Now that we can all start gathering again, it’s time to create the best space you can for casual get-togethers, drop-ins, and — if not especially — balcony hangs. You already know that the views from 1133 Hope balconies are some of the best in DTLA. With summer here, it’s time to make those outdoor rooms the place where everyone wants to be. Here are six decor ideas and space-saving tips, from furniture to planters and more.
Bring Some Life Into It
While the balconies are generously sized, you still might not want to give up too much space for greenery. After all, you’ll need room for seating, tables and even a bar cart (more on that later). One way to add plant life to your patio is with decorative wall planters and hanging planters. Fill them with succulents (real or faux) or fresh herbs for summer cocktails. Just remember you’ll need ones with drainage holes for the live plants. We love these on Etsy, too.
One way to add some color and pizzazz to the balcony is with outdoor rugs or non-permanent floor tiles. Choose geometric prints, or a Moroccan design, anything to make it feel cozy. Peel-and-stick is the way to go for a quick upgrade. This decking from Ikea is also great. If you want to go the rug route, Ruggable has a great selection of stylish outdoor rugs that are machine washable.
Choose Furniture Wisely
To maximize space, think about garden stools that can do double duty as a table or extra seat when extra company shows up. Make sure it’s appropriate for the elements because it does occasionally rain here, but the sun and dry air can also weather furniture. Ceramic, wood, rattan — there are so many to choose from. You can also use side nesting tables to save space. Flloor pillows and poufs are great because they’re easy to transport inside and outside. It’s instant seating for guests, and a giant pillow fort (we get you, we really, really do) when you’re hanging out solo. And they can also double as a spot for trays or even storage. West Elm has so many great pouf options in a variety of colors and textures.
Dinner or Drinks for Two?
Keep it intimate with a small table and a couple of chairs for a friendly or romantic dinner (or breakfast or lunch) for two. When things get really cozy, a small loveseat is ideal. This rattan all-weather version from Pottery Barn would look great on a 1133 Hope balcony. Make it your own with colorful throws and pillows.
Bring the Bar Outside
We are entering the season of entertaining! A great bar cart makes cocktail hour on the balcony super easy, and you won’t have to waste time going in and out for bartending duty. Or get a retro drink cooler to keep everything super chilled — just like you!
And Finally: Light It Up!
Even with the glistening lights of the DTLA skyline as your backdrop, balcony lighting is super important. Strands of Edison bulbs or cool outdoor light fixtures are the way to go.