Apartment living has its pros and cons. Private outdoor space can be considered both an advantage and disadvantage. The advantage is no yard work. The disadvantage is no yard. Wherever you live, there is a desire to personalize the space, indoor and outdoor. Living in an apartment is no exception. Although apartment living does have its restrictions, you can put your claim on your own outdoor space by decorating the balcony.
Although most apartment balconies have limited space, there is usually enough room for a small table and chairs. Choose a small patio or bistro table that allows enough space for a pair of chairs. Enjoying a meal on the balcony allows you to experience the outdoors in your own little space.
If your balcony gets enough light during the day, you can start a container garden for fresh vegetables. Tomato, pepper, cucumber and even squash grow quite well in containers. You could also grow household plants, flowers or small shrubs on the balcony.
Hanging plants from the balcony roof provide a source of privacy as well as a fresh appeal. Install window boxes or pot holders along the balcony railing and place colorful planters out for display.
To make your apartment balcony more private, hang blinds or shades on the front and install a panel on the side if needed. Lattice panels add great garden appeal, whereas solid panels offer more privacy. Add softness and a touch of luxury with sheer curtain panels.
Place a rug on the balcony floor for added color, texture and comfort. Lay wood tiles on the balcony floor or create a garden oasis with stones and tiles.
Bring out decorative accessories that also serve a function. Load up on pillows for a cozy outdoor nook. Accent with colorful plants and pottery.
Outdoor string lights and candlelight add so much to the apartment balcony at night. Lighting makes a perfect setting for romantic dinners, sharing a beverage, or just relaxing while enjoying the night air. During parties, open up the balcony door and extend your entertaining space.
Decorate your apartment balcony for a personalized outdoor space. Use the space for casual dining, gardening and relaxing. Gain more enjoyment from your balcony by bringing a touch of you into the equation.