6 Ideas to Add Big Style to a Small Balcony

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A new season is here and that means it’s time to take the indoors outdoors That’s why today I’m sharing 6 ideas to add big style to a small balcony.

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This post is sponsored by TIKI Brand.

Balcony Styling Ideas:

Even though I would love to have a large outdoor space/deck, I’ve had a lot of fun decorating my apartment balcony this past year.

It’s kind of funny because if you look up from the street, my balcony stands out from the others in my building. I’m happy to say that it looks special and welcoming even from below.

In preparing for the new season, I’ve teamed up with my friends at TIKI Brand to add life and ambiance to my little outdoor space. This might come as a surprise because when you think of TIKI Brand you probably think of the tall torches you stick in your yard. However, they offer so much more than that.

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Ideas for decorating an apartment balcony. #outdoor #apartment #balcony #decor

I’m a big fan of their table torches (which you’ll see in this post). With their flickering flame, they bring a welcoming ambiance to any location, even my balcony. You can check out all of their products here.

So what can you do to add big style to a small balcony? Let me walk you through my six simple steps!

Add Big Style to a Small Balcony

1. Keep it Cozy
The nice thing about a small space is that it’s easy to make it feel cozy. Instead of having to fill a big area, you only need a few simple accessories to create an intimate feeling.

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On my balcony chairs, I placed an outdoor throw and outdoor pillows. I got style and comfort in one simple step.

2. Plant Something
Bringing in a few flowers or plants is a must for me. Because this space is tiny, I chose smaller planters in varying heights to spread a little bit of nature around the entire space.

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Container Garden for Small Apartment Patio #flowers #container #garden

If you are on a balcony or deck and have neighbors below, be sure to add liners to all of your pots to prevent any dirt or water dripping on their space. (I learned this the hard way.)

More Balcony Styling Ideas:

3. Create a Glow
Whether indoors or out, lighting can complete a space and set a mood. For outdoor spaces, I love using a natural flame whenever possible. Since I can’t set up a fire pit on my balcony, these TIKI Brand Table Torches are the perfect option for me.

Apartment Patio Decorating Ideas with TIKI Brand Table Torches

Apartment Patio Decorating Ideas with TIKI Brand Table Torches

They are also available in a variety of styles so you’re certain to find something to fit your space. This post features a Geo Globe Table Torch, Painted Glass Table Torch, and Mixed Material Votive Table Torch.

4. Make it Functional
At the end of the day, your outdoor space must work for you. Think about how you’ll be using it. In the morning, I drink my coffee and flip through a magazine on my balcony. In the afternoon, I work on my laptop. When evening rolls around, I enjoy sitting out there, chatting with a friend.

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To serve all of those purposes, I only needed two chairs and a couple of well-placed side tables. This gives me a spot to set my coffee or my laptop. I also selected chairs that would be comfortable for an extended time.

5. Include a Pop of Color
You know me – I need a pop of color. I tried to be smart about where I added color in this small space. I opted to keep the larger, permanent things neutral: black and white pots, black table, black and natural chairs. That way, I can easily change the rest with the seasons.

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6 Ideas to Add Big Style to a Small Balcony #outdoor #decorating #patio #flowers

When fall arrives, I can quickly add mums to my pots and a cozier throw to my chairs. This past winter, I pulled out all of my plants and filled the pots with fresh greens and lights. It was perfect for the holidays.

6. Add a Touch of Quirkiness
I always like to bring something into my designs that will make people smile. For my balcony, I thought this hat that reads “Do Not Disturb” was perfect. It fits into my decor so well, and I’m betting people will have fun trying it on and snapping a selfie.

Create Unique Style and Decor for Apartment Balcony

Create Unique Style and Decor for Apartment Balcony

The design of the TIKI Brand Table Torches adds a touch of fun as well! How unique is a pineapple that becomes a torch?

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With those six quick tips, you can create big style in any small space. What do you think?

Now, get out there and start decorating! I’m going back to my coffee and magazines, so please “Do Not Disturb.”

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  1. What inspiration! We are in the middle of adding on a sunroom and I have neglected buying flowers/pots. Yours are so pretty and cheerful. I will def be getting them this week pronto lol. Thanks for the nudge. Balcony looks great. That hat hey… I’m relatively new to IBC and have really enjoyed your posts. You keep it real and attainable. Oh, love the drink recipes by the way. Love to mix up a batch of sangria on the weekends. Makes life much more pleasant lol. Have a great week and good luck with everything!

  2. I always enjoy reading your posts! You gave very interesting advices. The balcony is a very underrated place in the apartment. They only need to give him a little attention to make great look. The fantastic simplicity makes it a great space! I love the inspirations behind the decorating you share! They give me brainwave haha 😀

  3. I like the subtle drama (is that an oxymoron?) of the tall planter with the variegated pink flowers in the corner. I suspect that since you know a lot about design, these kinds of decisions come naturally to you. Thanks for sharing your gifts.

  4. I made the strawberry concoction from last weeks post. So delish. Won’t be the last time.
    I spied on your patio a Pilea. How are you getting along with it. I love that plant , so pricey right now. Not readily available in the U.S. Where did you pick it up?

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! My Pilea is great! I just picked it up from a local shop here in Pittsburgh. (PGH Farm & Forest) I just did a little instagram story about it, so you can grab some more information there if you’d like. I’m also hoping to put together a post about them too!

      xo Michael

  5. Super cute patio inspiration… It looks like you don’t have a cover on your patio? Is all your blanket and pillows all outdoor fabrics??? I think keeping your patio clean and fresh looking is a regular maintenance kind of thing… But I love the table tiki torches and your patio chairs – where did you get them??? Will you transition any of those pieces to your new house??? Have a great week!

    1. There’s another balcony above me, but things still get wet. Both the pillows and throw are designed for outdoor. They both tend to dry pretty quickly. However, if I’m home and I see it’s pouring, I’ll pull them inside. The TIKI Brand torches are definitely available at Target (I’ve seen them), but you can check their website (linked above) for more locations. The patio chairs are from HomeGoods. I don’t have a solid decor plan for my new home, but I will be taking most of my things with me to use while I transition and figure out what I want.

      xo Michael