Days are getting warmer and it’s time to start planning those lovely mornings, afternoons, and evenings on the balcony or in the backyard. A cozy private outdoor space, no matter how small or big, will surely increase your dopamine and serotonin levels and help you get more vitamin D. The cozier it is outside, the more time we’ll spend out there.
We’ve collected 5 great ideas on how to turn your balcony, patio, or backyard into the ultimate cozy oasis and get all the benefits of having personal outdoor space.
#1 Grow and decorate with plants and herbs
Plants will bring your balcony or backyard closer to nature and will instantly make your outdoor space more pleasing to the eyes and therefore to the mind. You can grow your own food, be it herbs or veggies even on a small balcony. Urban and vertical gardening is getting more popular and there’s no reason for you to lag behind the trend.
Did you know that you can grow specific plants to protect you from mosquitos or others to help the bees?
If you’d like to help the bees and meanwhile become a better chef, grow chives, rosemary, lavender, oregano, and thyme on your balcony. These are all super bee-friendly herbs. If you have a bee sting allergy, however, make sure you keep them away from your garden and bet on cacti, aloe vera, and sansevieria instead.
If you’d like to keep mosquitos away so that you can drink your Margarita worry-free, grow basil, marigold, peppermint, citronella, or lemon balm. All these will repel mosquitoes and let you enjoy the warmer nights on your balcony or in the backyard.
Bonus tip: make sure all the pots are well attached to your balcony so that they’re all safe even in windy weather.
#2 Make your outdoor space comfortable with the right choice of seating furniture and cushions
A comfortable seating area is essential for any balcony, patio, or backyard that pretends to be cozy. Even if you don’t have space for a hammock and have a small area to work with instead, don’t worry. You can still make it comfortable, welcoming, and cozy and recreate these lovely chill-out vibes you are dreaming of.
If you are short on space you can also choose furniture and home decor items that can be used both indoors and outdoors. Don’t you love home decor items doing double duty? Think poufs, ottomans, and floor cushions. In this case, however, make sure to pick cushions, pillows, and home decor items with removable and washable covers so that taking care of them is a bit easier. Don’t forget to keep them inside in bad weather, since most of the cushions available on the market, our wool-filled cushions included, need to be protected from water and heavy rain.
If space is not a problem for you and you’re lucky to have a large balcony, patio, or backyard, you can enjoy even more versatile outdoor leisure furniture and home decor pieces.
Bonus tip: Night temperatures can fall even in the summer. Be prepared to stay under the stars even when temperatures drop. A soft throw or a wool blanket will not only keep you warm while you’re stargazing but will also make your space look much cozier when styled with style.
#3 Add a small table
Adding a small table is the next step to make your balcony, patio, or backyard as cozy as it needs to be. At the end of the day, how are you going to enjoy your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or evening cocktails if you do not have a small cute table by your side? Always bet on a table that can be folded and stored inside if needed. Speaking of double duty, you can even get a pouf ottoman and top it with a tray. There you have it: a side table and extra seating when needed.
#4 Light it up
Just like natural sunlight lifts your mood during the day, string lights, lanterns, and candles lift it up during the night. So don’t hesitate to add some outdoor solar string light garlands or some beautiful lanterns to light up the atmosphere on your balcony or backyard.
#5 Add some shade to get yourself prepared for slight rain and hot summer days
There’s nothing better than bad weather, a popular saying goes. Your best move would be to embrace bad weather. Who says you can’t enjoy a slight rain or even a hot sunny afternoon on your balcony? As soon as you’re prepared with a patio umbrella you will be perfectly safe.
Rumor has it that your balcony will be the star of the upcoming warmer season. Now is the time to start planning on how to make it cozier and a place worth staying at least until the moment all the other places worth going are open for visitors.