Now that the temperature is rising and the sun is staying out longer, it’s finally time to make the most of your balcony. For years, an outdoor space was a nice perk but not exactly a necessity. But after spending an unprecedented time inside, a private dose of Mother Nature is the gift that keeps on giving. After all, barbecues and socially distant hangouts won’t be going out of style anytime soon.
That said, whether you have recently moved somewhere with outdoor access or are feeling some serious design fatigue, you might be looking to spruce up your nature-filled nook. To help, we’ve pored through the archives for the best balcony ideas. From eye-catching outdoor furniture to clever layouts, one thing’s for sure: These design strategies will bring some sunshine to your space.
GO AU NATURAL
Turn your balcony into an extension of the beautiful nature around you with outdoor furniture swathed in earthy tones. In this Manhattan penthouse, designers Christine and John Gachot evoked the great outdoors with custom chairs, a Blu Dot table, and a Charlotte Perriand stool from Cassina.
STICK WITH A SERENE COLOR SCHEME
MAIN COURSE MARVEL
THE TREE TREATMENT
EMBRACE THE VIEW
Looking for a quick and easy way to refresh your balcony? Rework the layout to have your furniture facing Mother Nature herself. (Yes, even if your view isn’t as iconic as the Colosseum.) Architect duo Alvisi Kirimoto filled this wanderlust-inducing space with a Victoria Episcopo cocktail table and chairs by Maarten Baas.
DOUBLE DOWN ON YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Working with a bite-size balcony? Keep your furniture to a minimum. The Beit Trad guesthouse in Lebanon features a simple chair and small table from Artisans du Liban et d’Orient.
FILL IT WITH FOLIAGE
GO FOR THE BOLD
A few strategic pops of color can transform a sterile balcony into the coolest part of the house. Let this Johannesburg-based space show you how it’s done.
STYLE A SHOWER
To give your balcony a fresh, practical twist, take a cue from Chiqui de Echavarría’s Colombian home and add a shower. Here, the Moroccan sconce is offset by hardware handmade by Casa Chiqui.
FANCIFY YOUR FLOORS
BEAUTIFY WITH A BISTRO SET
What better way to start a day than enjoying some java on your secluded balcony? For a decorating idea that bridges the gap between form and function, add a bistro set as Studio Peregalli did here.
MIMIC YOUR RAILS
From ELLE Decor