A person's outdoor space, no matter how big or little, is supposed to be a source of comfort and retreat. A place to wind down, breathe, and enjoy the tropical Maui breeze and sunshine.
Even if you have a 2-foot deep balcony, you still deserve to feel at home in your outdoor space. The truth is, with the right guidance and effort, you can make any outside area into an inviting hideaway regardless of its size. Continue reading for six of our favorite tips on how to create an outdoor oasis with a tiny space.
Green Thumb Goals
Even with a tiny balcony or outdoor space, you can still create a garden of your very own. Growing lovely flowers and summer veggies can become possible with flower boxes or vertical wall gardens that you can stack together to create a privacy barrier. This is an easily DIYable project that just takes some lattice, plastic garden boxes, some soil, and a watering pot.
Mood Lighting: Check!
Hang some string lights to brighten up your area. Nothing feels more cozy and ethereal than sitting in a quaint outdoor area with some beautiful dim lighting to set the mood. You’ll instantly feel like you’re in a movie or romantic novel.
Pro Tip: If you don't have access to an outside outlet, try constructing a pole-mounted light source out of electric wiring or recycling an extension wire from your house.
Swing Your Problems Away
A swing chair adds effortless style all while being a convenient way to add more seating. The chair can easily be a focal point to any outdoor area by adding some colorful pillows or a fresh coat of paint. You can live out your front porch swing dreams right on top of your balcony.
The (Less) The Merrier
It may be difficult to create a magical patio in a small space, but it is achievable! A bare patio can be transformed into an elegant and beautiful outdoor retreat with the proper furnishings. Remember to keep things simple. You may feel the urge to fill your space with more decor to make up for the lack of room, but you must resist. Instead, find pieces that are custom to your space and do research into what would make the most for your type of balcony or patio. Something like a big piece of art or metal bistro table with a fresh coat of paint may be your ticket to nailing the entire thing.
Outdoor rugs can be one smart solution for a space in need of color or style. Rugs can also work wonders for creating a completely new space no matter the area you’re working with.
It’s Fun, It’s Functional, It’s Space-Saving Furniture
One of our favorite ways to create dual-purpose designs is by opting for pieces that offer secret storage options. This is especially useful for people living in humid climates, like Hawaii, who want to store things like pillows or outdoor blankets so they are not exposed to the elements 24/7. Think of going for a bench seat that opens up, a side table with hidden drawers, a coffee table that has a removable top, or even a storage ottoman that doubles as more seating. If you have a difficult time finding the perfect pieces, you can also use foldable furniture like tables and chairs that can easily be collapsed and stored to open up space.