These days, balconies are about as rare as they come, especially for city-dwellers. But if you count yourself as one of the lucky few who have one, now is a good time as any to start decorating it. After all, as the weather warms, we can't think of a better spot to sit and enjoy a morning cup of joe or watch the sunset.
Unless you're living the luxe life with plenty of square footage to work with, sticking with a minimalist scheme is probably the best bet. Pair a bistro table set with a textured landing pad for your very own cafe-inspired setup, or opt for a streamlined seating situation that's prime for gatherings and lazy Sundays spent outdoors. Either way, read on for the minimalist balcony ideas inspiring us right now.
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1. Stick to one color.
Abiding by a cohesive palette is a foolproof way to master minimalism. Take a cue from this dreamy balcony captured by photographer Julie Soefer and invest in furnishings that belong to a curated color scheme — neutrals or all black are ideal if you're looking for a no-frills finish that can still make an impact.
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2. Warm things up.
Use natural elements like wood and verdant foliage to invite an element of warmth and comfort to a minimalist balcony. This picture-perfect space, by Secret Gardens, does just that, and completes the pared-back look with a single chair and side table.
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3. Combine styles.
Keep the number of pieces on the balcony to a minimum but take an eclectic approach with the decorative aesthetic of each item. For example, take this modern London apartment, where a pair of rattan lounge chairs channel a bohemian vibe while the terrazzo side table invites in a contemporary detail. Together, they form a dynamic scene that's rich in style yet still minimalist.
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4. Go green.
On the list of our favorite minimalist balcony ideas, filling the space with an abundant assortment of greens ranks at the top. To avoid a cluttered finish, spread your plants out around the balcony and opt for similar or complementary planters and pots. Bonus points if you're working with an elongated space, similar to this one in Stockholm.
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5. Embrace color.
A minimalist balcony means you only have so many ways to make a statement, and a colorful bistro set is definitely the way to do it. Ditch the traditional wood finish or rattan in favor of something a bit more saturated and top it off with vibrantly hued accessories, like the cheeky plant situation in the middle of this little vignette.
6. Or, stick to black and white.
This intimate balcony setup is a lesson in mastering minimalism with serious class. Keep things cool and cohesive by sticking to a contemporary black and white scheme full of dramatic contrast. Consider it proof that less is (almost always!) more.
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7. Keep it simple.
If you're looking for minimalist balcony ideas that don't involve pulling out all the stops, a simple table and chair setup is all you really need. Pair the seats with patterned or colorful cushions, for comfort and style, and flank the setup with a handful of potted plants. Effortless style never looked this good.
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8. Keep it open.
Make the transition between the indoors and the balcony a bit more seamless by opting for a design that blends the two spaces. Modern minimalism takes center stage in this Sydney apartment captured by photographer Chris Warnes, where the minimalist balcony serves as an extension of the living room with wood flooring and black wire-frame furnishings.
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