This balcony from Canadian House and Home may be small on space, but it still manages to feel like a true extension of the home. Here's our list of essentials for creating the same effect:
Take into account what you'd primarily like to use your outdoor space for before purchasing any seats. Will you be doing a lot of entertaining out there? If so, table-height chairs will be a must. We recommend a few folding ones (like Fermob) for a particularly small area, as they can be easily stored to the side when not in use. If you'd like to use your space primarily for relaxation, try creating a reading nook or lounging area with a nest of thick, weather resistant pillows. It'll be the perfect spot for napping or doing the Sunday crossword.
Ambient lighting Set the mood for a relaxing evening outdoors with some soft light. A few hanging lanterns (like in the photo above) are fun, or a few candles strewn about. We also like the look of a strand of white Christmas lights for a twinkling glow.
Even if your outdoor oasis is in the middle of an urban jungle, you can create a garden-like space with some well placed potted greenery. Work in plants of several different heights to create a more true-to-nature feel. We recommend potted dwarf citrus trees for taller vegetation that won't take up too much space - their blossoms smell beautiful, and you can harvest a few of the fruits for your cocktails.
Make it your own
We all know a few personal items can really make or break a room, and the same goes for an outdoor area. Obviously photos and art aren't going to hold up outside, but there are plenty of other options. Add a statue, like in the photo above, to show your interest in a particular area of art, or maybe a lawn gnome (or five) if you enjoy a dose of humor in your decor. Perhaps a handmade birdhouse to show your crafty or avian affinities? The possibilities are endless.
Care to add any suggestions? We'd love to hear them!
(Image: Janis Nicolay for Canadian House and Home)