Your condo's balcony may not be much to look at if you've neglected it over the years or if your complex has never done much to give it a personalized look. You might even find that you don't enjoy spending time out on the balcony because it looks so dull, but with a few simple touches, it may become the outdoor oasis you've always wanted. Note a few ways you can add style to your condo's balcony, and remember to always consider safety when working at an elevated height and any restrictions you face from the condo complex as well.
1. Upgrade the railing
If allowed, upgrade the balustrade or railing and the balusters or bars under the railing. Don't settle for simple, plain metal bars and a thin rail that may have been installed during construction. Choose a thick wood balustrade with scrolling iron bars as balusters, or add an oversized railing of your favorite material with glass panels instead of balusters. For an industrial look, choose stainless steel or wires for the pieces, or opt for a thick wire mesh if you need to block out some harsh sunlight.
If your balcony seems dull, plants are usually the answer. Have flowerboxes installed along the balustrade or invest in plant stands so you can add lush greenery and even flowering plants in every corner. This can soften the look of your balcony, especially if you live in the city and want a more natural feeling when outside.
Even if you bring in furniture for your balcony, it may seem a bit dull if you don't add color. Opt for brightly colored toss pillows for the seating and a tablecloth in a bold color for use over your patio table. If you have space for an umbrella, choose something in a fun, striped design rather than a dull white or grey.
To make your balcony more welcoming at all hours of the day, add lighting. You can usually install string lights or Christmas lights around the balustrade of your balcony or, if there is already a porch light installed, upgrade this to something oversized and more noticeable. Paper lanterns can be put in a corner or rounded lanterns strung overhead, from one side to another. If safe, bring in candles you can put on the table or on the ground around the balcony for a soft glow that makes the space warm and welcoming.