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When it comes to warm-weather decorating, the first thing you might think of is adding new throw pillows to your living room sofa, placing a colorful rug in your entry or swapping out the drab art in your bedroom for a beachy print. While these are all great starting points, there’s one important space that you shouldn’t overlook — your balcony.

Of course, figuring out the best decor and layout for your balcony is far from easy. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 20 inspiring balcony ideas that’ll help you make the most of your space, furniture choices, accessories and more.

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Statement Umbrella

If a beach getaway isn’t on your calendar in the near future, a personality-packed umbrella is the next best thing. Balance the bold color with furniture in warm wood tones.

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Inviting Accessories

Styling is key to any design scheme, especially a cozy balcony. Add visual interest to your area with a pair of striking chairs and a well-curated collection of plants and floral arrangements.

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Foldable Furniture

Don’t stress if your balcony has limited square footage. Foldable furniture, which is great for enjoying meals or lounging, is the best way to make the most of your space.

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Shades of Orange

It’s okay to practice a bit of restraint when it comes to outdoor furniture. But to prevent a minimalist look from feeling too stark, pepper in colorful seating (you can’t go wrong with orange).

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Outdoor Reading Nook

Even the smallest balcony can become your own personal reading section by adding a comfy pouf for sitting and a table to hold your tea.

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All Green

Embrace the beauty of nature by opting for chic furniture in shades of green — the perfect complement to an assortment of potted plants.

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Go Bold

If you love nothing more than a daring shade, go for all-red furniture. Stick to a relaxed vibe by choosing a set that has a table with wheels and durable benches.

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Globe Lights

Play up your balcony’s casual feel by enveloping it in globe lights. Select a colorful design that will pop against your railings and match the rest of your decor.

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Outdoor Swing

Take in the pretty view with an outdoor swing, complete with a comfy cushion that’s meant for lounging.

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Natural Textures

Set off a wood balcony with wicker furniture, outfitted with bright white cushions for an inviting look.

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Vary Table Styles

Introduce a mix of outdoor tables for added convenience. A bistro design is ideal for chatting over beverages, while a larger style works for dining or even working al fresco.

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Layer Pillows

Looking for a simple way to upgrade an outdoor sofa? Combine decorative pillows in different colors and shapes to create an eye-catching look.

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Garden Stool Cooler

When working with a small space, sometimes you have to think outside of the box. The perfect example? Place frozen water balloons inside of a garden stool, so drinks can be ready to go all summer long. Bonus: They will melt slower than standard ice cubes.

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Pops of Pink

Liven up even the smallest of patios with a bright pink furniture set and a trio of floral arrangements in the same color family.

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Portable Bar Cart

Turn a traditional utility cart into a fun drink station with glassware, utensils, and a pitcher full of your favorite warm-weather beverage.

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Wood Furniture

Less is more, right? Go for an understated yet chic look with simple wood bar stools and a matching side table.

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Swing Chair

Thanks to a woven swing chair and playful globe lights, you can transform your balcony into a relaxing oasis.

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Brick Accent Wall

Let your balcony’s brick wall steal the show by enhancing it with an energetic pillow, throw and lantern. Don’t forget the greenery!

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Stylish Sectional

Take a cue from your home’s interiors, and place a comfortable sectional on your balcony. Light-colored upholstery can keep the space from feeling cluttered.

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Plants Galore

Any balcony can benefit from plants. Mix your favorites to display on shelves and spruce up your floor, and don’t be afraid to choose trailing varieties for a bit of drama.

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