In the summer months, there is no better place to spend time relaxing than outside soaking up the sun and feeling the warm breeze. After a long day at work, you won’t have to go far to enjoy the remaining sunlight. If left unattended, your apartment‘s balcony or patio might be dusty and not the most inviting, but you can easily change that. We have some decorating tips on how to create an outdoor oasis in a small space, without breaking the bank. Don’t think you can’t live large on a small patio any longer.
Comfortable patio seating
You’ll never spend any time on your patio if you can’t sit somewhere comfortably. Check out these outdoor patio chairs that you can buy separately or buy multiple to build your own sectional. You could also add a soft hammock for reading, watching the clouds or napping. These types of hammock chairs are incredibly cozy and versatile.
Plants and flowers
Add decorative plants and flowers or grow your favorite herbs to add a splash of color to your patio. Bring nature to your outdoor living space to give it a more soothing, natural feel. Depending on the level of direct sunlight you get and the weather in your area, there are plenty of options to choose from. Easy plants to grow are: herbs like rosemary, cilantro and mint, geraniums, bamboo, jasmine, aloe and sunflowers. You can even add a faux plant—we promise not to tell!
Having flexibility on your patio is key. In some ways it’s the most flexible extension of your apartment. Your balcony can be used for eating, socializing, gardening, hanging laundry, relaxing and several other activities. It helps to have a simple folding table (like this one) that you can easily move and put out of sight if needed. Your outdoor space will be even more enjoyable with a place where you can have a meal or put your cup of coffee down.
Adding soft lighting will transform your balcony. Try hanging string lights from the ceiling or the banister of your patio to create the perfect ambiance to enjoy the outdoors late into the night. Make sure to check that your lights are waterproof and meant to be used outside, like these.
Rugs create a cozy feel and cover any undesirable spots on your patio. Rugs are also an easy way to add some personality without taking up any valuable floor space. You’ll find that rugs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes so you can choose one that best fits your space and outdoor living style. Make a statement with a rug like this one.
Imagine a place on your patio to relax, meditate or sit Japanese style for dinner or tea. Floor pillows, like these, offer flexible seating and can be used any which way. They also bring in a bohemian, cozy vibe to any space. Best of all, floor pillows are lightweight and easy to move.
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