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How to style a balcony garden

April 15, 2021

Make the most out of your outdoor space with these balcony garden ideas featuring planters, furniture and clever design ideas…

Not all homeowners are blessed with a sprawling garden, but there’s plenty that you can do with a balcony to create an inviting space to lift your mood, relax and get that much-needed dose of vitamin D.

Foldable furniture

Balconies don’t offer an abundance of space so choosing foldable furniture is the easiest way to make the most of a small space. Bistro-style garden dining sets are a great option for balconies – you can make them more comfortable by adding a stylish seat pad and they can easily be stored away in the wintertime.

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Photo: Dobbies

Extend your indoor space

Indoor-outdoor living is a huge trend. Utilise your balcony as an extension of your indoor space by carrying your flooring through to your balcony for a cohesive look. If you own the building and are able to make exterior changes, this floor-to-ceiling Crittall-style partition opens up the entire space, making it feel bigger.

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Photo: Original Style

Create a plant screen

If your balcony is overlooked, consider creating a privacy screen using plants. Pick up a variety of tall, voluminous and hanging plants instead of unsightly, difficult-to-install fence panels. Arrange them around ladders, repurposed clothing rails or tall planters to create a green screen. If your balcony doesn’t get much natural light or is exposed to wind, consider fake plants, like Ikea’s Fejka artificial bamboo, £55, which measure 170cm tall.

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Photo: Ikea

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Isabelle Palmer, founder of, is an expert in small-space gardening. She’s been transforming dinky outdoor and indoor spaces since 2009 and is a font of knowledge. Balcony gardeners should 100% be following her on Instagram!