With many more of us living in apartments with a small balcony, or wishing you had a little city hideaway, today we have some balcony inspiration and five simple steps to creating your own patio garden so you can enjoy the outdoor air while living in the city and you won’t even have to leave your apartment.

Balconies

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Colour Inspiration and Theme

Firstly collect pictures of inspiration of colours and furnishings.  Simply break down the look you will love the most, whether you are going to use a black and white theme, green, or blue and white or simply add as much colour as you can, you need a plan.  Are you on Pinterest, Pinterest is a great way to save your inspiration pictures.  You can follow DIY Decorator on Pinterest.

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Flooring

Whether you need to add a complete floor or just a  beautiful outdoor rug there are many options to choose from.  There is a range of deck tiles from Masters , this product is light and easy to use in a small area,  or use artificial grass.  Winton House has a gorgeous range of indoor/outdoor rugs to finish off your outdoor retreat.

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Decorating a Balcony

1. Acapulco Replica Chair- K-Mart | 2. Outdoor Storage –  Ikea| 3.  Falster table & Chairs – Ikea | 4.  Foldable Adirondack Chair – K-Mart | 5.  Seaglass & Ikat Silver Floral Cushion – Bungalow Living | 6. Elho Loft Urban Round Pot – Masters | 7.  Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Catamaran Stripe Light Blue – Winton House  | 8. Aqua Greek Key – Bungalow Living

Outdoor Furniture

Smart furniture for a tiny balcony such as a three piece setting, bench seat or mix pieces together,  two single outdoor chairs and a side table.

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Plants

Finish your balcony with a range of beautiful lush green plants, a small fruit tree, or a wall garden or just a simple display of potted colour such as these bright red geraniums.  You could even create your own small veggie garden.  Tomatoes are great for pots, and mix with smaller pots full of herbs.  Don’t forget to keep your plants well watered.

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Accents

The best part of decorating are the finishing touches, a small tray to carry your items on, cushions, a throw rug and a good book.  Now you should have a lovely outdoor area to enjoy the sunshine.  Tag us on Instagram or Facebook to show us your balcony.  We would love to see it.

Looking for more outdoor fabrics,  read about renowned Garden Designer Paul Bangay’s new outdoor fabric collection which is named after his property ‘Stonefields’ s on DIY Decorator.

Decorate your balcony, seating, plants

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