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How to Beautify and Decorate Your Santa Clara Apartment Balcony


February 15, 2017

One of the best parts about any apartment is the balcony – a place where you can appreciate the outdoors and relax.

And one of the best parts about having a balcony is how much you can do to personalize it!

With just a little planning and care, your balcony can quickly become your favorite spot in your whole apartment. Today, we’re going to cover some of the most brilliant ways to beautify and decorate your apartment balcony!

Make it Comfortable

Just because your balcony may not be the size of a living room shouldn’t mean you can’t make it comfortable.

If you really consider all your options, you might even find you’d rather spend time curled up with a book on your balcony instead of in front of your living room TV!

For instance, you could hang the perfect hammock, toss blankets over a wicker chair, or even sew new pillowing onto an older piece of furniture to make it softer.

And if your apartments in Silicon Valley have balconies on the larger side, you might even try squeezing a small sofa out there. Toss some throw pillows on top to complete the image – and your cozy spot.

Cleverly Cover the Floor

One thing people rarely realize when they decorate their balconies is the option to change up their flooring.

Balconies are often made from stone, concrete, wood, or even metal grating. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to those materials.

Instead, you can go with quite a wide variety of options – especially if your balcony is covered from the elements. You can put down a small amount of carpet, an area rug, or even linoleum or tile – depending on what your apartments in Silicon Valley allow. Or, you could fit a cushion to the balcony floor to make the whole area a place to lie down and relax.

Some people even go so far as to install imitation grass to their balcony area so they can sink their toes into it. Or, they go really wild with their balconies and make it into their own private sandy beach!

Use Exterior Paint on Furniture

The biggest reason many people choose not to beautify their apartment balcony is probably the weather. It’s hard to justify putting expensive furniture and decoration outside if you’re worried it might become severely damaged after a rainstorm.

But rest assured, you can protect your items while improving the way they look at the same time.

Take a look at that chair you’ve got in the corner. It could use a fresh coat of paint, or a new color altogether to better fit its surroundings, don’t you think?

If so, use exterior paint – on the wood and the cushions. Not only will exterior paint improve the way your furniture and outdoor décor looks, it can also keep all of it safe from the elements.

Choose the Right Plants

Some people who live in apartments are naturally great gardeners without ever realizing it.

If only they’d made use of the outdoor space of their balcony and added some green to it!

Many balcony decorators are content with a single large potted tree shoved into a corner, while others might opt for something more complex like ivy or even vegetables.

If you aren’t sure what plants you should add to your balcony, take a look at this list of plants that look great and live long:

  • Marigold
  • Salvia
  • Ivy Geranium
  • Morning Glory
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsia
  • Petunia
  • Pansy
  • Begonias
  • Hydrangea
  • Hyacinth
  • Lantana

A variety of potted plants can provide fresh oxygen while their colors contrast nicely with your exterior walls and railings. And remember, the more fragrant the flowers, the better.

Create a Micro Greenhouse

If you start playing around with your outdoor plants and find your thumb to be a little greener than you thought, you might want to try your hand at a greenhouse.

I know what you might be thinking. How could I possibly fit a greenhouse on my balcony?

Surprisingly, you don’t need that much space at all to create the greenhouse effect for your plants. Here are some different materials you can use to create a greenhouse:

  • Plastic bottles
  • See-through umbrellas
  • CD cases
  • Recycled plastic containers
  • PVC pipe and plastic sheeting
  • Mason jars

It might take some doing, but you might just find it to be a fun hobby that contributes to the overall beauty of your apartment balcony.

Create Some Privacy

If you feel like your balcony is maybe a bit too visible to your neighbors or to a busy street, you might want to find some creative ways to hide.

One of the best ways to do this is through something we just mentioned – plants! Besides being gorgeous to look at, they can also be organized in the perfect way to conceal you from view. You can hang multiple pots from the ceiling, or stack them on shelves.

The only downside of this privacy method is that you’ll have to water and trim them regularly to keep them vibrant and flourishing enough to maintain that privacy.

If you can install more permanent fixtures, you might opt for hanging shutters or a large opaque screen. And if you have a problem with bugs, you could give your balcony a more exotic appeal with mosquito-net curtains that are washable and seasonal.

But remember, every apartment has slightly different building rules, so you’ll need to do some research before you accidentally violate any lease terms.

Choose the Right Lights

Something most people seem to forget about their balconies is that they don’t have to use the boring porch light that comes pre-installed with their apartment. Instead, they could choose from a wide variety of lighting options to make the space even more beautiful and comfortable.

Your local department store is positively brimming with different styles of lighting. You can choose from hanging string lights, globe lights, or complete lighting fixtures if you need to bathe your balcony in bright light. Remember to check with your apartment management before installing anything too crazy.

If you want to get creative with it – especially when following a particular theme – you could try candles in mason jars suspended from wire, grapevine spheres, or even Tiki torches.

And if you don’t want to go to the trouble of hanging lights or even using electricity, you can always go the old fashioned route: candles. It’s incredibly easy and cheap to find whatever color or style of candle you want to always improve the aesthetics of a space.

Accessorize

Many knick knacks and accessories you come across at places like thrift stores and novelty shops might not have a place inside your apartment, but they could work splendidly on your balcony.

Tiny figurines or even your average garden gnome might add a little spark to your outdoor décor. Mason jars and glass baubles hanging from wire might do the trick as well. Maybe even a neat collection of rocks to line your railing or the border of the balcony would make it feel that much more zen.

And one more thing: wind chimes are arguably the best single item you can add to your balcony to change it from a boring fire escape to a calm and cool hangout spot. They sound wonderful and are always fascinating to look at – so do yourself a favor and find some wind chimes fast.

Follow a Theme

It’s always fun to let your imagination run wild when it comes to decorating apartments in Silicon Valley. But one of the most important aspects of design you should keep in mind is your theme.

If you want your balcony to look friendly and inviting, go with bright colors that convey the feelings of spring and summer. Your color accents should stay as consistent as possible – in other words, try your best to make everything match!

If you go for a more rustic look (something that’d fit well with a big pitcher of ice tea, for instance) you should maybe try older wooden furniture or upturned crates instead of metal chairs.

You should also consider symmetry in your balcony design if you want it to really stand out. Keep everything balanced and similarly shaped. Think about your furniture and items in terms of weight, and distribute them evenly across the balcony.

While you decorate, always think about the smallest ways you can contribute to the overall picture of your balcony. When you look at it from far away, it should clearly communicate what it stands for – whether it’s used for reading, for contemplating, or even working out.

When you're done, enjoy some time outside on your balcony!

Look around at the other balconies in your area.

Odds are, the majority of them are bland and empty, with maybe only a few folding chairs and a coffee table. But not yours – if you've followed the tips in this post, you've got a beautiful place to relax outdoors.

So kick back on your balcony and enjoy a nice meal, some drinks, or just some time enjoying the gorgeous weather – you don't even have to leave your apartment!