Right now, balcony décor is one of the hottest trends in apartment and condo home design. From privacy panels to pergolas to plants and more, 2022 is already shaping up to be the year of the balcony. So, reclaim your outdoor space and make it magnificent with these inspiring balcony décor ideas.
It used to be that most people only ever used their balconies for extra storage, but that's no longer the case. These days, people are transforming their would-be ordinary balconies into stunning spaces that are not only beautiful but versatile too.
By adding décor to your balcony, you can create an entirely different mood, and with the right balcony furniture, you can increase the usability of the space while increasing its aesthetic at the same time.
There are countless options for decorating your balcony, but there are some clear trends that are emerging in balcony décor for apartments and condos in 2022. Storage space, furniture that saves space, and privacy features are leading the pack this year, but classic design features such as plants and unique lighting are certainly still as awesome as ever.
In this article, we’ll look at all of the latest and greatest apartment balcony décor trends in 2022. We’ll also offer a few handy tips and tricks on how to use these items to maximize the space on your balcony while also increasing your comfort and privacy.
Keep reading to learn the top 10 balcony décor ideas for your apartment or condo.
Pergolas are definitely trending this year, and it’s easy to see why. For those who don’t know what Pergolas are, they are two- or three-sided privacy shelters that allow you to essentially turn your balcony into another room. You can open and close each side of the pergola at any time so that you can have privacy when you want it and enjoy speaking with neighbors or admiring your view at other times. Available in various shapes, sizes, and colors, you’ll definitely be able to find the perfect pergola to suit your tastes and needs.
Plants and Trees
Plants, trees, shrubs, basically any and all greenery is on trend this year. All balconies, terraces, and even solariums look their best when they have some plants, and when done correctly, this can help you create a space that feels more like a garden or enchanted forest rather than an urban balcony.
Plants and trees also offer you some privacy as they can block the spying eyes of neighbors. Plus, the options are endless when it comes to picking out plants for your balcony, so look online and find some that you love; you won't regret it. Who knows? You might even wake up one day to find a bird's nest on your balcony - this has been known to happen on occasion.
Deck boxes, like balcony sheds, allow you to store things on your balcony while protecting them from the elements. However, deck boxes take up much less space than balcony sheds, and so if space is at a premium on your balcony, but you still want to make the space more functional, consider purchasing a deck box for your apartment or condo balcony this year. With various designs available, a deck box can compliment just about any design motif, regardless of the surrounding furniture or décor.
Balcony sheds have been around for a while now, and they are probably the best way to add versatility to your balcony. Let's face it: apartments and condos these days aren't always gigantic, and oftentimes, storage space is at a premium. The problem with leaving things on your balcony is that they can blow away in the wind or deteriorate due to being left exposed to the elements; that's where a balcony shed comes in handy. By storing your equipment in your balcony shed, you can keep it safe, protect it from nature, and clear some of the clutter out of your closets.
For decades now, most balconies have suffered from one fatal design flaw, which is that they don't offer very much privacy. The people in adjacent buildings and on neighboring balconies can usually see everything happening on your balcony, and so it can sometimes be difficult to feel truly comfortable. Thankfully people have started to discover balcony privacy panels.
Privacy panels allow you to enjoy your balcony without being watched by other people so that you can enjoy the view, without being the view. There are tons of different options available on the market, so be sure to select something that you’ll enjoy looking at often, when in doubt, white, black, and wood tones are always a great way to go.
Smart lighting has been all the craze in balcony design trends for the past few years now, and this is certainly a trend that will continue into 2022 and well beyond. Color-changing light strips are one of the biggest upgrades you can add to your balcony. Being able to change the color of your balcony allows you to set the perfect mood every time you step outside and can truly make your balcony feel like it reflects your own unique mood and personality.
Best of all, most led light strips these days can be connected to a virtual assistant such as Amazon's Alexa, Apples Siri, or Google Assistant, allowing you to change the color of your balcony lighting just by using natural voice commands or via an app on your phone, desktop, or tablet.
Because space is usually so limited on apartment and condo balconies, setting up a normal table can dramatically chew up your usable space, making your balcony feel small and cramped. However, more and more people are now using foldable camp tables that can be set up and dismantled in only a few seconds.
With a camp table on your balcony, you can host guests or sit outside whenever you need to, but you can also use your balcony space in other ways when you don't need a table. Camp tables are available in all sorts of different designs, so be sure to pick something that matches your own unique taste and style.
Wall décor has always been one of the cornerstones of balcony décor, and these days, even more so. From clocks to mirrors to sconces and wall-art, just about anything you put up on your balcony walls will instantly inject personality, character, and charm, making the space feel more like another living room, rather than just a utility space for storing stuff. The trick is to make sure your balcony walls aren't too busy, though; otherwise, the balcony could feel crowded and claustrophobic – a few nice pieces will work wonders.
Outdoor Folding Chairs
Like camp tables, outdoor folding chairs are a great way to increase the usability of your balcony without restricting yourself to a particular design. Putting large, cumbersome chairs out on your balcony will definitely shrink the space, making your balcony feel small and cramped.
However, outdoor folding chairs can be opened when you need them and closed when you don't so that your balcony will never feel cramped, but you'll always have a comfortable place to sit when you want to. There are tons of different outdoor folding chairs on the market, so again, choose a design you love that you'll enjoy sitting in for many years to come.
Interlocking Deck Tiles
Finally, the floor of most apartment and condo balconies is made of a terribly boring concrete slab that couldn’t possibly be any less inspiring. One of the biggest upgrades you could add to your balcony is to add interlocking deck tiles. Interlocking deck tiles snap together easily and can transform the floor of your balcony into a beautiful-looking wooden deck.
In addition, to the comfy feeling you'll have when you step out onto your new deck, you’ll also be able to dismantle the tiles if you ever need to move, and they can always be repurposed in your new home to enhance another balcony, deck, or garage floor in the future.
Make Your Balcony the Star of the Show in 2022
The days of having to use your balcony as just another storage space is thankfully behind us. More and more people are now transforming their balconies into stunning showcases and centerpieces, and you can do it too. By adding privacy features, such as privacy panels, pergolas, and plants, along with storage from a shed or deck box, some smart LED lighting, and some interlocking deck tiles, you can make your balcony the best room in your apartment or condo in 2022.