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Create an esthetically pleasing balcony

Whether you’re renting in a trendy downtown condo building or an off-campus student apartment in Toronto, you want your place to look nice. While high-rise dwellers don’t have a lawn or porch to care for, you can still gain “curb appeal” by decorating and furnishing your balcony.

Have you ever looked across at a rental apartment and noticed nothing but junk on the balconies — or, simply, nothing at all? Looks a bit sad, right? Expand your living space and create an esthetically pleasing balcony that will make your neighbours jealous.

Just add flowers

One of the easiest ways to create a visually appealing balcony is to add potted plants and flowers. Install flower boxes on the railings so that the plants can grow and hang down, like you see in Europe. You can also have different sized potted plants to add some life and colour to the space.


Even the tiniest of balconies has room for at least a two-seater bistro patio set. A small table with two chairs is enough to enjoy coffee in the morning or drinks in the evening. Paired with the cascading flowers, this will make your balcony look like it was transported directly from Paris. You can go traditional with wrought iron, or practical with a wooden foldable version.

Comfy Couch

While you likely won’t be able to fit a full outdoor living room set on your rental apartment balcony, you can probably fit one or two small-scale pieces. A small outdoor loveseat or chair can fit, as long as it’s not too crowded. Make sure you measure your available space and the furniture before purchasing. You can also add some side tables, so you can set down drinks or books, or display decorative items.

Cut a rug

A lot of apartment balconies are made of cold concrete. While it’s easy to clean, it’s not always easy on the eyes. Improve the look of the floor by adding an outdoor rug. Bring the comfort of your living room outside with a decorative rug designed to withstand the elements. If you don’t want to use a rug, you can put down a temporary surface on top of the concrete, such as removable wood flooring, to add a touch of class and sophistication to your outdoor space.

You don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort just because you rent rather than own your apartment. It’s your home, so take pride in it, enjoy it, and show it off!

Are you looking for a condo for rent, or an apartment or student housing? Visit to find rental apartments in your area. Get your dream balcony to furnish and decorate! Soon, you’ll be sipping lemonade on the patio, enjoying the view.