Summer means eating more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, going camping and on road trips, dressing in cool cottons and linens, and generally spending more time outdoors. Residents of apartments in Atlanta are fortunate to enjoy private balconies and patios where you can enjoy an outdoor haven without having to leave your own home. Here’s how to decorate your balcony or patio for optimal enjoyment of the beautiful summer season.
Start With a Small Seating Area
The first thing you’ll need on your patio or balcony is a small, waterproof table designed for outdoor use and some chairs. Choose folding chairs so you can store the ones that you’re not using to save room. Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of colors and styles, so select something that complements your overall design scheme. For instance, if you’re striving for a tropical ambiance, opt for brightly colored tables and chairs with cushions featuring island-inspired patterns. Make sure the cushions are plush and comfortable so that you can spend long hours lazing in your outdoor living space.
Plant Some Plants
No patio or balcony is completely dressed without colorful flowering plants so include as many of these as possible. Hanging baskets brimming with vibrant annuals make a beautiful statement, but you can also fill the baskets with cherry tomato or strawberry plants if you want to get in on the edible landscaping craze. Thanks to Atlanta’s long growing season, you’ll enjoy the baskets well into autumn. Your plantings can also go vertical — your local home and garden retailer has vertical planters for sale, or, if you’re handy, you can make one using recycled pallets. You can use either of these options to create a gorgeous wall of flowers by planting trailing annuals. Petunias, lobelias, and nasturtiums are just a few of the many options available.
If flowers aren’t your thing, plant culinary herbs. Your patio or balcony will smell amazing, and you’ll be able to take your cooking to a whole new level with plenty of fresh herbs on hand
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