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Cozy balcony with many potted plants, cup of tea and old vintage book on a wooden bistro set.



Now that the weather has warmed up and you’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors, you’re probably thinking about ways to make your balcony or patio a little more comfy and stylish. We’ve got some ideas that are just what you’re looking for.

Try Space-Saving Furniture & Accessories

It’s important to use small spaces well, which means finding furniture and accessories that are not only functional, but that don’t take up a large footprint when they are being stored during the winter season. Try foldable lounge chairs and side tables, or a cute bistro table set that is easy to collapse when not in use.

Make a Statement with Color

How about a monochromatic theme? Purchase all your outdoor furniture and accessories in various shades of deep red. Or perhaps a rich green. You can also try creating a design that centers on neutrals with a few pops of bold color here and there.

Showcase a Striking Centerpiece

Nope, we’re not talking about purchasing a fancy vase of flowers to feature in your outdoor space. Choose one item to stand out in your design: a brightly striped outdoor rug, for instance, or a set of geometric throw pillows for your lounge chairs.

Take Advantage of Creative Lighting

There are dozens of outdoor lighting options available, which means you can choose exactly the vibe you want. Look for string lights that feature dangling bulb lights for a hipster or retro look. Try fairy light curtains to create a sense of coziness and charm. Check out The Spruce’s list of best outdoor lights of 2021.

Create Depth by Layering Items

To make a space that you want people to feel drawn into, give it a sense of depth. You can do this by layering furniture and accessories. Place curtained string lights along the edges of your patio or balcony, then a narrow table or shelf in front of it, on which you can feature small LED candle lanterns and other accessories. If you have cushioned chairs, drape a blanket over the back, and two throw pillows of varying sizes.

Make Your Space Green

Nothing makes an outdoor area more cozy and inviting than a handful of beautiful plants. Create small container gardens and place small potted plants in strategic places.

For more tips on living well, follow the Anatole on Briarwood blog.