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Ways to spruce up your outdoor spaces, no matter how much room you have to work with.

Outdoor Decor: Balcony & Patio Ideas

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image of a white mid century acupulco chair on a grey deck with a yellow pillow, a potted tree sits next to it

Balcony & Patio ideas? In February? Daydreams if you live in the North, I know. But the second week in February is always my trigger here in the South; the holidays are firmly behind us, life is getting busy, and the weather is so lovely that I’m drawn outside. Only to realize I’ve totally neglected my outdoor space since before the end of the year.

So today, I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of balcony and patio ideas, brand new furniture and my years of knowledge when it comes to outdoor furniture and decor.


WHERE TO START

First things first, evaluate what you’re working with:

  • Balcony, Patio, Pool Deck?
  • What shape is it?
  • Does it need sun coverage?
  • Is the floor level?


Then, think about what you want:

  • Dining or Lounging? (You can still Dine if you Lounge, but you can’t necessarily Lounge if you Dine…)
  • Should the finished space soothe you with neutral tones, or feel more playful with color and contrast?
  • What kind of investment do you want to make / what is your budget?
  • How much maintenance and upkeep do you want to do?


It’s all up to you – there are no right or wrong answers here, it’s really what you feel is the best answer for you.

And then? You can get to planning.


SMALL BALCONY IDEAS


An apartment balcony is not a useless space. Yes, it’s small, and you don’t really get a choice of the color scheme, but even a small slice of the outdoors is a luxury.

A lot of the ideas for balconies work for front porches, or even small seating areas in a backyard, too.

So, what did you decide you wanted for your finished space? Dine or Lounge? Soothing or Exciting?

I’ve pulled together a couple of options for each combo:

image of neutral balcony lounge set up

NEUTRAL LOUNGE BALCONY

UMBRELLA: CB2
PLANTER: CB2
LANTERN: TARGET
CHAIRS: SERENA & LILY
TABLE: TARGET
PILLOWS: TARGET



image of colorful balcony lounge set up

COLORFUL LOUNGE BALCONY

UMBRELLA: HALF UMBRELLA & STAND – BOTH WORLD MARKET
PLANTER: CB2
LANTERN: WORLD MARKET
CHAIRS: WORLD MARKET
TABLE: TARGET
PILLOWS: WORLD MARKET



image of neutral balcony dining set up

NEUTRAL BALCONY DINING

UMBRELLA: HALF UMBRELLA & STAND – BOTH WORLD MARKET
SMALL PLANTER: TARGET
LARGE PLANTER: CB2
DINING SET: TARGET
LANTERN: TARGET
RUG: TARGET




image of colorful balcony dining set up

COLORFUL BALCONY DINING

UMBRELLA: CB2
PLANTER: CB2
CHAIR: WORLD MARKET
TABLE: WORLD MARKET
PILLOW: WORLD MARKET







PATIO IDEAS

image of two lounge chairs and an umbrella next to a pool with a wooden deck

Patios are one of the most versatile spaces you can have outside. In our current house, we had it set up as a dining space for 3 years, then converted it to lounge space. As long as you have a good solid floor, and more than 8’x8′, it can be the patio of your dreams. If your space is smaller than this, check out the Balcony ideas, above.

Here are some ideas for Patio combos:


image of colorul patio dining set up

COLORFUL PATIO DINING FOR 6

LARGE PLANTER: CB2
SMALL PLANTER: CB2
LANTERN: TARGET
TASSELED PILLOW: SERENA & LILY
PATTERNED PILLOW: TARGET
UMBRELLA: TARGET
TABLE & CHAIRS: TARGET
RUG: TARGET




image of neutral patio dining set up

NEUTRAL PATIO DINING FOR 4

LANTERN: TARGET
TALL PLANTER: TARGET
SMALL PLANTER: CB2
SQUARE PILLOW: TARGET
LUMBAR PILLOW: CB2
UMBRELLA: TARGET
TABLE & CHAIRS: TARGET
RUG: CB2




image of colorful patio lounge set up

COLORFUL PATIO LOUNGE

PLANTER: CB2
TALL LANTERN: TARGET
SHORT LANTERN: TARGET
UMBRELLA: TARGET
RUG: WORLD MARKET
LOUNGER: TARGET
SIDE TABLE: WORLD MARKET
SQUARE PILLOW: SERENA & LILY
LUMBAR PILLOW: SERENA & LILY




image of neutral patio lounge set up

NEUTRAL PATIO LOUNGE

PLANTER: WORLD MARKET
PILLOWS: TARGET
SECTIONAL: WORLD MARKET
TABLE: TARGET
RUG: TARGET
LANTERNS: TARGET




HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

image of white patio umbrellas on a blue sky

So it’s true: Outdoor furniture and decorations are typically not cheap. If it feels like too good of a deal, it probably is.

Specialized materials that will stand up to the harsh outdoor environment are not easy to develop, and thus they are usually more expensive.

Sustainably sourced and manufactured pieces are also not a place to skimp.

But if you’re thoughtful with your choices, you can make that investment last and last.


How to make your outdoor furniture last

The easiest way to make your investment last is to start by picking something you’re not going to get tired of after a single season. Neutral finishes and classic shapes make it easy to add simple updates in a few years when you’re ready for a refresh.

Properly cared for, I would expect any piece of outdoor furniture to last at least 3 years before any repairs or deep cleaning would need to occur.

Pillows & cushions that are stowed after each use should last for years.

Rugs that are left fully exposed will start to fade after the first season and will need to be pressure washed a couple of times a year depending on your humidity level.

All pieces will benefit from a light pressure wash at the beginning of the year, and before they are wrapped up for the end of the year.

The most serious damage is caused by wrapping up or stowing dirty cushions or furniture. It’ll be WAY harder to take care of next year, I promise. Just make sure they’re dry before you cover them!

And take care of stains right away, too. If clean water won’t get rid of it, try the 303 line by Gold Eagle, or even just Simple Green. Anything harsher will ruin your investment by removing the protective finishes!

All of this is why routine maintenance is so important.

Routine cleaning – What’s right for me?

Thinking about how involved you want to be in the day-to-day upkeep of your pieces is important to do upfront. If you don’t do it, you’re wasting your money.

So think about how involved you want to be:

LITTLE EFFORT:
Avoid furniture with cushions
Do not install a rug
Keep the finishes dark
Try and go for furniture made of all one material (all metal, or all-plastic)
Avoid any natural wood

SOME EFFORT:
If you have seat cushions, stow them after every use
Select a rug with a detailed or colorful pattern
Avoid tightly woven finishes

A LOT OF EFFORT:
Get covers for all pieces, and use them every single time (including the umbrella)
Solid or heavily woven rugs
Natural Wood finishes
Light Finishes or Cushions



WHERE TO SHOP FOR YOUR PATIO & BALCONY

I’ve shopped the internet so you don’t have to, and have pulled my favorite pieces for each category. My one overall tip is to buy early – if you see something you love don’t wait for a sale to happen. Outdoor furniture goes fast, and the piece you want may be gone by the time the sale is on.

Happy Shopping!


round up of balcony dining furniture by West-South

A – TARGET – $150
B – TARGET – $200
C – CHAIR – $99.98/2 & TABLE – $199.99, BOTH WORLD MARKET
D – TARGET – $180
E – TARGET – $300
F – TARGET – $400




round up of balcony lounge furniture by West-South

A – CHAIR – $478, SERENA & LILY; TABLE – $89, TARGET
B – CHAIR – $349.99/2, WORLD MARKET; TABLE – $99, TARGET
C – CHAIR – $99.99, WORLD MARKET; TABLE – $79, TARGET
D – CHAIR, $280, TARGET; TABLE – $99.99, WORLD MARKET
E – TARGET – $400
F – TARGET – $650
G – TARGET – $400
H – TARGET – $350
J – TARGET – $400
K – CB2 – $599
L – TARGET – $330




round up of patio dining furniture by West-South

A – TARGET – $850
B – TARGET – $1,200
C – TARGET – $689.99
D – TARGET – $1,045
E – TARGET – $830
F – TARGET – $890
G – TARGET – $900
H – TARGET – $700




round up of patio lounge furniture by West-South

A – CB2 – $999
B – TARGET – $1000
C – TARGET – $650
D – WORLD MARKET – $1950
E – TARGET – $800
F – CB2 – $999
G – TARGET – $400
H – CB2 – $1249




round up of outdoor accent pillows by West-South

ROW 1
A – TARGET – $13.50
B – SERENA & LILY – $98
C – WORLD MARKET – $34.99
D – CB2 – $39.95

ROW 2
E – CB2 – $59.95
E – TARGET – $22.50
F – TARGET – $13.50
G – SERENA & LILY – $128.00

ROW 3
H – CB2 – $39.95
J – SERENA & LILY – $128.00
K – WORLD MARKET – $34.99
L – TARGET – $18

ROW 4
M – TARGET – $20
N – CB2 – $54.95
P – SERENA & LILY – $128.00
Q – CB2 – $39.95

ROW 5
R – WORLD MARKET – $34.99
S – TARGET – $18
T – CB2 – $59.95
U – WORLD MARKET – $24.99




round up of sunshades and umbrellas by West-South

A – TARGET – $46.99 (WITHOUT BASE)
B – WORLD MARKET – $84.99 (WITHOUT BASE)
C – CB2 – $399
D – WORLD MARKET – $229.99 (WITHOUT BASE)
E – WORLD MARKET – $229.99 (WITHOUT BASE)
F – TARGET – $93.50 (WITHOUT BASE)
G – TARGET – $187.50 (WITHOUT BASE)
H – TARGET – $120 (WITHOUT BASE)
J – TARGET – $166.25 (WITHOUT BASE)
K – TARGET – $449.99
L – TARGET – $499.99
M – TARGET – $500




round up of outdoor decor accessories by West-South

PLANTERS
A – TARGET – $35.49
B – CB2 – $69.95
C – TARGET – $36
D – CB2 – $49.95
E – CB2 – $59.95
F – CB2 – $39.95
G – TARGET – $13.50
H – CB2 – $129
J – TARGET – $10.80
K – CB2 – $39.99

LANTERNS
L – TARGET – $36
M – TARGET – $24
N – WORLD MARKET – $8.00
P – TARGET – $22.50
Q – TARGET – $27
R – TARGET – $22.50
S – WORLD MARKET – $34.99
T – TARGET – $36.00

RUGS
U – WORLD MARKET – $424.99
V – WORLD MARKET – $134.99
W – WORLD MARKET – $119.99
X – CB2 – $499
Y – TARGET – $140
Z – TARGET – $140
AA – TARGET – $160
BB – TARGET – $179.99
CC – TARGET – $140
DD – TARGET – $160




WHOOOOOOO! There we go! All the best Patio and Balcony Ideas I’ve got. All my sources, tips & tricks!

I hope this helped! If you ever need a custom solution or have more questions, let me know! I’m always here to help.



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