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50+ Beautiful balcony ideas – furniture, garden and privacy designs

By Elise Hodge

Published: October 24th, 2019

Your balcony is just as important as your living room!

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When it comes to designing your home, it can be easy to dismiss the balcony. But the truth is that’s it’s as much a part of your home as your living room – especially if you enjoy the outdoors. So, if you’re lucky enough to have one, here are some lovely balcony ideas so you can make the most of it.

On one hand, you may be a fan of all things simple and minimal. On the other, you might prefer loud colours and vivacious patterns. You might have a large, expansive space to fill, or you might only have a tiny nook. Whatever your requirements and however your style, there’s bound to be something for you below.

1. Sweet and simple

If you have a tiny balcony, make the most of it by adding a small two-person table and chairs. As for decor, add a small potted plant on top of your tiny table and your space is complete!

Simple balcony
Source: Fantastic Frank

2. Use patterns and texture

Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit by adding different patterns and textures. This balcony design does this so well. Take a look at the texture of the deep pink table – it has beautiful little mosaic tiles. And then take a look at the light above which incorporates different textures and a golden glow. They’ve also mixed up the furniture, there’s a comfy sofa, and then a structured egg-shaped chair, and two timber stools.

The key to pulling off this look is to choose one or two key colours and incorporate them throughout the space. The hero colours are the deep pink and the timber/gold shade.

Balcony
Source: Commune Design

3. Potted flowers

If you’re looking for a simple, no-fuss way to pretty up your balcony, add a pot of flowers. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant or over the top – it just needs to be something that fills your space with a little more joy. Think colourful flowers, simple greens, cactus or succulents, or even herbs.

Balcony with flowers
Source: Fantastic Frank

4. Swing chair

This is a beautiful and fun piece of furniture, that your kids will be sure to love! It’s not only practical, but the brown rope adds a soothing coastal vibe to this clean, all-white space.

Swing chair
Source: Studio Lifestyle

You’ll just want to make sure that your hanging chair is hung correctly, so find a local handyman near you to take care of it for you.

5. Peaceful retreat

Create a calm and relaxing environment with contrasting timber. I love how this home has beautiful shades of brown and creamy timber plus accents of black on the window frames and chairs. Add a throw rug over the arm of a chair to make this space even cosier.

Peaceful retreat
Source: Regan Baker Design

6. A trendy haven

Bring your balcony into the 21st century by using contrasting shapes to make it a contemporary space. I love the curved shape of the outdoor sofa with the round coffee table and single brown square-shaped chair. The flowers and greenery add a warm personal touch.

Trendy haven
Source: Regan Baker Design

7. Decorate with vibrant colours

If you have a dark background like a forest, or even dark timber flooring or furniture, add pops of colour to bring your space to life. You can do this by adding colourful cushions, throw rugs, flowers, and other pieces of decor.

The key to making this work seamlessly together is to choose one base colour and integrate it throughout all of the pieces. You can see that the deep pink/purple tone is in the left cushion, flowers and in the rug.

Vibrant colours
Source: Regan Baker Design

Looking for more ideas on how to tie in your balcony with your surrounding garden? Take a look at these backyard ideas for some more inspiration.

8. Hammock

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your balcony, then make it a calming place with a hammock. This is the perfect spot to kick back, relax and enjoy a good book while taking in the fresh air.

Balcony
Source: In Out Design Blog

9. Outdoor rug

Who says rugs are only for the living room? Bring colour and comfort to your balcony with a Persian or vintage rug. You can find them for great places at places like IKEA, from a discount rug store, or even secondhand on Gumtree or Ebay.

Just make sure you place your gorgeous new rug under covers, so it won’t be affected by bad weather. Or you could even buy an outdoor rug!

Rug on balcony
Source: Fantastic Frank

10. Choose a colour scheme

When creating a cosy space, it’s important to think about a colour scheme. I love how this balcony has kept it simple yet consistent with grey, beige and mauve throughout the pillows, rug, throws and furniture.

Balcony
Source: Fantastic Frank

11. Add festoon lights

Make your outdoor area sparkle with festoon lights. Drape them over your balcony fence, or hang them up above. However you arrange them, you can be sure they’ll look amazing in the evening. This is also the perfect way to dress up your space for a party or simply for having guests over for dinner.

balcony-ideas-festoon-lights
Source: livingaftermidnite

12. Flower boxes

Never underestimate the power of flowers to liven up a space! The prettiest way to incorporate them is to hang them over the side of your railing in little planter boxes. I personally love the look of vines spilling out over the edges of the boxes. Some great options are clematis, jasmine and wisteria.

Flower boxes
Source: Fantastic Frank

13. Pendant light

A bold metallic pendant light is a great way to jazz up your balcony. But remember, this isn’t your living room. So to put it in the right context, incorporate nature-inspired materials with wood ceramics, and anything rattan.

Balcony ideas
Source: Commune Design

14. A little bit of everything

Just because your balcony is outside doesn’t mean you have to go all minimal – in fact, I’d suggest you consider going maximalist. Upholster your cushions in a bright, fun colour and paint your trims in a contrasting tone. And then hang drapes to make this outdoor space feel as put together as your home’s interior.

Patterned balcony
Source: Commune Design

15. Maximise the view

If you have a breathtaking view like this one, then you’re going to want to make the most of it. Sometimes too much furniture or too much colour, in a space like this, can detract from the scenery. So instead of going all out, keep things simple with a white table and chairs and a couple of potted plants.

Balcony with a view
Source: Commune Design

16. Make it an extension of your interior

Stop thinking of your balcony as completely separate to your house. Instead, picture it as an extension of your interior. It’s another living space to enjoy with family and friends. With this in mind, treat your balcony as you would any other living space. Add a table, include your favourite pot of flowers, and add little personal touches that reflect your personality.

small-balcony-ideas
Source: lemonblonde

17. Make a small balcony cosy

Don’t despair if you’ve only got a small balcony to work with. The good news is that you can make it a space you love! Make your little balcony cosy by adding a colourful or patterned rug, a small outdoor sofa or chair, a few pillows, and a simple potted plant. Keep the rug and sofa in the same colour scheme to tie the look together.

Balcony
Source: Fantastic Frank

18. Incorporate multiple areas

You may be surprised to hear that a big balcony can have its fair share of disadvantages. Filling a large space can actually be more tricky than livening up a small one. But – you can do it! The trick is to create different areas. Section of your balcony so there’s somewhere to sit and relax, a place to dine, and a place to entertain. Before you know it, your balcony will be looking alive!

large-balcony-ideas
Source: Style By Emily Henderson

19. Drape curtains

One way to make your balcony chic (and private!) is to add some gorgeous white curtains. I love how these curtains have been hung right at the roof to create a dramatic effect as they flow down to the floor. With these curtains, you have the option of keeping them wide open to enjoy the view or closing them up for extra privacy. And how cute is the little French table and chairs? This would be the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of champagne and a cheese platter with your best friend.

Balcony
Source: Room for Tuesday

20. Add details

When creating a beautiful balcony, we can spend so much time focusing on the furniture that we forget about the details. But it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference! Take this setup, for example. The candle, gold-edged coasters and peonies add a feminine touch to this space. If you want to recreate this look without having to buy fresh flowers every week, you can buy some fake peonies.

Balcony
Source: Alyson Haley

21. Umbrella for shade

If you haven’t got a roof over your balcony, then you should add an umbrella to keep you shaded all year round. This large one is the perfect size for keeping everyone covered. And remember, you’ve always got the option of pulling it down in the evening so you can enjoy the night sky.

Umbrella
Source: Kristeena Michelle

22. Colourful furniture

Skip boring old white and choose multi-coloured pieces instead. I love how this design combines turquoise outdoor furniture with yellow and red details and plenty of colourful flowers.

Colourful furniture
Source: Little House on the Corner

23. Create two sections

With a mid-sized balcony like this one, it can be tempting to place the outdoor table and chairs right in the middle of the space. But this can make it awkward for filling in the edges around it. Instead, create two separate spaces – one for dining and one for sitting back and relaxing. You’ll get way more use out of your balcony.

Balcony
Source: A Purdy Little House

24. BBQ for entertaining

With outdoor living being a huge part our lifestyles a BBQ on hand is a must and you can get quite compact ones these days. So just imagine sitting out on the balcony with a few friends while you cook up a storm with a beer in hand. Sound good? Make it a reality.

Balcony
Source: The DIY Playbook

25. Light and bright

How gorgeous is this space! The white on white style makes this balcony look very light and bright. Adding textural elements through the light and rug makes it feel inviting and homely.

Balcony
Source: Laura May Interiors

Thinking about getting a statement light for your balcony or perhaps another space? Well, you can find someone near you to take care of the light installation that way you’ll get it all hooked up correctly and hung at the right height.

26. Turquoise

If you’ve got a favourite colour, why not go all out with it? Take this turquoise decor as inspiration. Who says you can’t grab turquoise pillows and then paint your chairs and tables turquoise too? It’s your space – decorate it how you want!

Turquoise balcony
Source: House of Turquoise

27. Warm tones

Create a warm and cosy space with colours like burnt orange, brown and yellow. These shades will be sure to bring a touch of autumn to your balcony all year round, but it’s also easy enough to change up if you want to mix up your seasonal approach.

Warm balcony
Source: Paper n Snitch Blog

28. Bar cart

Not only does this bar cart look adorable but it’s also super practical. If you’ve got guests over, you can simply serve them a drink from your comfy spot on the balcony, instead of going inside.

Bar cart
Source: Bria Hammel Interiors

29. Jungle oasis

I don’t know about you, but this space just screams tropical holiday to me. Create your very own jungle oasis using plenty of hanging vines from pots, and by adding in jungle-themed decor and eclectic patterns.

Jungle oasis balcony
Source: ariyonainterior

30. Country style

This balcony feels very modern farmhouse and I particularly love the stone walls – they look lovely with white timber furniture.

Grand balcony
Source: Bria Hammel Interiors

31. Dark and black

Make your balcony moody with dark flooring and black walls. But be sure to lighten it up with a little bit of white in the cushions and colour in the plants – otherwise, it could feel a tad too heavy!

Source: Cashmere and Jeans

32. Modern comfort

If you want to make your balcony cosy while bringing it into the 21st century, take a look at this design for some inspiration. This black seating set screams ‘modern,’ while the purple patterned rug looks very vintage. Together with some purple and grey pillows, this space is contemporary yet comfortable!

Source: Simply J and K

33. Outdoor TV

If you like watching TV inside and spending time in nature, why not combine the two so you can have the best of both worlds? Create a dedicated spot for your TV on the balcony. Add a killer outdoor lounge set, and you’ll be ready for a Friday night watching the football with your mates.

Outdoor tv
Source: Tlc interiors

34. Feature wall

So often we think feature walls are only for the bedroom or indoor living rooms – but wait, you can use them outdoors too! Take a leaf out of this design’s book and use a monochrome design on your balcony. I love how it’s wedged between two timber shelving units for the perfect amount of contrast.

Feature wall balcony
Source: Tlc interiors

35. Bench seat

Bench seats are the coolest pieces of furniture, and I love how this one has been wedged into a hole in the wall. The yellow pillows add a touch of warmth to the cement walls, and the greenery looks very lush hanging in pots from above.

Bench seat
Source: Tlc interiors

36. Quirky side table

You wouldn’t believe it, but this little side table is actually a footstool. And, it was found from a second-hand store! It’s these quirky little touches that make your balcony your own. So why don’t you head to the op shop and find a treasure of your own?

Quirky side table
Source: The Design Wonder Woman

37. Egg chair

How cute is this chair? Egg chairs are all the rage right now, and this one is nothing short of fabulous. I love how the colour has been tastefully chosen to match the black railing. And the brown woven pillow looks so cute.

Egg chair
Source: Alicia Tenise

38. A single tree

If you’re a minimalist at heart, then you’ll love the corner of this balcony. This single tree standing tall in a black woven basket adds elegance to the area. And the greenery adds a touch of colour to the otherwise white and black space.

Source: Room for Tuesday

39. IKEA table set

This simple IKEA set is perfect for a thin balcony. It’s foldable, durable and lovable with its mix of natural acacia hardwood and powder-coated steel. And best of all, it’s the perfect size to place on your balcony or in a cosy corner of your deck.

IKEA table set
Source: IKEA

40. Mix up your seating

Rather than a full set of matching chairs, switch things up and use a teak bench on one side and black chairs on the other sides. The wooden bench will give you more room so you can accommodate more people around the table. Use black lanterns to tie together the black from the chairs, windows and door.

Balcony ideas
Source: Jenna Sue Design

41. Extend the balcony

If you don’t live in an apartment or have a second-floor balcony, you can create one by extending a platform from your house into your backyard. This timber design is a great example of how you can make this work. I love how it’s been paired with timber chairs and earthy tones to make a relaxing, beach-inspired space.

Source: Jess Ann Kirby

42. Create comfy corners

Don’t neglect your corner spaces! These can be the cosiest spots to hang out, read a book, and sip a cup of coffee or tea. Make the most of these little nooks by adding a chair, a throw and pillows for comfort, a small side table to hold your drink, and a touch of decor or plants to spruce it up.

Balcony idea
Source: Gray Malin

43. Use space-saving furniture

You don’t need to have an expansive balcony to put it to good use. Opt for space-saving furniture, like these small black chairs and coffee table. Then make it cozy and inviting with pillows and decor.

Little balcony
Source: Lauren Elyce

44. Go all out with spots

OK, can we take a moment for this setup? This spot design is amazing! I bet this would be hard to find in a shop. But seriously, if you want to have a lot of fun and do something really different, why not incorporate spots into your balcony design? And not just a little – a lot. The more the better, right?

Spots balcony
Source: Sugar and Cloth

45. Gold and silver touches

Can you spot the huge metallic pillows? They are so much fun! Sometimes you just need a little extra something to liven up a space, and these throw pillows do just that. I think they add the perfect touch of sparkle to this balcony and totally transform it from nice to glitz and glam.

Gold and silver balcony
Source: Elle

46. Squeezed for space? Add a hook-on bench

This has got to be one of the most ingenious balcony ideas that I’ve ever seen – a hook-on bench. If you’ve got a tiny balcony and barely any room for a table, why not add on one of these? Hang it over the side of your railing and you’re all set for your morning cuppa!

Hook on bench
Source: My art my home

47. Treat it like a living room

Use a living room design formula on your balcony to ensure it’s a place you’ll actually want to spend time. Include a comfy couch, coffee table, pendant light, and large rug. Oh, and crack out the rosé too, because you’ll be needing it for those warm summer nights that are just around the corner!

Balcony design
Source: Jacquelyn Clark

48. Rectangular planter boxes

Turns out these boxes come in all shapes and sizes. And I kind of like this one! It’s nice to have a planter with straight edges and minimal design. I think it looks beautiful with simple, structured greenery.

Planter box
Source: Paper n Snitch Blog

49. Transform the garage

If you have a spare room or garage that backs on to the rear of your home, then why not gut it and transform it into an extension of your balcony? Take your cue from this design, which incorporates a lounge setting, hanging light, and mirror inside the indoor/outdoor space, and then an extra couch and table setting outside. If you do a lot of entertaining, this is a great option for you – you’ll have room for everyone!

Balcony
Source: Three Birds Renovations

50. Stone paving

Add texture to your balcony by changing up the flooring. I love these stone pavers – they bring a touch of the natural world to your outdoor setting. If you’re going for this more earthy look, then I suggest adding in a pop of colour somewhere, just like blue has been integrated into this design.

Balcony
Source: Three Birds Renovations

Are you ready to take your balcony to the next level?

Whether you have a tiny space, an awkward-shaped space or too much space, I hope you’ll be able to integrate these ideas to create a balcony that you and your family truly love. Now for the important question – which ideas are you going to use? How about hanging up a hammock so you can lie back and relax with a book in hand? Or what about adding festoon lights to give your space some atmosphere in the evening? Would you consider including a BBQ and an outdoor dining set so you can entertain on those warm summer nights? Or maybe you’ll pull a wild card and go for something totally out of the box like spotted furniture? Whatever you choose, I know it will look amazing.

Before you go, I’d love to hear from you. Comment and tell me which style you’re going to try.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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