Steal-Worthy Secrets: 5 Small Scandinavian Balconies

Steal-Worthy Secrets: 5 Small Scandinavian Balconies

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Adrienne Breaux
May 15, 2015
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They might have you beat on fabulous city and landscape views, but these smart balcony ideas from Scandinavian apartments show that just because your outdoor area is on the tiny side, doesn't mean you can't make it your own slice of outdoor paradise.

Consider the view

No not THAT view. You can't really control the view you have from your small outdoor area. But you do have some control over the view of your outdoor area from your home. Whether through a window or a door, framing the view of your outdoor space as enticing from say, your living room or kitchen, won't just cheer you up on a cloudy day when you glance over in that direction, it might help pull you out into your outdoor space to enjoy it more. Spotted on My Scandinavian Home.

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Create privacy

Packing into tight urban areas, it's not just an imperfect view you sometimes have to contend with in small outdoor areas, it's the lack of privacy. But like the small balcony above, there are ways you can get creative with materials to create more privacy in your little area. Like using a material to weave through metal railing to give you some bottom-heavy privacy. Found on Alvhem Makleri. Or using tall plants or hanging shades to obscure the view in your space.

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Recycle seating

Especially if this home you're in now isn't a permanent home or if you don't have a big budget for outdoor furniture (even if your space is small), you can get creative and use old boxes, wooden crates, benches, stools, side tables and more as seating for an outdoor space. Spotted on Alvhem Makleri.

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Use it the way you need it

There can sometimes be a pressure to have that cute little bistro table or those two cozy chairs for reading. But the most important thing to do with your outdoor space is to use it the way that would make you the most happy. Whether that's solely for snoozing around blooms or mostly growing herbs, add the elements that support your use on your balcony. Found on Domaine.

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Add color + comfort

It's not the law, but it does seem like lots of Scandinavian balconies and other outdoor spaces have a real command of both color (in accessories or plants) or comfort (bringing those inside comforts like throw pillows and blankets inside). Seen on Alvhem Makleri.

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