A Guide to Decorating Your Balcony, According to an Interior Designer

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Since we are all spending ample time in our homes, even during the summer, outdoor time is crucial for mental health and well-being. If you are lucky enough to have outdoor space, no matter how small {think fire escape stairs}, now is the time to add some life to your balcony. Of course, many of us might be novices at balcony decorating, so designing a unique space might be a bit of a challenge. Thanks to Chelsea from Rose + Co. interiors, that challenge is about to be doable. The ultimate goal, according to Chelsea, is that you want your space to feel inviting, layered, and well put-together. Here are some easy tips to make that happen: 

Add Curtains

Curtains {yes, they even come in outdoor fabric} are a great way to add privacy and a level of coziness. “Grab a tension rod and an airy curtain,” Chelsea says, “and I can guarantee it will feel like an instant vacation! Plus it’s helpful in camouflaging a less than ideal view.”

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Hang Up Hanging Lanterns

hanging lanterns balcony decor

An easy way to add a flattering glow to your outdoor space is with hanging lanterns filled with candles. Chelsea recommends stringing wire from wall to wall and hanging a large lantern in the middle so it grounds the space, or place the wire at several different heights for a creative feature. “Add some battery-powered candles and you can glow all night!” A good example can be found here.

Use Rugs

An outdoor rug really helps to define a space and make it feel finished. There are so many great options for outdoor rugs, and they come in a variety of price points and patterns, so you’re bound to find one that fits your taste. “It is also a great way to turn a floor you don’t love, into an eye-catching element,” she explains. Chelsea suggests checking out all styles from Annie Selke, which are made out of recycled water bottles and are tough enough to withstand the elements.

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Hang Wall Art

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If you have some wall space in your outdoor living area, Chelsea suggests putting up wall art, just like you would in any other room of  your house. “My personal favorite is [to use] woven baskets because they are waterproof, inexpensive, and [add] a great pop of color. You can mix and match different sizes to create a gallery wall installation,” Chelsea says. She suggests picking up some that already come in a set to make it easy, like this one from World Market

Make Use of Outdoor Fabric

Outdoor fabric is a must when choosing furniture. It’s durable enough to stay outside year-long, yet makes your pieces feel substantial and comfortable so you can sit out there all day while you work from home. “They’ve come such a long way with outdoor fabric, making it very chic,” Chelsea explains. “Don’t shy away from using white either — it brightens up your space and you can bleach out any of the red wine stains you’re bound to get on it once we’re allowed to be drinking in large groups again!” Chelsea recommends using this CB2 example for some inspo.

Use Multi-Purpose Furniture

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Since our city-dwelling outdoor spaces tend to be small, Chelsea loves furniture that does double duty. “When  you have less square footage, instead of cramming everything into one space, get some pieces that have more than one job,” she explains.

“Use an ottoman that can be stacked two or three high for an organic cocktail table or place it on the floor for extra seating. Or, use a beautiful hammered copper fire pit that transforms into a coffee table once you put a tray on top!” Chelsea suggests using one like this banana fiber ottoman from Ikea.

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Chelsea is the mastermind behind Rose + Co. Interiors, an east coast-based interior design firm.