You don’t have to have your own backyard to create an outdoor space where you can enjoy dining al fresco or simply relax and take in the view. All you need are a few pieces of furniture and some greenery to extend the livable square footage of your apartment and create your own outdoor oasis on your patio or balcony.
Over the past few years, outdoor furniture has evolved to mimic the look of your interior apartment décor. Wicker is out. Wood is in. Plush chairs and ottomans upholstered with weather-resistant fabrics have replaced plastic chairs. Side tables and portable islands now feature durable granite or concrete tops that resemble those found in indoor kitchens.
Reach New Heights
A balcony is all about the view. When you sit at a traditional table, however, the railing gets in the way. Instead, consider a counter height table or a balcony bar and enjoy an unobstructed view of your surroundings.
Extend your time on your balcony or patio with rechargeable outdoor lamps. These are as fashionable as they are functional, enabling you to add vibrant pops of color and light to your outdoor space without the worry of tripping over a cord. Or, romantically illuminate your balcony or patio from above by hanging string lights.
Mix and Match
You don’t have to purchase matching furniture sets. The eclectic look is in. Feel free to experiment with colors, patterns, materials and textures to create a unique look that you love. Start with neutral-colored furniture so as not to overwhelm a small patio or balcony, then add colored or patterned throw pillows and accessories. Bohemian colors like rich reds and deep oranges are trending right now.
Plant Your Roots
No outdoor space is complete without some flowers or greenery. Select a base of low-maintenance evergreens like boxwoods planted in pots for year-round color, then add seasonal flowers in rail planters for color and variety. Top dressings such as bark chips, colored pebbles or slate pieces add a finished look to your balcony garden and also prevent soil from drying out too quickly. Don’t have a green thumb? Create a privacy screen with faux greenery instead—no watering required.
These are just a few ideas for outdoor apartment décor. The possibilities are endless. Share your own ideas by commenting below.