Apartment Balcony Decorating Ideas

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Do you have a big balcony, but lack a plan for how to fill it? Or maybe your balcony is tiny, but you’d like to decorate it stylishly anyway. Read on for some top tips on filling up your balcony with tasteful accoutrements so you can fully enjoy your outdoor space.

Sit for a spell

A crucial component of balcony décor is the seating. It’s hard to hang out on your balcony for long periods of time if you’re always standing. To encourage use of your balcony, provide seating. If you only have a small space to work with, consider multipurpose seating like a storage bench (with matching planters) that can store your extra items and provide a great place to relax as well. If you don’t need the storage space, a cute bistro set offers both seating opportunities and a place to put things—you might even find yourself having breakfast outside on the patio for the first time ever.

Plant it up

Balcony gardening is always popular among apartment dwellers. Whether you’re into large or small containers, trellises, or window boxes, patio or balcony gardening is a great way to lend color and excitement to your outdoor space. It’s also a good way to get yourself outside. If you don’t find yourself using your balcony much, add a few plants and some seating and see if you start spending more time outside. The more you like your balcony surroundings, the harder you’ll work to keep improving them. Make your own unique containers for gardening, and work on using a variety of colors in your planting. Whether you like richly colored trees, bright little marigolds, or hardy hostas, a little planting will go a long way toward making your balcony a more attractive and appealing place to be.

Fence it in

Fencing is usually thought of as something that contains or separates, but you can add it to your balcony simply for decoration as well. Your balcony, especially if you’re not on the first floor, probably already features a barrier of some type for safety reasons. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t add more attractive or taller fencing to increase the style and privacy of your balcony. Since balconies are small, you might be able to get a good deal on scrap fencing. Check your local craigslist for postings advertising leftover fencing parts, or ask local garden stores. You can easily make your own fence if you’re ambitious, or repaint readymade fences to make them your own. Look into bamboo fencing for something really different, or go with a traditional picket fencing look.

Keep in mind that fencing doesn’t just have to divide the balcony from the rest of the world—you can put it against the wall for decoration or as a place to grow vines, or use it to divide two halves of the balcony from each other—the grilling side from the gardening side, for example, Get creative and have fun with your fencing!

Great seating, pretty plants in cute containers, and fun fencing are just the starting points for a beautiful balcony. Once you have these fundamentals in place, add accessories like cute outdoor sculptures, birdhouses, outdoor lighting, or even specially designed, weather-resistant outdoor artprints. There are many ways to make your outdoor space fun and enjoyable, so don’t wait another day before decorating your balcony!

32 Responses to “Apartment Balcony Decorating Ideas”

  1. January 07, 2007 at 8:09 pm, Guest said:

    I bought a 7foot black steel trellis from Home Depot and secured it with black zip ties to my 2nd floor balcony railing. I hang potted plants from it in the warm weather and in the winter I use it to hang suet as well as apples and oranges for the squirells and birds (woodpeckers, chickadees, juncos etc) in my area. I also put a bird bath out on the balcony that the birds and squirrels just love. I’ve also hung bird feeders that attract the most lovely finches all Summer. I spray painted cobalt blue 2 white resin planters and fill them with mixed flowers. The trellis and planters provide privacy from my other neighbors as well as looking beautiful.


  2. January 14, 2007 at 12:08 pm, Guest said:

    I have just moved into an efficency with a huge balcony almost the size of the room itself. I have had to pressure clean it for it was in horrible condition. I recently have sett up octagonal bricks to one side to create an area to place various plants. In addition i have placed two fountain bases to place flowers and a garden gnome and a garden deer…anymore ideas would be appreciated…


  3. March 17, 2007 at 12:05 am, Guest said:

    I live in a hi-rise and hung a chair hammock from my balcony ceiling giving me a relaxing retreat and great view of the city in the Summer. It’s very comfortable and even large enough to stretch out in. I got a handyman with a hammer drill to insert an eye hook into the ceiling. It is supposed to hold several hundred pounds (it’s held someone weighing around 250lbs.) I added a clasp hook to the hammock hook so that I could easily take it down in bad weather. When I want a change I also lay out grass like floor tiles that click together like a puzzle and either pretend I have a golf course, or set up a folding table and folding chairs I have tucked away on the balcony for a meal outdoors.


  4. March 17, 2007 at 4:28 pm, Guest said:

    Your balcony sounds lovely but my first thought was that you want to be careful that everything is securely anchored so that it doesn’t fall onto someone. Be careful…and enjoy!


  5. March 25, 2007 at 8:52 am, Guest said:

    a garden deer…that’s awsome. i’d go for a balcony mole next for some additional style points. good luck with your project!


  6. March 26, 2007 at 8:11 pm, Guest said:

    My balcony is huge. I just bought a bistro set from home depot and some big floor plant pots for , ahh i don’t know, I’ll find something to put in it. The one thing is that I don’t get much sun so the plants I choose will have to need minimal sunlight. I need something to put on the ugly cement floor. Any ideas?? Cheap ideas! Thanks Oh yeah, are we aloud to drill hole from the inside out. I have no lighting(except lanterns) outside. Thanks again, Chris


  7. May 21, 2007 at 2:53 pm, Guest said:

    for lighting why not use solar lights and put them in the plant pots?


  8. May 30, 2007 at 9:03 am, Guest said:

    I Have a really small balcony thank is separated from my living room only by a glass door and windows.. so i ahve opted for Outdoor Fairy lights like those used on christmas trees to give an ambient feel to it ..


  9. July 12, 2007 at 2:36 pm, Guest said:

    Great ideas!

    I love the idea of putting up a fence on my balcony, especially because I am on the ground floor which faces a busy street, so passers by are constantly peering into my apartment. Unfortunately, my complex will not allow me to put up a fence. In fact, they asked me to take down everything that can be seen over the wall, including plants. I am currently searching for ideas to make my space more private without getting in more trouble with management! 🙂 But otherwise, I think these ideas are brilliant!


  10. October 06, 2007 at 9:58 pm, Guest said:

    I found these tips helpful:

    Have a glass door leading into the balcony. If possible, you could consider having two glass doors, in the center of the wall, leading out. This gives an illusion of space, without you having to actually enclose the balcony. Enclosing small balconies do make sense, but often new constructions don’t allow you to enclose balconies or make any changes that affect the fa硤e of the construction. Also, having a small balcony can be very pleasant, if you make the most of it.

    Now that you have a glass door that lets you look out into the balcony at all times, it’s time to decorate the balcony itself.

    Do you have a good view from the balcony? If you do, don’t do anything that will obstruct the view, since having a nice view is a rarity in large cities. If you don’t have much of a view, for example if your balcony overlooks the backside of your neighbour’s house, try this. Hang plants over the entire length of the balcony, from the parapet above, in little round pots, equidistant from each other. Hanging plants will still lend the illusion of space, while somewhat concealing the bad view. If the view is truly terrible, if you overlook a garbage dump or a car garage for example, do all you can to completely conceal the view with the help of taller plants.
    Nothing looks as striking as a shining brass sculpture amidst green plants. If you’ve decided to fill up your balcony with plants to conceal the bad view, place a slightly large brass statue between the plants. If you have glass doors leading to the balcony, let the statue face indoors. On the other hand, if you have a good view, consider placing a few plants in one corner of the balcony, and place a smaller brass statue amidst the plants.

    One or two well-placed lamps or lanterns are really all that is needed to give your balcony a designer touch. Hang a large paper lantern from the parapit, or place a tall lamp on the floor. You could also consider nailing two coloured lanterns to the walls in your balcony. Mood lighting is essential, and is far preferable to functional lighting in a small balcony.

    If you would like to spend time seated in your tiny rectangular balcony, here’s what you can do. Consider opting for a few hanging plants, and divan-type seating, using the three corners of the balcony as backrest. Simply take an old trunk, cover it with bright phulkari embroidered cloth, throw on a couple of matching cushions, and you have a perfect seating arrangement. Hang a lamp just above the seat, so you can turn it on when you sit out in the evenings and read.


  11. October 14, 2007 at 1:14 pm, Guest said:

    where did u find the grass-like floor tiles for your balcony?


  12. October 17, 2007 at 10:50 pm, Guest said:

    is there a way to grow grass on a balcony?


  13. October 31, 2007 at 4:16 am, Guest said:

    nice matting? jute, rattan, rushes, that kind of thing? i don’t know what it’s like where you live, but matting is pretty cheap here. something that you can remove once in a while and shake out.. you could little accent rugs on the matting if you like.. also what you chose depends on the style of the rest of your home i guess.. astro turf? paint the floor! (red-oxide red maybe?) You could get nice huge leaved forest floor plants specially if you have warm weather, some nice rainforest types.


  14. March 14, 2008 at 11:39 am, Guest said:

    Read your lease before you spend the money! My subdivision does not allow fencing or anything to be hung up.


  15. March 19, 2008 at 11:26 am, Guest said:

    We have a small balcony and then a big patio – I’m looking for ideas for both. I think the small balcony we’re going to put up bamboo fencing so our kitties can go outside and not jump on the edge. The big patio is kind of ugly, but the view is awesome. I just purchased a tiki bar from Walmart (it was only $300 but included an umbrella, two chairs and a bar)… do you think we should put down tile or grass? Any thoughts? Everything is cement.


  16. April 02, 2008 at 1:06 pm, Guest said:



  17. June 12, 2008 at 3:57 am, Guest said:

    what are some plants that love shade on a aprt balcony?


  18. June 27, 2008 at 6:33 pm, Guest said:

    Does anyone know what is good material for balcony flooring? Its concrete and it would be nice to walk out with my bare feet sometimes.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions, I have smallish-like balcony and want to sit down, have a great view of my downtown city.


  19. June 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm, Guest said:

    What about some of those great indoor/outdoor rugs? Check out JC Penney for really affordable outdoor rugs. They bring color and softness to the balcony!


  20. July 11, 2008 at 10:09 am, Guest said:



  21. July 13, 2008 at 1:54 am, Guest said:

    Ouch, I hope it’s not nubby concrete that skins your knees 🙁 – a solution I’m using now is a remnant of vinyl-linoleum flooring cut to size used as a floor covering – easily removable, thrifty, foot friendly, very easy to clean, and can be suited to any decor. It stands up to washing off all the grime from my highway-city location and has weathered very well. And it saved my knees 🙂



  22. July 27, 2008 at 5:07 pm, Guest said:

    I have found nice indoor/outdoor carpets and building supply stores, and I have also used bamboo mats. Good Luck.


  23. August 11, 2008 at 7:39 am, Guest said:

    I live in a high rise apartment building and am considering putting in a commercial type, garage overhead door (with transparent panels) with an automatic garage door opener.
    It will come down and abut to the balcony railing (the balcony ends are closed in and the railing solid). It must be fully operational to meet the fire code standards. As the climate here is very cold, it will enable me to use the balcony almost year round. Have you heard of anyone trying this?


  24. September 04, 2008 at 8:01 pm, Guest said:

    I used indoor outdoor carpet from home depot i bought a razor and cut it out to the dimentions.. it cost me under 30 dollars and i chose the pattern and color and it can be vacuumed:+)mabye replace it after the winter if its shabby ~Mrs Falzo


  25. October 09, 2008 at 12:47 pm, Guest said:

    Try astroturf! You would have something soft on your feet and the look of the outdoors! Or the bamboo mats that are sold in the summer! Or the cushy rubbery matting that is used to line your shelves, available at Wal Mart!


  26. March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm, Beth Martin said:

    Hey everyone,

    I need help! I just moved into an apartment building that has an L shaped patio. Which provides in some difficulty for seating arrangements, but that isn’t my biggest problem. Before moving into the apartment I didn’t really pay that much attention to the patio. However, now that I have lived here a few weeks I have come to realize that everytime it rains, water poors down onto my patio from the apartment above. Apparently, they aren’t covered. Any ideas on how to create a ‘waterproof’ ceiling for my patio? It somewhat defeats the purpose of having a nice patio if it is constantly ruined by water!



  27. March 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm, Rhiannon said:

    For flooring, I found these great wooden tiles from Ikea last summer. They are about 1′ X 1′ and when put together, form an elevated flooring network. They look like decking and cover my awful concrete patio floor brilliantly. I looked for years for these things. Check Ikea in the spring before summer to get them.

    They were kind of pricey, but not bad if you have expendable income and a smaller patio, like mine. They were 6.99 per tile if I remember. They are awesome and I have never regretted it. They give a warm feel and keep my feet from touching the cold concrete. They are also elevated, as I mentioned, so water goes through them to drain out, and they don’t stay wet. Gotta love Ikea.


  28. May 16, 2009 at 4:12 am, Misty said:

    Anyone have an idea for how to get water to a patio that has no water source? If I put a lot of plants (herbs) out, I hate lugging the gallons and gallons of water from my kitchen sink out to the patio every day during the summer. Anyone tried any kind of gravity fed small water ‘tank’ with success? If so …. how ?????


  29. May 22, 2009 at 1:13 am, Priti said:

    I have a small balcony outside my bedroom, which is my garden and stress buster. Two things kill my joy…

    1. I cant use it in the evenings becos of the mosquitos. Any ideas how to mosquito proof it. I have hanging plants on the outer edge. If I put mosquito mesh on frames, wont it restrict the breeze and the light?

    2. Come rains, it gets so dirty with mud splattered all over from the pots. Any ideas to counter that?


  30. May 28, 2009 at 6:55 pm, Lana said:

    I’ve covered the ugly floor of our balcony with wooden tiles from Ikea- they drain really well and make it very pretty and gives it a bit more of a clean feel. We got a bristro set and a high and low floor planter, which gives us a nice coverage of foliage. Our building has natural gas hookups on the balconies so we have a small grill, which is awesome. I also put a water-proof storage bin that has a bench-like seat in the lid and we store our winter clothes out there in the summer (in waterproof vaccumm sealed bags) and in the winter we put our bistro set and the wood tiles in there, along with our shorts and stuff in those previously mentioned bags. Nothing’s gotten wet yet and it keeps us from feeling cluttered!


  31. June 04, 2009 at 10:34 pm, Kim said:

    I covered my exposed balcony with 4 foot white vinyl which is on top of the ledge. What a differnce. I just love it. Now for some morning glory’s, a great wicker chair and a good book!


  32. June 04, 2009 at 10:35 pm, Kim said:

    Oh yes, it was white vinyl lattice…pretty and fresh.


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