Arrange Your Patio or Balcony With Function and Style in Mind

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If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space, you’ll definitely want to take full advantage of it this time of year! But if you haven’t taken the time to dress up your outdoor space in a pretty and practical way, you might not want to spend a lot of time there. Try these tips to style your patio in a functional way.

  1. Oust the clutter. Whenever you’re decorating a small space, you should always avoid adding too much stuff. This rule holds true for your balcony, too. Start by taking inventory of your existing patio furniture and decor, and decide which pieces really serve a purpose. Anything that’s just getting in the way should be donated or tossed.

  2. Bring in plenty of plants. You want your outdoor space to truly feel like the great outdoors, so you should always make some room for plants. If you simply don’t have the square footage to accommodate large planters, you can always hang boxes from the balcony railing or simply let a potted succulent serve as a table centerpiece.

  3. Choose furniture that fits. You’ll have an easier time squeezing space out of every last square foot if you opt for smaller-scale furniture. Instead of large chairs that eat up floor space, choose smaller wicker or wrought-iron pieces. If you’re thinking about a table, opt for a petite bistro table—or maybe skip it entirely, depending on how much space you have.

  4. Make pieces pull double-duty. Any piece of furniture that can double as a space for storage is going to be a winner. For instance, some ottomans can serve as both extra seating and a place to stash blankets or throw pillow when they’re not in use. You might be able to find a comfortable outdoor bench that does the same thing.

15 Small Patio Decorating Ideas [HGTV]
How to Make the Most of Your Seriously Small Apartment Balcony [Apartment Therapy]
Four Tips for Decorating a Small Patio With Style [The Spruce]

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