10 Clever Ways To Decorate Your Balcony for the Christmas Season

published Dec 24, 2022
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Decorating for the holidays is one of the most exciting moments of the year, but it’s easy to focus too much on zhuzhing up interior spaces and not enough on the outdoors. While front door decorations may be a top priority for exterior decorating, the balcony is a perfect place to transform into a cozy winter wonderland for the season, especially if you’re short on space.

We’ve rounded up 10 clever balcony Christmas decorating ideas to help you design the ultimate outdoor space for the holidays no matter your style, square footage, or budget. 

Credit: @s.u.s.a.p

1. Embrace hygge vibes.

We love this ultra-cozy balcony by @s.u.s.a.p that’s all about a Scandinavian aesthetic. No matter the weather in your neck of the woods, bringing in some furry textiles, string lights, and candles will make your balcony much more inviting for the winter season and a perfect spot for intimate conversation at your holiday cocktail party. 

2. Create a festive coffee corner.

Bundle up in your favorite fluffy robe and transform your balcony into the ultimate spot to sip your morning coffee and WFH — or catch up on a festive novel. Here, @kerryslittlehome dresses up her current set up of a bistro table and chairs with Christmas pillows, decor, and of course, a festive set of mugs for a dreamy place to start each day.

3. Move your Christmas tree outdoors.

This is a great way to ensure you can decorate your home to the nines for the holidays if you’re short on space. We love how @michellechristina took her Christmas tree out onto the balcony to create a cozy scene, complete with gifts and twinkle lights. 

4. Take to your flowerpots.

Bringing some holiday cheer to plants is a stylish yet cost-effective way to decorate your balcony for the holidays. Take a page from @theflowerpotfairy’s playbook and bring in festive colors, ribbons, and greenery to liven up your outdoor space in minutes. 

5. Design a festive farmhouse setup.

This adorable outdoor space by @thisvictorianfarmhouse looks straight out of a Hallmark movie. The addition of some greenery (real or faux) and Christmas-colored textiles will also create the perfect backdrop for your holiday cards.

6. Turn up the romance with a twinkle light oasis.

If kitschy pillows and traditional Christmas decor isn’t your thing — or you don’t want to invest in more seasonal decorations — opt for extra lights. Here, @girlandtheword creates a wintry outdoor haven that also feels appropriate for year-round use. 

7. Enliven your window boxes.

Short on outdoor space? Rely on your window boxes to bring some festivity. Susan of @thistlecontainers filled hers with seasonal greenery and shiny ornaments to amp up the holiday cheer outdoors with ease. 

Credit: @a.decohome

8. Decorate your existing greenery.

Aga of @a.decohome cleverly dressed up her balcony for the holidays by adorning her plant life with dried citrus and garland. Take an afternoon to create some aromatic, textural decorations that will work both indoors and outdoors. 

9. Create a spirited outdoor living room.

It’s time to take advantage of our outdoor spaces before the temperatures drop too low, and @lizettes_home offers the perfect inspo. Adorning your seating with some greenery, ornaments, and cozy blankets will make your balcony the go-to spot for morning coffee and evening hot chocolate. 

10. Utilize your favorite interior decorating elements outdoors.

Layered lighting, textural rugs, and patterned textiles make @homediyhomestyle’s outdoor living space feel like an extension of her interiors. Adding a Christmas tree (complete with lights) and some candles will set the mood for a cozy place to enjoy a fresh plate of Christmas cookies and a glass of vino on a winter’s night.