When you live in a small apartment like me, you adopt any outdoor space as an extension of your home. One of the things that sold us on our current apartment was the cute little Juliet balcony off the living room. After years of living in apartments that had no outdoor living spaces, we jumped at the chance to have a little piece of the outside we could call our own. Even though the space is teeny tiny, we’ve made every square foot functional – creating a seating area for two and planting a vertical garden. Do you have an outdoor space that you want to make the most of? Here are some tips for turning your small space into an outdoor oasis:
One of the best ways to get more plants and furniture in the space is to go vertical by attaching tiered hanging planters to the balcony railing. This will free up deck space to accommodate outdoor furniture. Planters like the ones featured above can be found at your local home improvement store, like Home Depot.
Bring the indoors, outside:
There are so many weather resistant fabrics and furniture options now, there really is no excuse for your balcony, patio or deck to look plain or boring. Your outdoor space should be an extension of your home, so make sure to choose furniture, accessories and a color palette that compliments your indoor decor. The two main pops of color found around our apartment are turquoise and orange (see the home tour here). When I put together a decorating plan for our balcony, I made sure the decorative pillows, area rug, planters and side table featured pops of these two colors. Some of the items I was able purchase (e.g. pillows, area rug), however the side table I had to spray paint turquoise.
Instead of planting flowers on your balcony, choose herbs or vegetable plants. They can be just as beautiful as flowers, however have a built-in bonus your flowers don’t, ripe produce!
Have you decorated your outdoor space this summer?