Lifestyle & Design

How to Decorate an Urban Terrace

How to Decorate an Urban Terrace Expand options

Having an outdoor space in the middle of a city is a rare and refreshing joy. If you’re wondering how to decorate an urban terrace or balcony, it might be overwhelming to figure out where you should begin.

Your outdoor area doesn’t have to remain blank. It’s an extension of your apartment, and it offers more space for you to relax. There are a few key things you can add to your balcony to make it pop and invite you to lounge for hours. 

 A front view of flowers and plants on a terrace


Sit back and relax

Finding fun and comfortable seating that makes you want to spend time in your outdoor space is crucial. You can even create your own cushions or find textiles that make your furniture softer and more pleasant so you can spend all day kicking back in the sunshine. 

A woman sitting with her feet up in the balcony


Make it private

One of the beauties of having your own outdoor space is the privacy it offers. However, there are measures you can take to ensure your private time is truly your own. If you’re close to neighbors or in full view of passersby, you can find outdoor curtains, covers and shades to make you a bit more secluded and comfortable. 

When it comes to your home itself, it’s also important to have an exterior door to help with privacy as well as insulation from the outdoors. This way, both your apartment and your balcony are secluded.

Keep it safe

A balcony can be a perfect way to get fresh air from the comfort of your home, but make sure to keep it safe for all occupants—pets included. 

There are different precautions to consider when letting your furry companion out on your balcony, and railing safety is the biggest one.

Potential pet-proofing solutions include attaching plexi-panels, heavy-duty porch guard, netting or a screen material to the railing to eliminate accidents.

Go green 

A terrace with a dinning table and lots of plants


One of the best ways to make your outdoor space feel even more outdoorsy is to decorate it with plants. They can boost your mood, and greenery can be sparse in urban environments, so it’ll serve as a refreshing change. You can hang them, line the ground or even plant a miniature garden on your terrace. They’ll never go out of style, and will give you something to nurture day after day. 

Keep it covered

Sure, sunshine is a blessing, but you can’t bake in direct light all day long. Plus, it’d be great to enjoy the weather up close on a rainy day. Shade and coverage is a must if your terrace doesn’t already have it. An umbrella set or awning can let you enjoy your patio all day long, no matter the weather. 

Light it up

Using lighting as decoration combines function and aesthetics for the ultimate win-win situation. If you need lighting in your space—make it delightful. Set the mood with string lights, hanging candles and rock salt lamps. There’s no end to the possibilities. 

Enjoy the outdoors

Your terrace is a space built for you to enjoy, so it should work for you. No matter how you choose to execute the details, your outdoor space will shine with your personal touch and provide a bit of peace in your urban life. 


Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more!

Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!

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