Nothing satisfies quite like prepping the porch or balcony – even a tiny balcony – once the warm weather arrives. Create your own personal oasis by treating your outdoors with the same attention as you would indoors. Cart out the pillows, the blankets, the quirky statue you picked up last summer at that antique fair! You got this. And don’t you worry, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some DIY small patio ideas on a budget.
This porch is as carefully considered as a living room – key when decorating the outdoors. Kay Volmar of Once Upon a 1912 positioned the rattan set to encourage conversation – or to lounge on the couch with a book. String lights, a rattan chandelier, gauzy curtains and potted plants add texture and ambience.
Trendy lightweight Acapulco chairs inject colour (they’re available in vivid rainbow hues) and personality onto your front porch or balcony. Steal this look by using a wicker stool as a table. To anchor the vignette, throw down a boho rug. Done.
Get Some Hang-Ups
Tiny balconies still offer plenty of decor possibilities. Hang a motley of potted plants. The more the merrier. Pro tip: mix up the colours and pots – there are no rules!
Writing’s on the Wall
Janna, the designer behind Yellow Prairie Interior Design, went with a relaxed, layered approach and the results are gorgeous! The trick here is to mix it up. Bring out the pillows, throw in a blanket, a birdhouse (why not?), potted flowers – anything that catches your fancy. And who says the door mat should be restricted to the front door? Also, hanging up a chalkboard is totally clever – get the kids to change up the sign.
You know how some potted plants look ho-hum and others fabulous? It’s all about intention, as this sophisticated porch by designer Chrissie Haim illustrates. When shopping for vases, think symmetry, which is always pleasing to the eye. Keep your plants healthy and well cared for. To create drama, play around with your plants’ height. Layer in other decorating accessories, such as a mat – or two! And adorable dog statues are always a good idea.
Take a Seat
Two things you can do right now to warm up your balcony: lay down flooring, add stools. We like this rope-seated one from IKEA that’s made of Acacia wood.
Transform your porch from basic to bold with paint, like the Scott’s Vacation House Rules team did here. Blue is a dramatic choice that works especially well with dark furniture. The eye is drawn to dark colours, so be sure to add an array of appealing potted flowers.
While we’re loving this petite rattan sofa set from Wayfair, the beautiful bird-patterned rug brings another dimension to this porch.
Oooh, so you can lay down a mat, a rug and a jaunty plant and you’ve reached porch nirvana? Cool. But seriously, this welcoming entryway works because the decking is well maintained and that door and siding are spiffy. Hint: do a thorough spring clean before accessorizing. Both the lovely cotton summer rug and cheeky mat are from Urban Barn.
Coffee for Two
A petunia on its own is nice and everything, but with company it’s absolutely divine. This dazzling explosion care of Robbie over at Home Hydrangea showcases blooms in technicolor splendour. The pink petunias are joined by sweet broom (the flowers with the yellow petals to the left) and those fellows in the foreground are Euryops. Hello spring.
Don’t discard those basic chairs just yet. Adorn them with faux sheepskin and pillows for extra coziness on cooler nights, like the Love It or List It Vacation Homes team did here.
A neon coral door and a pair of Acapulco chairs, plus cedar decking for privacy is oh-so cool and inviting on this mid-mod home.