A balcony is an added luxury that can feel like an extra room in a small apartment or create an indoor-outdoor feel. Whether your balcony is large or small, decorating it with as much care and attention as you would an indoor space can improve your quality of life and make entertaining more fun.
Whether it’s a tiny urban oasis with a bistro table and chairs and a mini herb garden or a minimalist outdoor space with seating for two and a view of the backyard, there is every reason to make your balcony as thoughtful as your interior.
Here are some stylish ideas to inspire you to give your balcony some extra love.
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This long and narrow NYC balcony from New Eco Landscapes is transformed into a sophisticated outdoor living room with a fire pit and plush sofa seating in vibrant shades of blue. Tall planters add areas of privacy while the glass walls provide city views.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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Bring in Boho Style
A slipcovered outdoor sofa and rug, twinkle lights, and a little potted herb garden give this cozy Stockholm apartment balcony from Fantastic Frank a dose of effortless boho chic style that turns it into a second living room when weather permits.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Add a Fire Pit
Heather Hilliard Design added a fire pit to this San Francisco balcony located off of a spacious open plan kitchen and dining room that is framed by a wall of glass doors.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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Round It Out
This rustic half-circle weathered wood and glass balcony from JLF Architects and WRJ Design has simple furniture and mountain views.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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Add an Indoor Outdoor Fireplace
This sleek contemporary balcony from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop has upholstered outdoor seating, concrete-effect tiles, glass walls, and a see-through double fireplace that is shared with the living room on the inside.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Hang an Awning
If you live in a hot climate or your south-facing balcony gets uncomfortably hot in summer, add an awning that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors without getting scorched, like this tropical chic balcony from Dazey Den. Shades of terracotta from the floor tiles to the stucco walls, furniture, and striped awning add warmth that complements the view of palm trees and green vegetation.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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Create an Indoor Outdoor Feel
For urban apartment dwellers lucky enough to have a balcony, an outdoor living room can truly function like an additional room. This contemporary Copenhagen apartment from Fantastic Frank has a neutral palette on the inside that's carried out onto the balcony, erasing the line between indoors and out.Continue to 8 of 23 below.
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Hang Some Chairs
A wrap-around balcony with ocean views and a glass wall that can disappear to create an indoor outdoor feel makes this Manhattan Beach, CA outdoor space from White Sands feel like it's floating. A pair of hanging chairs are the perfect place to take in the panoramic views.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Make a Seating Area
This luxury condo balcony along the riverfront in Minneapolis from Will Brown Interiors was built for entertaining. The spacious balcony is visible from the inside through a wall of glass windows, and it is decorated to look as pulled together as the rest of the space, with comfortable white outdoor furniture, tall potted planters that add greenery and define the space, and an outdoor rug.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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Bring in Parisian Details
Neva Interior Design created a quintessentially Parisian feel on this balcony with an iconic view of the Eiffel Tower thanks to a curvy wrought iron bistro table and chairs, potted topiaries, a wall-mounted fountain, and wrap-around trellises painted in dark green that provide a place for climbing plants that double as privacy screens without compromising light.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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Include an Outdoor Kitchen
The lush living wall behind the outdoor kitchen on this spacious San Francisco balcony from Heather Hilliard Design is visible from the inside, giving the space an enviable indoor outdoor feel.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Add a Privacy Screen
This Swedish balcony from Fantastic Frank has a calming and sophisticated feel with simple white fabric privacy screens to shield the space from nosy neighbors and unwanted views that disappear into the white siding. An outdoor chaise longue, striped rug, and side table in shades of brown add an earthy element, while a potted topiary adds a touch of green with a slightly formal note that makes the outdoor space feel as chic and polished as the inside, a peaceful oasis for resting and recharging.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Make a Tiny Space Feel Grand
This tiny balcony designed by Caitlin Higgins for Emily Henderson Design is visible from the inside and looks like an extension of the interior with a large topiary, a shiny gold bistro table, industrial-style chairs, and a black-and-white striped curtain to offer privacy or control light.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Focus on the View
Interior designer Maite Granda chose simple seating and a sculptural drinks table for this clean lined Florida kitchen balcony that keeps the focus on the waterfront views.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Add Vintage Seating
On this little balcony designed by Caitlin Higgins for Emily Henderson Design, a vintage rattan seat adds retro flair bolstered by striped black-and-white curtains, a palm print throw pillow, and a sculptural side table big enough for a journal and a plant.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Keep It Understated
Interior designer Maite Granda used woven upholstered furnishings and a pale palette on the balcony just off the living room of this Florida highrise that maintains flow between indoors and out and keeps the focus on the wide open views.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Add a Bistro Table and Chairs
Adding a tiny bistro table and chairs to this sliver of a balcony designed by Jess Bunge for Emily Henderson Design gives it an outdoor cafe feel.Continue to 18 of 23 below.
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This chic little balcony from Fantastic Frank is the perfect spot for morning coffee, afternoon tea, or a nightcap with your favorite person. Warm Edison bulb string lighting blends into the wrought iron railing, and seating for two is accessorized with throw pillows and a cozy sheepskin so it can be enjoyed even when the temperatures fall.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Create a Reading Corner
This sleek glass-walled balcony from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop includes a cozy reading corner with comfy upholstered seating accessorized with a blanket and throw pillow.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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Add a Green Screen
This Barcelona balcony from Fantastic Frank is lined with tall plants in matching decorative terracotta pots that create a semi-transparent green screen from the neighbors and street below. A wooden roof cover provides shade and protection from the elements, while modern furniture and gray tiling add a minimalist feel.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Keep It Simple
This Florida balcony from interior designer Maite Granda is located just off the primary bedroom, turning it into a luxury suite for morning coffee or decompressing at the end of a long day.Continue to 22 of 23 below.
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Make It Cozy
John McClain Design squeezed two cozy seating areas onto this duplex loft balcony that are outfitted with stylish furniture, a fire pit, and seating built for entertaining.Continue to 23 of 23 below.
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This chic and understated Stockholm balcony from Fantastic Frank has a table and chairs with simple clean lines that blend in with the wrought iron railing and neutral palette of the outdoor space with its view of neighboring buildings.