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How to Decorate your Balcony this Summer

7 Jul 2017, 8:43 AM
How to Decorate
your Balcony
this Summer
A balcony can be a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space, perfect for enjoying summer afternoons if you know what to do with it. Enjoying the summer when you don't have a garden can be a challenge, but a balcony provides the perfect opportunity to create a serene spot to enjoy the sun, even in the heart of a large city.

You may have a garden, but don't let that stop you - a balcony is a unique and exciting area to create, easily turned into your own little haven.

Decide on Your Purpose

Deciding on exactly what you want to use your balcony for is the first step in transforming it. You might want to create the perfect sun trap, a relaxing reading nook, or an alternative dining area. Given the inherently small nature of most balconies, it's unlikely you'll be able to do more than one of these things, so it's important to know exactly what your priority is from the outset.

What's your core aim? Are you looking for a space in which to entertain guests, an extension of an indoor space, somewhere to put your feet up and forget about the world, or a haven of green packed with beautiful plants?

Before you do anything, carefully measure your space and plan what you intend to do with it. Creating a firm plan before you start will enable you to be as efficient as possible in your use of space. It will also give you a chance to consider whether you want bespoke furniture or handmade furniture, that has been specially crafted to fit your balcony and save space, like a folding table clipped to your railing, or attached to the wall.

Creativity & Personalisation

Having a limited amount of space to work with does not mean you need to forgo creativity. Don't be afraid of experimenting with pops of colour, and design quirks to add a little personalisation to your balcony. Colour is a great way to add life and a little cheer to your balcony, and will also evoke that summer feeling you're craving. A few good ideas are bright cushions, rather than the standard beige or plan fabrics, patterned rugs, or colourful decorative items like lanterns or wind chimes.

Try to Stay Practical

While a little creativity goes a long way, don't go overboard. You don't want to overcrowd your balcony or fill it with clutter. Rather than stuffing in many beautiful, bright and colourful things, choose a few perfect items that give you a lot of mileage where creativity and aesthetics are concerned.

The Practicalities

If you're hoping for a little privacy on your balcony, you might consider fitting a screen. Another element to consider is lighting, especially if you plan to use your balcony during the evenings. If you're hoping to use it all year round, you might also consider ways to heat your balcony when it's chilly. Lighting can be another great way to add a pop of colour to your balcony, by using bright shades or strings of coloured lights. Another effective and eco-friendly way to light your space is the use of candle lanterns or solar powered lights.

It's All in the Details

There are a myriad of small details you can add to your balcony to really set everything off. While the focal point of the space will likely be the dining or seating area you choose to include, it's the little things that will complete the design. The addition of plants or a window box on the windowsill, a tiny side table in the shade to ensure you always have a good spot to leave your wine, or a footstool that's easily tucked away, but can be pulled out whenever you want to put your feet up, can really finish everything off perfectly.


When selecting your furniture, be sure to consider comfort as well as aesthetics. Popular choices for balconies are wooden furniture, and rustic furniture, both of which can be striking and create a variety of appealing atmospheres. There's no reason your furniture shouldn't be the lap of luxury, with modern cushions specially designed for outdoor use that are not only weatherproof but can add the final touch of style to your furniture.

At the end of the day, your focus should be on creating a space that's as individual as you are, and suits your needs. Where outdoor spaces are concerned, the balcony may be small, but it can easily be used to create the perfect sunny, summer haven. Contact Home & Furniture today for more inspiration.
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