenance if you don’t have a green thumb. A simple trellis with one or two climbers can also to the trick. Try and choose plants that can grow well in small spaces.

Our Guide for Balcony Plants can help you out in selecting right plant for your balcony depending on the factors such as sunlight, the wind, etc.

Succulents vertical wall for small balconies that work well in sun and partial shade [Source]

Vertical Green Wall for small balconies with Plants that work well in sun and partial shade
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A combination flowering and non flowering plants of different sizes create interest [Source]

A combination flowering and non-flowering plants of different sizes and texture create interest
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3. Use Pots & Planters:

Choose pots to match the plant size and the overall balcony style. The material options are plenty: terracotta, plastic pots, metal planters, etc. with conventional or quirky designs; so choose according to your style and budget. Choose railing planters or wall mounted pots if you want to save some floor space on your small balcony.

Herbs planted on colorful wall hung pots [Source]

Herbs planted in colorful wall hung metal pots
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Self-watering Railing planters are ideal for small balconies [Source]

Railing planters are ideal for small balconies
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4. Furnish:

If you want to make your balcony a place to sit and relax, then some cozy seats are a must. Seating in a balcony can range from just a floor cushion to outdoor sofa chair. If your balcony has multiple uses opt for foldable furniture or furniture that can be utilized indoors as well as for the balcony. To get maximum seating area place benches along the perimeter of the balcony.

Foldable chair and table: Perfect for a small balcony [Source]

Foldable chair and table: Perfect for a small balcony
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Seating options for a balcony are not just limited to simple chairs and benches. You can try placing swing too. [Source]

Seating options for a balcony are not just limited to simple chairs and benches. You can try placing a swing too.
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5. Accessorize:

Add accessories to instantly enhance the look of your small balcony. The choice of accessories depend on the type of ambiance and use for your balcony. Tea lights, small water fountain, cushions whatever may be your choice, remember not to go overboard, just add two or three key accessories. Also, make sure to cover your balcony in case of they direct sun exposure and rainwater.

Simple and minimal accessories with similar color palette can turn your balocny into a more inviting space. Notice the similar shaped pots. The larger pot is balance by placing the two laterns on the other side. [Source]

Simple and minimal accessories with similar color palette can turn your balcony into a more inviting space. Notice the similarly shaped pots; the larger pot is balancing a small pot and two lanterns on the other side.
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6. Use Rugs:

Add simple cotton or jute rug if your current flooring is not very appealing. Choose a color, pattern and textures that blend with the overall color scheme. If the whole balcony is more or less monochromatic, you can use rugs and mats in bright colors to add a colorful interest.

This orange rug matches the flowering plants and adds brightness to the whole balcony [Source]

This orange rug matches the flowering plants and adds color to the whole balcony
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7. Improve Lighting:

Mood lighting and spot lighting techniques work best for a small balcony. You don’t want your balcony to be over-lit to disturb your neighbors or attract insects at night. A mere string light can do wonders. You can opt for small spike type solar lights if there is an ample amount of sun during the day in your balcony.

For more, read our upcoming article on “Lighting Design Ideas for Balconies.”

Just simple strand of string lights can enliven your small balcony [Source]

Just simple strand of string lights can enliven your small balcony
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8. Add Some Storage:

Try and incorporate a storage space for all your balcony equipment and items (plant tools, extra pots and furniture, manure and small equipment, etc.) and conceal it by converting it into a seat or place some plants over it. This way you will always have all items necessary to maintain your balcony at a single location.

 

Command hooks on walls to stowaway the foldable furniture when not in use and bench with storage underneath [Source]

Command hooks on walls to stow away the foldable furniture when not in use and bench with storage underneath
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 We will be bringing more posts on Balcony design ideas and DIY soon. Do check back on us!

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