If you live in a city your only outdoor space may be a small balcony. But you can make your balcony an impressive feature by clever styling and design. The article below first appeared in apartmenttherapy.com and will inspire you to make the most of your balcony space.

“One of the sacrifices you make as an apartment dweller is not having a backyard. If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space at all, it’s likely to be pretty small. But there are plenty of ways you can make the most of a small outdoor space, and make it just as lovely and inviting as any giant suburban backyard. Here are ten tiny balconies that get it right.

The most appealing thing, to me, about this balcony from Pretty Nice is the plants. Planter boxes all along the railing and plants clustered on the left side of the balcony give this tiny spot the feeling of a lush garden retreat. On the right is a small bench, suitable for curling up on warm summer days, and a side table for drinks. An outdoor rug helps to tie everything together.

One solution for a particularly small balcony (like this one from IKEA) is just to fill it up with plants. You won’t be able to go on the balcony anymore, but you can still open the doors to let the outdoors in, and you’ll have a view of some beautiful greenery. If your balcony is sunny enough, a citrus tree is a lovely choice (although you may want to put it on wheels to bring inside during winter freezes).

 

(Image credit: Marie Claire Maison)

This little balcony from Marie Claire Maison takes a completely different approach, prioritizing furniture over plantings. A small loveseat, table and chair turn this tiny balcony into an inviting spot for outdoor gatherings.”

 

 

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