If your apartment has a small balcony, you may be feeling uninspired by the space and may not know what to do with it. In fact, small balconies are a great way to work on your space-conscious design skills and they can be decorated to serve a number of functions for a small home. Here are 8 ways to totally transform and design your small apartment balcony:

Stamped Concrete Floors

stamped concreteA great way to decorate a small balcony without spending a lot of money is to stamp your concrete floors. Stamped concrete floors can be made to look like other flooring materials like wood or stone, but can also be stamped in a pattern or specific design.
For a small area, it’s a great way of designing without overwhelming the space.

Bring in a Small Table Set

small table setTake advantage of your access to the outdoors in an apartment by buying a small table set for your balcony. Just this simple move can transform your balcony into a multi-functional space.

Have breakfast in the morning sun or entertain guests with drinks in your newly decorated space.

Go Green

green house balconyAnother popular use for small balconies is to transform them into mini-greenhouses. Not only will it look absolutely beautiful and set you apart from your neighbors, but gardening is a scientifically-proven way of relaxing and lowering stress.

Choose flowering plants like marigolds and begonias for color or make it a herb garden by planting herbs like basil and thyme for all your cooking.

Add Color With an Outdoor Rug

colorful outdoor rugIf you’re concerned about the lack of color in your balcony, buy a rug specifically made for the outdoors that has a colorful pattern. Even if you keep the rest of the balcony plain of color, the rug can be a focal point for the balcony space.

Decorate further by adding floor pillows or chairs to create a seating area.

Bring Light Into the Space

balcony fairy lightsMost balconies already come with a lightbulb fixture, but they are usually dim and not at all stylish. You can add impact to your balcony by installing a new hanging light fixture or by using fairy string lights to hang around the balcony.

 

Use Folding Furniture to Maximize Space

folding furnitureIf you’re not totally committed to making your balcony serve any specific kind of purpose, use space-saving and foldable furniture like chairs and tables to give the option of folding it away if you ever want to clear the space.

For example, chairs and tables can be a hindrance if you want to throw the balcony doors open for a party and encourage an indoor-outdoor flow.

Simply fold the furniture away and bring it back when you need it again.

Make Your Balcony a Reading Haven

Use your balcony as an extension of your living room by bringing in a cozy, cushioned armchair that you can use for your reading time. Make it even cozier by adding a rug and lights.

This is perfect for relaxing weekends when you want to curl up with a book in the sunshine.

Decorate Your Walls

Hang up pictures, personal mementos, and mirrors to make the balcony space more personal. You can also paint the walls for a pop of color.

Decorating your walls is a cost-effective way of designing a balcony with your own personal touch.