Beauty Is With The Beholder And So Are These Gorgeous, Elegant Outdoor Balcony Furniture Designs

by Charmaine Kenita | February 5, 2024 | 7 mins read

Outdoor balcony furniture design ideas for your home

Balconies can be done in myriad ways with versatile themes. They provide a canvas to play around with for a dreamy outdoor setting.

Style and elegance are subjective, always in the eyes of the beholder. Something that is minimalist may be stylish for one, but another that’s rustic may be loved by another. They are perceived in so many ways. It is important to understand what elegant outdoor balcony furniture can do and how we can stylise them.

Balconies have been a quintessential part of Indian homes for decades. Large houses with front porches and open verandahs where children played, and grandparents sat around was what we’ve seen growing up. There was a certain charm and quiet elegance to them.

Also called patios, the best balconies were not expensively done. Even now they can be cheap but have a unique versatility. They can be front facing or surrounding the house, limited to one floor or cover several. What sets balconies apart is how much of your persona you want in them. How will you fit design and your needs into balcony seating, furniture and accessories. Some of these questions are important especially as you consider the design of outdoor balconies and the furniture you want it to hold.

Everything is tried and tested in balconies. Often it’s limited to seating, tables and potted greens. Do you want to go beyond this? Then come on over and read our ideas that inject elegance into outdoor balcony furniture.

Cushion Up The Cosiness

Soft, plush furniture is often what we choose for our living room interiors and lounge pieces. Rarely considered, they also work well as balcony furniture. Great to sink into, lounge around, spend days working and more, they can be comfortable. Take special care to keep them away from the vagaries of weather. They afford the option to try different colours and materials during upholstering.

Outdoor balcony soft furniture design by using cushion up the cosiness
Soft furniture you can sink into, makes for great balcony seating and is also great for entertaining
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Pastel Shades Are Pretty For Outdoor Balcony Furniture

Brown, greens, whites are so passe. Ever tried to get into colours that totally walk away from the traditional? Cheer up your house balcony with light, eye soothing colours that can be painted upon the chair and tables, large pots, boundary walls in a colour coordinated, peach, beige or icy blue scheme. Contrary to what is traditionally done, colours are soothing and especially in a place where you will inadvertently spend such a large portion of your time.

Also Read: Balcony Chair And Table Design Ideas

Outdoor balcony furniture design with light, eye soothing colours like brown, greens, whites
Pale greens, lemon yellows are soothing and comforting, in spaces meant to wind down a long day

Subtle, Thy Name is Rattan

Rattan spells elegance, not just in the way it looks but the way it is woven. Circular or oval, intricate yet subtly so the material can make any space look plush. In balconies, they may be space occupying but are enough by themselves. Cushion them up, create interest with greens and you’ll feel like living on your balcony forever.

Balcony furniture design ideas with rattan furniture, it brings classical look in balconies
Intricately carved, rattan furniture brings together functionality and weave as an ode to handcrafted
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Hanging Around Stylishly

Hanging gardens are a thing. Swings and hammocks are popular, especially when you can take your seating to another level. Amplify this even more by hanging decor. Pendant lights, hanging baskets with potted plants, trellis and plants spilling over, there is so much you can play with. There’s a beauty in having such a design, and a detachment from having the floors bare and beautiful.

Swings and hammocks are popular for elegant outdoor balcony furniture
A gorgeously green balcony space that has pots and trellis spread all over

Channeling The Blues

Sunshine and yellows. It is easy to capture all of this through colour, design and decor. But this can also become monotonous. To avoid the sun trap your balcony can become, create shades with blue matting or parasols. You can also cool down the weather with soothing sea-themed curtains. Choose cool colours of the spectrum to calm those nerves. Be purposeful with your design.

Outdoor balcony furniture design channeling with blues
Whites and blues, not the depressed kinds for this hammock in the balcony

Styling In Scandinavian

Soft warm rugs, a hint of greys, salvaged or used wood seating, white lanterns on the floor and tables, and neutral soothing colors. Scandinavian themes are elegant and  functional. Besides if you’re unable to apply this for your interiors, a small exterior space works just as well.

Balcony seating furniture with scandinavian themes are elegant and functional for balcony furniture
Chic white, set against soothing colours and design are what make Scandi design so coveted

Embrace Natural Textures With Outdoor Balcony Furniture

Earth, ash, foliage, trees. As much as they’re done to death, there’s a queer visual that gets you an ensemble with different elements together. It is like living in log cabins and using what’s available. Coconut shell candle stands, brambles and bushes, latticed walls and wicker chairs. There’s a quiet elegance that beauty that is understated and not over-the-top.

Outdoor balcony furniture with natural, earthy colours and frames
Rough hewn, raw, and recycled defines natural, earthy colours and frames
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Minimalist Space Saving Outdoor Balcony Furniture

Beauty isn’t just in super flowing spaces, but absolutely minimalist ones. Take this theme and apply it and see how it transforms your balcony and overall mood. Clutterfree spaces are stress-free, simple, and contemporary. The idea behind the leanness is to have only furniture that you’ll need. A space that you come back to unwind. Simple silhouettes, basic furnishings and you’re all set.

Space saving outdoor balcony furniture with cane chair and a wall hanging for small space balcony
Gorgeous cane chair and a wall hanging are only two elements of this wonderfully, clean, minimal balcony space

Wrought Iron Elegance

Wrought iron is ageless. There was a time when large balconies were filled to the brim with families. Today they offer peace and nostalgia to secluded homes. This timeless material has weathered the test of time. Curved lines, earthy colours and all-weather looks are just too hard to ignore for contemporary elegance.

Wrought iron outdoor balcony furniture brings elegant look
Pretty white aged wrought iron furniture creating a picture-perfect timelessness

Circular Classic Appeal

Curved lines, a play of shapes, interesting highlights, all spell a classic appeal. As functional as balcony furniture is, compromising on design defeats the purpose of space. Besides there’s so much to play with. Go circular, find interesting structures, include ergonomics in seating. Explore possibilities that home furniture design otherwise limits.

Circular cane balcony furniture design gives elegant and classic look in your balcony space
Circular cane furniture is classic, timeless and lends an element of quirk to this balcony space

Patterns At Play With Your Outdoor Balcony Furniture

Geometric, zebra prints, coloured patterns, busy and bright. A tricky design for your home balcony but interesting nevertheless. There’s a line to draw that never goes overboard but also must never underwhelm. Patterns can be in the furnishings, as simple or as complex as required. Always begin with a single pattern on a rug, then add cushions and throws in different patterned styles.

Outdoor balcony furniture design with coloured patterns in your balcony design
So bright, colourful and contrasting are the play of colors in this patterned balcony design

Playing With The Floor

Balconies do not have to be just about the look created at the top. Floors are a great space to experiment. After care has been taken to shade the space, drape a nice thick rug on the floor, spread cushions around, a few money plants, some books and the space cosies up. An idea that has minimal spending but is lovely nevertheless.

Also Read: Balcony Flooring Ideas For Your Home

Balcony floor furniture design with rugs, carpets and drapes to your balcony floors
Rugs, carpets, colour, green, balcony floors are a canvas to keep everything cozy and neat
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Elegance of a balcony and its seating options is beyond just the look and feel. It’s also being experimental with what you can do in limited space available. Interiors of homes afford a design palette limited by the function of each room. In balcony seating the world is your oyster. Expand the space visually without compromising on fun and aesthetics.

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Charmaine Kenita is a content writer at Design Cafe home interiors blog.

Charmaine Kenita

Charmaine Kenita is a content strategist, editor, marketer, & doctor. A professional storywriter providing content across various verticals, she searches for metaphors in everyday experiences connecting ideas and thoughts across industries. She mentors startups & women entrepreneurs, and works with NGOs in the handloom sector.

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