How To Create An Urban Garden Oasis (Even On A Balcony!)
1. Organized Greenery
No matter how small your balcony is, you can optimize the garden space by hanging plants or storing them on shelves, or in railing boxes.
2. A Cozy Seating Area
On a smaller balcony, choosing a patio set with a side table and folding chairs is a great option for maximizing the space and providing easy storage. If you’ve got room to spare, a rectangular table is perfect for hosting outdoor dinner parties - style it up with extra details like a textile table runner.
3. Outdoor Rugs
Especially in a smaller area, a beautiful rug is an absolute must to transform drab wood or cement flooring into the focal point of your outdoor space. Rugs come in every shape, colour and size so choosing the one that is going to work perfectly for you is really a matter of choice. This year I decided to go with an all-weather polypropylene rug for my deck and absolutely hit the jackpot with the selection they had in store. With all the rain we’ve had this spring in Toronto, a polypropylene rug seemed like the natural choice for my uncovered back deck. They are: reversible, water resistant, mildew resistant, fade resistant, easy to clean with soap and water and 100% recyclable!
4. Whimsical LightingString lights have always topped my list when it comes to hosting a starry evening outdoors, but lately I’ve been falling more and more in love with lanterns. (Paper lanterns are a fun and quirky touch - not to mention affordable).
5. Decorative OrnamentsLastly, to add a little personal touch to your space, try finding unique pieces to line the edges of your balcony or to sit on your patio table. Look for plant pots in fun colours, statues, lanterns, baskets or candle holders. My favourite addition to my patio decor is the Moroccan basket I keep stocked with La Cabana Blankets that my guests can to snuggle up in on cooler summer nights.
Take some of my favourite balcony elements home with you, and tag us @ebbandflowto in your transformations!