Cozy balcony ideas: 24 looks to create your perfect outdoor aesthetic
These cozy balcony ideas will help you enjoy your small outside space all year round
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Our cozy balcony ideas are a great way to bring your slice of outdoor space to life, whatever the season. From snuggly throws to stunning wall hangings, there are plenty of different ways to decorate and up the ambiance.
Whether it's a place to read your next novel, an area for late-night chill sessions, or a quiet spot for catching up on daytime work, a balcony can be transformed into a unique and personal space. Try some of these looks and it'll be your new favorite place to spend your time, even when temperatures drop.
The best cozy balcony ideas for you to try
Make the most of your small outdoor space and turn it into a snug haven.
1. Layer up the string lights
Giving yourself some different light options is a great way to add atmosphere to your cozy balcony ideas. These might include string lights wrapped along the edge of the balcony itself, strung up across the wall or ceiling, or even hanging down in a garland to add a sense of height.
Marlena Kaminska, a designer at Value Lights (opens in new tab), advises, 'Lighting is key to making the most of your balcony space (especially during the winter months!) ensuring you don’t have to retreat back indoors once the sun goes down.
'Festoon light ideas are a great high-impact low-effort choice,' she continues. 'Not only do they provide an optimum amount of light but, thanks to their funky stylistic design, they also add charm and soul to your space.
'To achieve ultimate cozy vibes, aim to use two or three light sources – this will guarantee your balcony oozes warmth. Lantern-style lights are the perfect addition as their flickering LEDs emulate real candles, transforming your balcony into an authentic extension of your indoor living space.'
There are 21 of these lovely colorful LED bulb globe lights that come in a variety of different pastel-like colors. String these lights across your balcony for an atmospheric and festive vibe: they're perfect for both indoor and outdoor use and have a nostalgic, muted glow.
Light up your balcony like the night sky with these wintery star-shaped string lights. There are 50 stars on a long green cord, all of which shine with either a steady or flash function. Plus, they're solar-powered – just place the solar panel in a sunny spot and watch them glow all night long.
At 49ft, these tiny globe string lights are the perfect choice for your cozy balcony ideas. They emit a beautiful warm glow and with eight different modes including wave, twinkle and sequential, they'll suit plenty of different occasions. They're durable, energy efficient, and eco-friendly with a low voltage output, too.
5. Decorate your balcony walls
Take advantage of any wall space you have available by using wall hangings. Fabric hangings can help to close off parts of the balcony, while statement pieces like artwork and tile patterns will create focal points that attract the eye. Of course, there are also plenty of wreath ideas that you can get creative with: this supersized one is perfect for adding seasonal charm through the colder months.
Opt for weatherproof textiles where possible, or consider bringing items inside during bad weather.
Layer up the textures on a sheltered balcony with this decorative hanging, which is made up of hundreds of hand-crafted coconut beads. Its neutral tones will complement all sorts of styles, but we think it would work best in a boho, beachside, or Scandi-chic scheme.
Why not draw the eye with a beautiful decorative piece on your balcony wall? This distressed metal design from Wayfair lends a certain sense of style without being too oppressive, and will fit in well with any other iron artwork you may have already.
This handmade wreath will help to brighten up the cooler season with its autumnal hues. Lupidium, caspia, eryngium, flax, globe amaranth, strawflowers, and citrus slices make a stunning arrangement and will give your space a rustic, natural vibe. Pop it somewhere sheltered to help it last.
9. Add warmth with colorful furniture
Add warmth to your balcony by using a collection of colorful garden furniture.
Steel-framed chairs and tables allow you to recreate a cafe-style vibe. Plus, some can be folded up for easy storage – ideal when space is at a premium.
Alternatively, hanging chairs or hammocks make use of the ceiling rather than floor space.
Nesting tables are a fantastic way to save space. They're an elegant choice on the balcony when you have company over, but can be easily tucked beneath each other when not in use. These ceramic-tiled tables are handmade and outdoor-friendly.
This fold-up patio furniture is lightweight, stylish and strong, making it a great choice for the outdoors. There are plastic pads on all feet and joints to provide additional protection, and the bright colorways will help add a splash of vibrancy to your balcony.
Who doesn't love a swinging chair? This elegant one-person seating option comes complete with matching colored cushions and a lightweight aluminum and wicker rattan frame that's fully weather-resistant. Some partial assembly is required to fit the stand together.
13. Cozy up with cushions and throws
The homeware experts at Matalan (opens in new tab) explain that when creating the perfect outdoor cozy space on your balcony, introducing textiles and fabrics is a good place to start.
'Fabric accessories are great for softening the hard edges of your outdoor furniture and the balcony space as a whole, which will help you feel snug and cozy,' they say. 'Adding warm throws and blankets and introducing a selection of cushions will help to keep you comfortable.' These accessories are a must for cozy patios, too.
Use these beautifully patterned, weather-resistant throw pillows to create a color theme for your cozy balcony decor. There are six different geometric designs on this set, but as the pattern is single-sided it's easy to transform your aesthetic when desired.
These wool picnic blankets are cozy, comfortable, and come in a range of neutral tones that match any color scheme. They're woven with hydrophobic fibers which helps to repel water, but still retain a lovely softness. The perfect companion for an outdoor movie night.
We love these extra-large bean bags – they're a great choice for keeping your balcony well-stocked with seating options for kids and adults alike. Using bean bags amongst more structured furniture helps to add varying levels to a space too, and allows for a really relaxed vibe.
17. Fill your balcony space with foliage
Bringing greenery into a balcony space adds layers of depth. You can keep balcony plants on shelves to maximize wall space, or even create a living wall. If strategically placed, they can also help to add privacy without needing to use a full-sized screen.
Opting for potted herbs that you can use in your cooking is doubly beneficial.
Hanging plants up high allows you to bring new greenery into your balcony without sacrificing on space. These iron hooks make it easy and work with all sorts of planters. They can be wiped clean when needed.
Chamaedorea cataractarums are a lovely choice for balcony plants. They grow beautifully tall and leafy with plenty of green palm fronds which can be used as an airy privacy barrier. Keep these plants in bright, indirect light to get the best growth and enjoy them for years to come.
If you're strapped for space but still love the idea of a kitchen garden, these vertical planters are a good solution. Four containers are stacked and held together with a coated steel frame that's weather-resistant.
21. Add an outdoor rug for warmth underfoot
There's nothing like a colorful outdoor rug to make your balcony pop – and it has the added benefit of keeping your feet cozy as the cooler weather draws in.
With a multitude of patterns and shapes available, you can easily brighten up even the darkest of balcony spaces.
Crafted in New England, these braided rugs are made from durable nylon and polypropylene and dyed in vivid jewel tones that won't fade in the sunlight. They feel really comfy even to bare feet, and can be reversed for maximum use before needing a wash.
A beautifully rustic plaid runner makes a charming choice for your balcony. These rugs are made in Turkey and use synthetic fibers that can handle high foot traffic, pets, kids and the occasional stain. We'd recommend using a non-slip rug pad to keep it firmly in place.
This monochrome, fade-resistant outdoor rug will add subtle texture and pattern to your balcony, plus it comes in lots of different sizes. Gray and blue color options are also available. What's more, it's made from recycled plastic bottles.
Freelance writer and author Flora Baker is a keen amateur gardener and houseplant enthusiast. Her small garden in South London is a constant work in progress as she gets to grips with snail prevention, DIY trellises and what to plant in shady spots overrun with ivy.
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