PANDORA’S HOME AND GARDEN
Make the Most of Your Small Apartment Balcony
Water Hyacinth Furniture
There is nothing like the look of hand-braided natural materials. This tiny balcony by Paradise Restored, a landscaping company based in Portland, Oregon, features furniture made of woven water hyacinth. The chunky fibers add a pleasing texture to the space that is both rustic and sophisticated. It is no wonder that outdoor furnishings made from the material were a big hit on the French Riviera during the 1940s.
Outdoor Pallet Sofa
Becky, also known as Villa Snow White on Instagram, created a super inviting balcony that proves you don’t need a stellar view to enjoy your outdoor space.
A wood pallet sectional sofa with tufted outdoor cushions transformed the outdoor space into a cozy hangout. A roll of inexpensive reed fencing spruces up the blah balcony wall. A string of paper-lantern-style string lights (SOLVINDEN by IKEA) lends a little ambiance at night. On top of the wood tiles, which are also from IKEA, is a machine-washable cotton rug. Love the idea of greenery on your balcony but don’t want to deal with daily maintenance? Inside the white planter are two hassle-free faux plants. Another item worth mentioning is the outdoor umbrella with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of more than 50.
Blocking the Sun With a Fabric Canopy
Interior designer Mora Korytowska shared her stylish balcony on Instagram. The furniture, made of acacia wood, is from IKEA’s ÄPPLARÖ collection. Fabric lanterns look pretty during the day while adding soft light at night. The solar-powered lights in the planters provide additional lighting. Because Korytowska spends lots of time on the balcony during the day, she installed a fabric canopy with a high UPF rating overhead.
A Little Urban Jungle
Indulge your green thumb by turning your balcony into a little urban jungle. This lovely outdoor space spotted on the German blog It’s Pretty Nice is covered with beautiful greenery and seasonal flowers. Covering the railing are black flower boxes. A simple bench on the right provides a little storage space. The tiny accent table can also be used as storage when flipped over. On the floor is a black-and-white outdoor rug.
A Dog-Friendly Balcony
Got a pup? These tips from BarkPost Stories can turn your untapped balcony into a slice of doggy paradise. A white picket fence, an adorable doghouse, some synthetic grass, and, of course, a couple of planters filled with African daisies created the perfect pint-sized dog park for one lucky canine. Take a look at the building plans.
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