As we continue to spend more time entertaining outdoors, our patios and balconies have become an extension of our home, offering an additional area to host guests or unwind after a busy day. Additionally, with so many of us working from home, private outdoor space has become an extension of our office, which may mean opting for tables and temporary walls that block the glare of the sun on laptops. Whether you have a sprawling patio or a smaller terrace, these decorating ideas will help elevate your outdoor space and make it an area you won’t want to leave this summer.
If you are renting, be sure to check with your landlord or property manager before beginning the decorating process to ensure you’re abiding by your building’s guidelines.
Incorporate a Privacy Wall
Having neighbors is one of the best parts of living in an apartment building, but sometimes we want privacy when enjoying outdoor space. If your terrace or patio connects to your neighbors’ outdoor space, consider lining the perimeter with bamboo shoots or an adjustable privacy wall. Not only can a privacy wall be opened or closed (depending on how social you’re feeling!), but it can also help block the sun if you’re trying to work or read outside.
Create a Vertical Garden
Even small outdoor space can provide ample room to grow vegetables or herbs. If you’re working with a smaller space, check out this wooden and metal planter or this mint-colored trough planter — all of which offer room for a small garden without taking up too much space. If you prefer to stack your garden and want to make it vertical, consider these cedar planters or this acacia wood planter rack that can attach to the wall (just be sure to check with your landlord or property manager before installing it!). Other options, if you don’t have a lot of space, include tiered plant stands.
Get an Egg Chair
Egg chairs are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Not only are they stylish and comfortable, but they also don’t take up as much space as an outdoor couch while still providing the same amount of comfort. The downside is that they are a bit more costly, ranging from $300 to $700+. If you’re looking to splurge a little, some of our favorites under $500 include this wicker chair and this swivel wicker chair.
Weave in Solar & Battery-Operated Lighting
If your building allows it, outdoor lighting adds a great ambiance to your space. If your balcony is connected to your living room or bedroom, outdoor lighting can also be turned on when you’re inside to add additional light and coziness to your home. Some great outdoor string light options include these waterproof globe patio string lights. If your building doesn’t allow string lights, consider these stylish rattan lanterns or these solar metal lanterns. Other options include these garden solar lights or these battery operated outdoor hanging lights.
Invest in Pillow Covers
Outdoor pillows can be expensive, but pillow covers are more affordable. Pillow covers make your outdoor space more versatile and can be swapped out for different styles and colors as the seasons change. Some great spring and summer pillow cover options include these waterproof farmhouse covers and these oatmeal-colored covers, which are great for fall. Don’t forget to pair these covers with weatherproof outdoor pillow inserts.
Go for Boho
Your outdoor space can be an extension of your home’s interior, or it can be entirely different. If you have always wanted to experiment with bohemian design but don’t want to make the commitment inside your home, your outdoor space could be a great place to start. Try to weave in brightly colored ceramic pots in contrasting colors such as these and add wall art, floor cushions, throw pillows, and textured rugs. Some bohemian designs include this Ikat area rug, this sunny outdoor floor cushion, or this colorful hammock. If you have a few different bohemian rugs that you can’t choose between, layer them over one another to give the space even more texture and variety.
Use Floor Pillows in Place of Furniture
If you’re just renting for a year or two, investing in outdoor furniture may not be the most cost-effective option. Rather than investing in pricey outdoor couches and chairs, incorporate some cozy outdoor floor cushions that do double duty as chairs. We love these straw ottomans, this gray and gold cushion, and this cozy bean bag lounger.
Opt for Collapsible Furniture
If you’re working with a limited area, try to opt for collapsible furniture when possible to help free up some space. Options that can be tucked away include this collapsible chaise lounge, this bistro table, and this foldable wooden chair.
Go Minimalistic (and Save Some Money)
Designing your outdoor space doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Sometimes minimalism is key, and this simple table and chair set will help keep your space simple yet functional. Add some throw pillows, a plant or two, and an outdoor rug and you’re good to go. If there’s some wiggle room in your budget, incorporate outdoor lighting as well.
Be Bold and Bright
Experimenting with bright colors is far less risky when decorating outdoors. Why not go all out with the color scheme? Colors that appear overstated indoors can be great for outdoors. Try opting for bold colors that pop such as bright yellow, cherry red, zesty orange, or lime green.
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