Brilliant balcony ideas to create an outdoor paradise

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A fruitful balcony idea is one that can transform an uninspiring, tight area into a lovely, welcoming space. If you learn how to make the most of it, even the smallest outdoor space can become a place that offers you an escape from everyday life stressors. Creating your little outdoor paradise can work wonders in enhancing your mental health. You can lay there in the morning while having a coffee or watching the sunset after a busy work day.

When railings and walls confine your gardening dreams, creativity is essential to design a remarkable space that you can enjoy. It’s all about thinking outside the box and looking for ways to make the most of every surface, from floor to walls and the ceiling. Mix plenty of greenery with multifunctional storage and furniture, and you’ll have an exceptional space where you can sit for hours. If your garden balcony doesn’t resemble that on your Pinterest board and looks uninspiring, it’s probably time for a makeover. Here are seven brilliant balcony ideas to help you design an outstanding outdoor retreat.

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Create a small garden

Treat your balcony as if it were a small garden and choose different planters and shaped pots to create interest and diversity regardless of the time of the year. Besides, adding greenery is a practical way to design a more intimate outdoor space, covering it from passers-by.

Instead of reserving containers and pots for plants, consider using them for growing vegetables like tomatoes. Another idea is to use them as a mini herb garden. You can find several guides on the Internet and YouTube tutorials to learn how to grow vegetables in pots in a compact space.

Add a simple bench

You can add seating to your balcony without blowing your budget. An inexpensive bench can go a long way in creating a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy your favourite book. Bring some cushions outside to add comfort, and you’ll have the perfect seating area.

Contemporary aluminium benches are excellent for low-maintenance balconies because they are resistant to all kinds of weather and don’t require upkeep. However, if you want to keep your costs down, a DIY project may be more suitable for you.  

Fill your balcony with plants

A lack of borders on your balcony doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into a verdant plant haven. Planting in this space is more challenging than in backyards because you can’t plant directly into the soil, and the space is smaller. However, that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying flowers’ beauty. You can use pots and containers to position your plants wherever you want in the space. Plant pot holders and hanging planters can help you maximise the space of the floor.

Depending on the ambience you want to create, there’s a wide range of colours you can choose from. Balcony planters are perfect for designing greenery and welcoming spaces. After all, the design process is about your preferences and the result you want to get. For instance, if you prefer a minimalist space, one oversized planter may be the ideal option for you. Adding plants to your balcony is a fantastic way to add colour to the area and personalise it. Another excellent idea is to choose a planter on wheels – you can move it around and create a flexible space.

Opt for space-saving furniture

Wonder how to achieve balcony happiness? Choose foldable furniture! It’s the ideal design as it looks excellent when you’re using it during summer, and you can store it away neatly to one side of your balcony as the seasons change.

A sail shade is also an excellent balcony idea, as it provides a lot of shade from the sun during summer days and creates a cosier atmosphere during autumn evenings. Plus, it doesn’t take up too much space.

Paint your walls

An excellent balcony idea means considering every surface. So, you should not forget about your walls. Giving them a makeover can enhance the entire look of your space. Supposing there’s a brick wall on your balcony, you can paint over the bricks using coloured masonry paint to add light to the scheme’s feel.

Moreover, masonry paint will also protect the bricks during winter, so it’s a win-win. Choosing a suitable neutral shade will offer a blank canvas for the rest of the scheme.

Turn your balcony into an exotic paradise

Do you want to create a relaxing space that gives you a holiday feel? If the answer is yes, you can get inspiration from North Africa’s rooftop terraces. It doesn’t matter that you don’t have the white-painted walls – you can add low-level benches and cover them with sheepskin rugs and cushions. Add multiple tropical plants to these elements and create your exotic paradise.

And don’t forget to add tea lights and lanterns to create a magical holiday ambience on your balcony.

Create a chic black and white space

Garden colour schemes don’t have to be complex – in fact, choosing simple palettes is more suitable for small spaces. You can create a classic black and white look in your space in some simple steps. Combine monochrome flooring with complementary accessories, and you’ll get a design of a chic space that will never be outdated.

Also, porcelain floor tiles are an excellent way to spruce up your outdoor space. They are non-slip, durable and easy to maintain and can effortlessly add a burst of colour to your balcony. Pick a design that matches your style. Opt for a mono geometrics design if you want to add a bold note to your space. Or, supposing you prefer a traditional yet elegant look, vintage floral designs are the perfect choice for your outdoor paradise.

Final thoughts

There are no limits to what you can do when decorating your balcony. Besides these ideas, there are several other ways to create the space of your dreams. It’s all about how creative you can get!

With some inspiration, you can turn your small balcony into a comfortable space where you can chill after a busy and stressful day.