Skip to main content

4 Perfect Patio Ideas for Decorating Your Deck or Balcony


Back when I was searching for my current apartment, I swapped out outdoor space for historical charm, proximity to downtown, and a great price. I love my place, but I envy you renters who have the luxury of a private balcony or patio to enjoy in the warmer months. With you in mind, I've curated four themes for turning your boring balcony, dull deck, or plain-Jane patio into a lovely space you'll enjoy all summer long.

Colorful Corner: Think bright and vibrant for this outdoor theme. Reach for the colors of summer – refreshing turquoise, lush lime green, pretty coral. Mix and match florals with stripes for a fun, festive feel on  an outdoor rug and comfy cushions. The green Matera shelf fits over the side of your balcony; it can be propped up for dinner or folded down for extra space. The adorable ice cream parlor-style patio chairs provide vintage flair with modern functionality – they come in pretty colors and conveniently fold away. Who knew folding chairs could be so cute?! Throw in a cute lantern and outdoor candle to illuminate the evening. For a final touch, hang a sweet planter with pretty flowers. Time to put together those patio party invites!




Bar and Grille: Create your own outdoor nook for wining and dining that's just as classy as your favorite foodie hot spot. Keep it classy and classic with lots of black – like this simple, affordable, and elegant bistro set from Ikea. Make sure a bucket full of cold craft beers is nearby at all times. Play up the city vibes with a trimmed plant and exotic flowers. Turn up the style with a bit of pattern with a black and white striped ottoman with a flash of green. And add in the perfect mood lighting with a trendy marquee letter. (You can even DIY your own.) Cheers!




Industrial Retreat: Mingle rustic wood, galvanized metals, and a little copper to create a cozy, urban perch. Copper, aluminum, and steel. Worn patinas, rusty patinas, and shiny new surfaces. Let them all get together for most eclectic and industrial of looks. (The more variety, the more pulled together it looks!) Transform a lackluster balcony floor with a rug that looks like wood. A rolling bar cart and table with a handle on top are easy to move around and accommodate guests. 



Let's Get Campy: Have a little kitschy fun out on your patio by turning it into your personal campground. Start with a green outdoor shag rug that mimics grass. Throw in colorful tables and chairs in red, gold, and teal. Plop down on an adorable stump stool that can double as an extra table. Bring in those classic camping touches like a retro teal lantern and beer caddy. While you won't be fending off wildlife from your apartment patio, a cute critter pillow like this little raccoon rascal will fit right in – without stealing your supper!


Do you have a patio or balcony off of your apartment? How do you style it for enjoyment?


The Lovely Side is on: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Comments

Eran Braveman said…
Great Post. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.
David said…
Interesting. This looks super cool. I haven't read it all yet, but I'll be back to read the rest of it.
Jeff said…
Great stuff, might steal something from the industrial design.

POPULAR POSTS:

DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.