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Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Hello! Kylee here today to show you my tiny balcony makeover! When we first bought the townhouse 2 years ago, I was especially excited to have outdoor spaces to grow plants. I have a super tiny backyard and a very small balcony off the main living area on the second floor.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

When my husband Lance and I moved in, I immediately bought the table and chairs for the balcony with high hopes of spending lots of time out there, but the truth is we never really sat outside. The deck just felt so “blah” that I guess we just never felt inspired to be out there.

The deck doesn’t have a great view, so it needed to be inviting enough on its own to beckon us out. This spring I decided that I would try to find ways to make this tiny space a more worthy destination.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Flowers were a must for making sure I enjoyed this space. I found some cute but affordable pots and planted a variety of flowers. Because I can see them all from inside, I usually remember to water them. To water the plants I have to go outside, so having plants to take care of helps a lot in my enjoyment of this space.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

But once I got the plants, I realized I wanted to do something to disguise our red railings around the deck. Not only are my floors cherry hardwood and my couches are red (see the post about our red couches here!) but the exterior of the townhouse (and the deck railing) is also red, so I was tired of seeing so much RED! I needed something a bit more neutral to look at from the inside.

This bamboo fencing not only minimized the red railing, it added a nice tropical vibe to the space (so we can even pretend we’re on vacation, too!). The fencing would also be a great way to add privacy if you have a balcony with open siding. Although, for privacy or covering something unsightly, I would recommend double layering the fencing as the bamboo spacing varies and there are definitely some gaps (as you can see below!).

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Pretty outdoor pillows and a patterned rug went a long way to give the space a little bit more personality. Even with outdoor spaces, it helps to add some personal touches!

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

You may recognize this wine stand as my previous coffee stand (seen in this post). When we got the cart that I’m currently using as our coffee station, we set this rack aside with hope of repurposing it. It fits just perfectly out on the balcony and has been the perfect place to grow the herbs I use in my favorite recipes.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Ever since our little makeover was completed, I have spent quite a few mornings outside savoring my coffee before work. Lance and I have shared a couple of meals and glasses of wine on warm nights. We love looking at it every day and it’s become an extension of our living space.Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

My effort was minimal and budget was low, but it didn’t take much to transform this tiny space. Just because a space is small doesn’t mean that it can’t have a big impact on your home and life.

Thanks for letting me share! Do you have a tiny outdoor space that could use a little update?


Outdoor pillows

Bamboo fencing

Table and chairs

See more of my past posts of my townhouse here!


  1. Leanne

    What a cute space! Love it!

  2. Carol

    What a fabulous makeover! I know it rains often in Seattle. Are you constantly moving the pillows/rug inside & outside. Or do they just get wet & dry off? We have a great two story deck that we never use, partially b/c it’s so hot in the summer & cold in the winter. But that leaves fall & spring!You’ve inspired me to do something!

    • Kylee

      Hi Carol.

      The pillows and rug get wet/dry off pretty well, but I will bring them in during the winter :)

  3. Bonnie Stoltzfoos

    What a cute space! I love the fence idea.. so smart! We just bought our first house (half a duplex) and there is a cute little covered deck… I’m excited to start planning for it after we finish some projects inside. It’s in pretty decent shape but I think an outdoor rug will make a huge difference! I love the one you picked!

  4. Nan, Odessa, DE

    It looks pretty and definitely improved BUT
    I think you need a theme and a color pallpet.
    Add some navy to the existing red and go with red/white/blue. Adding flags, candles, and string some solar stars. Don’t stick your nose up at solar lighting! It adds ambimance at night. Don’t forget winter is coming and you can enjoy lighting additional hours from inside. Add a wreath at Christmas and you have it! I have a veranda that everyone passes through to enter my home. During the fall/winter, I add a red tray to the table with containers filled for s’mores, and a red lantern. Colors still work and so do my solar stars.

    Build on nature and add YELLOW, cushions, sunflowers, lighting of some sort. Now you are ready for ALL seasons. Adding pumpkin and chrysthums for fall, bird nest, bee skep for spring, and a large wreath for Christmas or just snowmen.

    Don’t forget to do a flower box with small trees, boxwood, vine for over the winter. Yes, they will make it if you don’t overwater!

    Today you need a flag, some candles, and lighting! You go girl.

  5. Mary Burchette (Bella Posto)

    You did a great job on your tiny balcony makeover, Kylee! I especially love your idea of the bamboo fencing. I, too, live in a townhome, so I know from experience how challenging some of the spaces can be. And our outdoor space (our backyard patio area) has been the most challenging for me! Your post reminded me that if I add our personality to our patio area, we’ll actually use the space and enjoy it (instead of keeping our kitchen blinds drawn, lol)! Thanks for sharing your ideas! :)

  6. Justina

    I love it! This reminds me of my tiny little balcony!

  7. Jo Jo

    What a cute, sweet outdoor space! I love it! Enjoy! ❤️

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