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Palm Beach Island Oceanfront
Palm Beach Island Oceanfront
Bluedoor Building
Balcony - tropical balcony idea in Miami
ENCINITAS BEACH HOUSE
ENCINITAS BEACH HOUSE
Friehauf Architects Inc.
Beach style glass railing balcony container garden photo in San Diego with a roof extension
Horizon #503
Horizon #503
D. J. Stavropoulos
Inspiration for a contemporary balcony remodel in Atlanta
Gabriel Builders
Gabriel Builders
Gabriel Builders Inc.
Outdoor porch area overlooking mountain view
Inspiration for a craftsman balcony remodel in Other with a fire pit
964 Discovery Hill
964 Discovery Hill
Pinnacle Mountain Homes
Darren Edwards, Pinnacle Mountain Homes, Collective Design + Furnishings
Inspiration for a rustic metal railing balcony remodel in Denver with no cover
Casa Capistrano
Casa Capistrano
Tidal Interiors
Mindy Mellenbruch
Tuscan metal railing balcony photo in San Diego with a fire pit and an awning
French Country
French Country
Joseph Myers, Architect, Inc.
French country balcony photo in Cleveland
Northstar, Truckee, The Retreat Home
Northstar, Truckee, The Retreat Home
In House Builders
Example of a minimalist balcony design in San Francisco
Phoenix Mansion
Phoenix Mansion
AFT Construction
High Res Media
Balcony - traditional balcony idea in Phoenix with no cover
Farwell
Farwell
PRDG architecture + design
Inspiration for a contemporary cable railing balcony remodel in Seattle with a roof extension
Claremont Court
Claremont Court
Jetton Construction, Inc.
Charles Debbas Architecture Lane McNab Interiors Joe Fletcher Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary balcony remodel in San Francisco
Big Sky, MT
Big Sky, MT
SAV Digital Environments
SAV Digital Environments - Audrey Hall Photography - Reid Smith Architects
Large trendy cable railing balcony photo in Other with a roof extension
West Village Modern - New York
West Village Modern - New York
Cullman and Kravis
Example of a transitional metal railing balcony container garden design in New York with no cover
Pinewold
Pinewold
Whitten Architects
photography by Rob Karosis
Beach style balcony photo in Portland Maine
Portola Valley Residence
Portola Valley Residence
Jesse Goff Photography www.jessegoff.com
Example of a transitional privacy balcony design in San Francisco with a roof extension
327 Avenue F, Redondo Beach
327 Avenue F, Redondo Beach
CMS Interior Design Inc.
Example of a mid-sized beach style balcony design in Los Angeles
Wing House
Wing House
McClellan Architects
Andrea Brizzi
Balcony - large tropical cable railing balcony idea in Hawaii with a roof extension
StyleHaus - ICON South Beach - Eclectic Miami Getaway
StyleHaus - ICON South Beach - Eclectic Miami Getaway
StyleHaus Design
StyleHaus Design Pictures by Emilio Collavino
Trendy balcony photo in Miami with a roof extension
Westlake Drive
Westlake Drive
LaRue Architects
The bridged entry leads directly into a glass-walled Living area that overlooks the expansive golf course below. Located on a very steep lot, this house circuitously responds to the hillside landscape, allowing for amazing views from almost every room in the house. Published: Design Bureau, February 2013 Luxe interiors + design, Austin + Hill Country Edition, Winter 2013 Votre Maison: Quebec, Autumn 2012 Living Magazine: Brazil, June 2012 Austin Home, Winter 2011 Austin Lifestyle Magazine, June 2011 Luxury Home Quarterly: November 2010 Austin American Statesman, October 2010 Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, Summer 2010 (Cover) Photo Credit: Coles Hairston
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Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, having a balcony is a serious asset. But if you’ve been neglecting your outdoor space or simply have no idea how to decorate it, it’s time to make a change! With just a little effort, it’s possible to turn even the most basic of balconies into a true outdoor retreat. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to sunbathe and tuck into your summer reading, or a nook for enjoying afternoon drinks with friends, read on to glean some balcony ideas and inspiration.

1. Create a Garden of Potted Plants

Even if you don’t have a backyard, it’s possible to create a garden on the balcony with a multitude of potted plants. Opt for larger varieties if you want to create some privacy. Or add a flowering vine that will twist around your railing.

2. Small but Mighty

If you’re in need of small balcony ideas, focus on quality. It’s possible to create a cozy, inviting space even in tight quarters if you line it with luxurious details. Add some removable wood deck flooring, put in a small chair plus a warming light fixture, and you’ve got the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors.

3. Add Some Cooling Shade

Sunbathing on the balcony is nice, for about 15 minutes. Prolong the amount of time you spend on your outdoor ledge with a cover from the sun, like a shade sail, an awning, an umbrella or even a built-in wooden awning.

4. Squeeze in Seating

Think your balcony is too small for socializing? With the right setup, you might just change your mind. Add in a couple of chairs plus a small table, and you’ve got the perfect spot for summer cocktail hours.

5. Privacy, Please

A big part of making your balcony a place you actually want to spend time in is making it feel adequately private. Bamboo or lattice fences are affordable and can cover up wide gaps in your railing.

6. Soft Materials

Need some balcony ideas for a space that feels too cold, hard or simply unwelcoming? Think layers of soft and cushy materials. Add a hearty outdoor rug to the floor, line chairs with seat cushions and toss in some comfy throw pillows to lean against.

7. Lighting is Key

One of the best balcony decor moves is to bring in some warm lighting that’ll up the ambiance. Candles in lanterns, string lights or one glowing pendant light are all great options.

8. Focus on the Floors

Basic concrete floors aren’t all that inviting, but you’ve got several options to create a more warm and welcoming space. If you own your condo or home, consider adding balcony tiles in a pretty mosaic pattern. Renters can opt for removable vinyl tiles, wooden decking or simply an outdoor rug.

9. Make a Statement

Remember, this is your little spot to enjoy the view, breathe in some fresh air and soak up the sun! So have fun with your balcony design. Hang a hammock or a swinging egg chair, add an orange tree or a tomato vine, install a living wall planter — whatever makes your space feel special.


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