Balcony Design Ideas That’ll Make You Want to Sit Outside Forever

Article by Hadley Mendelsohn for House Beautiful

The weather is finally warming up, which means you want to spend more time outside. And if you want to do it in style, you’re in the right place , because we’ve rounded up dozens of balcony decorating ideas. Not to be dramatic or anything, but these chic outdoor spaces are more romantic than the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. So to set a scene of Shakespearean proportions—except a little more modern and a lot less tragic—get inspired by these ideas and tips. Now we just need to find a Romeo…

 

Slide 2 of 26: Swing benches aren't just for porches, you know. If your balcony has an overhang, secure a swing so you can relax and look at the view from a greater height. Just add some throw pillows for comfort.

Slide 3 of 26: If your balcony is big enough, turn it into an outdoor dining room. Here, instead of a sitting area, there's a casual dining nook for alfresco meals. Looking out at the sea ahead and draped in a canopy of tropical plants, this balcony features minimal decor, allowing us to focus on the natural environment.

©Thomas Loof

Slide 5 of 26: Opt for ottomans instead of a coffee table so it can double as a foot rest, as Anna Spiro Design did here. This way, you'll be able to lounge and get comfortable or use it as a coffee table by adding a serving tray.

©Anna Spiro Design

Slide 9 of 26: Use a living room design formula on your balcony to ensure it's a place you'll actually want to spend time. Translation: two arm chairs, a comfy couch, coffee table, pendant light, and area rug. Since it's an outdoor area, weathered pieces and flea market finds will fit right in.

©Lauren Stephanie Wells

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