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10 ideas to transform your balcony

With the right help and guidance, a balcony apartment will no longer be an overlooked space but become a private outdoor spot for relaxing and entertaining. From creating a balcony garden or your very own cosy outdoor room, transform your space into your next favourite room.

Find your balcony aesthetic with our 10 balcony ideas below and realise the endless design potential you have been neglecting:

Add folding furniture

Birdseye view of wooden furniture and potted plants on a small balcony.

Enjoy your morning coffee on your balcony with furniture that does not compromise on space. Add folding furniture such as a small table and chairs that can be easily stored indoors, allowing you to use your balcony space for more than one purpose.

Balcony plants

Close-up shot of sun-drenched balcony with an array of green potted plants.

Adding greenery and outdoor plants to your balcony will make you feel like you have a personal garden. Don’t worry if you have a small space, a balcony garden can easily be achieved with wall planters, perfect for limited areas.

Double duty furniture

Apartment doors opening out onto a small balcony featuring green plants. a bean-bag and a table with hot pastry and coffee .

If you’re renting an apartment and are not quite ready to invest in outdoor furniture, opting for floor pillows is a great alternative. Add colour and comfort to your balcony aesthetic with furniture that has more than one use.

Outdoor wall décor

Balcony with large rattan chair-bed with eye-catching weather-resistant wall art hanging above.

Use your wall space by incorporating weather-resistant wall art into your balcony design. Outdoor wall décor is the perfect finishing touch to complete the aesthetic of your apartment balcony.

The perfect lighting

Garden scene at night time alight with low hanging bulbs, a corner lamp and a candle encased in a wooden lantern.

Adding outdoor lighting such as outdoor lanterns or string lights will create an inviting and irresistible space no matter the time of day.

Looking for a trusted tradesperson to brighten up your balcony? Find professional electricians on Rated People.

A lounge area

Balcony with rattan furniture and thick, cosy cushions. Lanterns sit on the floor and on a rattan coffee table.

Having plenty of seating on your balcony will make it the perfect hang-out spot for friends and family. Outdoor furniture will let the comfort of your apartment flow into your outdoor space.

Adding colour and texture

Balcony transformed into living space with a comfy rattan chair, wooden table with plant and a colourful, stripy outdoor rug.

With the help of an outdoor rug or artificial grass, you can transform your balcony into a space that reflects your indoor aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to go bold and bright with your colour palette!

Looking for a painter and decorator? Find a local painter on Rated People and complete your balcony transformation.

DIY furniture

Wooden balcony furniture dressed with pink, red and yellow cushions. Red and purple plants add extra vibrancy to this balcony.

Being on a budget should not restrict your balcony design ideas! Build your own outdoor pallet sofa topped with comfy cushions to transform your balcony easily and inexpensively.

Flooring

Modern balcony with glass-topped rattan table and comfy corner couch. 
Lanterns and yellow flowers add colour to the setting.

Changing your balcony floor can immediately modernise and update your outdoor living space. By painting a concrete floor with an intrinsic design or using outdoor tiling you can give your balcony a chic new look.

Do you need a floor specialist? Go to Rated People and post your job to receive quotes from qualified floor specialists. 

Make it private

Large private balcony space with tall glass screens and shutters. Green potted plants sit by the screens and add a pop of colour.

By adding a balcony privacy screen, you can easily enjoy your outdoor space without worrying about neighbours. Add DIY bamboo fencing or opt for installed balcony shutters.

Feeling inspired? Transform your balcony with the help of vetted, professional tradespeople on Rated People​.

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