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How to Turn Your Balcony Into a Private Sanctuary

How I turned my balcony into an urban oasis — step by (easy) step.

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The 21st-century city girl works hard and plays hard. Because of this, she needs a spot to unwind, relax and gather her thoughts at the end of the daily grind. What better place to do that than the balcony of her urban apartment?? A little decor and a few necessities can turn any balcony into a sanctuary fit for a queen.

How to Turn Your Balcony Into a Private Sanctuary

What I did with my balcony. You can do it too – it’s easy!

Here’s a step-by-step account (with photos and links) of how, in one weekend, I transformed the ugliest part of our New York City apartment into my favorite place to hang out:

Green It Up

There are many aesthetic and psychological reasons to use a lot of green in your relaxation area. Settings with a lot of green reduce ADHD symptoms and help people concentrate better. In fact, studies have shown that glimpses of green enhanced overall creativity. Green also promotes balance, as it is the color at the center of the color spectrum.

The more natural-looking green in your visual radius, the more your brain will place you in a state of relaxation and contentment.

How to Turn Your Balcony Into a Private Sanctuary

With the ivy already up, we rolled out the artificial grass — what a difference!

Here are four great ways to green up your patio and turn it into a tropical paradise:

  1. Carpet the floor of your patio with realistic-looking faux grass, which will trick your mind into thinking you’re in a park.
  2. Cover your walls and railings with this weather-resistant faux ivy privacy screens to give you – yup – privacy (imagine that — in the city!!) and green up the walls.
  3. Try adding more coverage, making it look more lush and real, by layering it with other faux vines and faux flowering vines.
  4. Add a few tropical silk potted plants, particularly those that contain faux flowers and a couple of faux trees. We prefer the tropical style, like this 4.5-foot faux tree and this faux banana tree, but you could also opt for English garden style, like this rosemary spiral tree and this boxwood tree, but make sure to stick them in a nice pot.
How to Turn Your Balcony Into a Private Sanctuary

More faux ivy to layer over the ivy privacy screens

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 146 Comments

  1. Are you doing this as a side job?? You can definitely do my balcony! 😀

  2. Love the new balcony decor…it’s super creative to take an urban space and transform it into your own mini outdoor oasis. When I get my first apartment, I’ll definitely keep this in mind. (And share with my NYC friends!)

  3. Christine Muchoe

    I’m so jealous! It looks amazing, especially with the lights. I wish I had a balcony to do this with!

  4. …or you could just move to LA and have a backyard for the same $$. Just sayin’, honey. 😉

    • Gabrielle Williams

      Who wouldn’t want to have that option open? 🙂

  5. wow, that’s so cool! i never pictured a balcony in NYC with so much greenery. Low maintenance too. I may have to find someone on taskrabbit to hook that up. Summer party, here we come!

  6. Gorgeous! Please publish more DIY articles. I love how you link to where we can buy each thing you used, too. Makes it so much easier!

  7. OMG you are so talented! I love the before and after – such a difference! I’m going to share this with my friends who have balconies and order some new cushions for my patio furniture ASAP. (Love the fabric you chose and those cushions look super high-end).

  8. Gabrielle Williams

    Fantastic transformation, Hilary! Thank you very much for sharing your ideas!

    There are also some areas in my house that I would like to change or improve but most of the time, I’m having a hard time, I don’t know where and how to start.

  9. This is amazing, Hilary! You make it sound so easy as well. I’m certain we won’t have a difficult time doing this DIY project. I have some areas around the house I want to improve as well. Thanks for the ideas 😀

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