How to Decorate an Apartment Balcony

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Apartment dwellers have only a small portion of outdoor space that belongs solely to them. This area is usually a small concrete patio that has a fence surrounding its edges, known as an apartment balcony. Usually, the balcony is completely covered and mostly protected from the elements. While it is a small space, the balcony provides an exciting decorating opportunity, combining design ideas from both the indoors and outdoors. Decorating the balcony allows apartment residents to fully enjoy their outdoor space.

  • String some lights. Use lights on metal railings to add a festive flair to the balcony. Single or multi-colored lights create a party or holiday atmosphere. Icicle lights hanging from a top rail or ceiling also work well for winter holidays.

  • Grow a vegetable garden. A balcony is hardly enough room to grow a full garden, but there are plenty of patio plants that do fantastic on an apartment balcony. Many fruits and vegetables come in dwarf or patio sized variations. Lemons, figs, tomatoes and peppers all have patio versions for apartment dwellers.

  • Use some plants. Seasonal flowers, whether perennial or annual, are great for apartment balconies. Buy flowers at a local nursery, making sure to take into account the amount of direct sunlight the balcony gets. For a neat effect, use ivy plants, or any other type of trailing or climbing vine. These plants climb around anything they touch, creating a nature haven. Decorative plant stands matching the other decorations on the patio add a beautiful touch to plants on the balcony, and pull the décor together for a finished look.

  • Try furniture. Have a few seats available on the patio so that there's somewhere to sit and enjoy the outdoors. Go with patio furniture that tolerates weather elements, since rain may blow in occasionally. Pieces that clean easily are another good choice, since dirt and debris may also blow in during a storm. Furniture treatments that are beneficial include water resistance, mold prevention and extra durability.

  • Incorporate extras. If entertainment occurs regularly, consider putting an easy-to-empty ashtray outside on the balcony for smokers. A stable trash can ensures that trash won't litter the balcony. Pick a trash can that's heavy, so that it won't get blown away.

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