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​6 Ways Of Sprucing Up That Small Terrace

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London Modern Garden by Cue & Co of London Modern
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Whether it’s a tiny terrace, a small balcony, or a modest little courtyard adjoining your flat, we all deserve an exterior spot where we can relish in some fresh air, open sunlight, and perhaps a few potted plants. But just because that terrace is barely bigger than your shower does not mean it has to look cluttered and ugly – on the contrary, a small terrace can look most stylish and aesthetically pleasing for half the work and effort it would take to spruce up a spacious one.

And, of course, keeping it maintained and clean is much easier too!

Here are some stylish suggestions…

1. Use the wall

If your terrace is nothing more than a slim and elongated little space, you’re going to want to save some legroom for walking and moving. But don’t throw out that décor wish list just yet!

A wall-mounted surface, such as a floating shelf, instantly offers you a spot to place some decorative elements while leaving the floor open. And if you’re really clever, you can even copy what our designers did in our example above: moving in some stools underneath that bar-like spot to leave ample room and avoid the cluttered look.

2. Add a pergola

Think about it: the only floor space that a pergola really takes up is for the four poles. Thus, if your space is so limited that you can’t spare some legroom for a wooden deck, then simply opt for the poles and covered top, and you instantly have a stylish pergola structure in your courtyard/terrace. 

What décor shall we add underneath? Some throw-pillows and a beanbag? A modest little dining set? How about hanging up a few lanterns and a hammock?

3. A rooftop paradise

If your residence is located a couple of storeys above ground, yet you have a balcony/terrace you can call your own, then you have simply no excuse!

A lounger or two, an umbrella, a few potted plants, a side table – and there you have your very own rooftop spot to enjoy in sunny peace.

4. Some wooden panelling

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London Modern Garden by Cue & Co of London Modern
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

Wood makes for one stunning floor cover, as well as furniture material, but those aren’t the only features it can add to a home. 

If your terrace is unfenced (or worse – surrounded by an ugly and tired-looking wall), do the stylish thing: add some wooden panels for a smart touch to form the perfect backdrop for your terrace furniture and décor of choice.

5. Add a braai

Why not? It doesn’t have to be huge (all you need is a space to fit in a grill) or as decadently styled as our example above (although that would be nice, wouldn’t it?). Plus, you know that a braai is the ultimate excuse for an impromptu get-together between friends, especially here in South Africa.

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6. A tranquil relaxation spot

If calmness and relaxation is more to your liking, we have just the thing: a beautiful wooden deck, some lush plants and flowers, and a stylish lounger (or two) where you can spend some quality time with your loved one (or yourself) and a glass of Cabernet. 

Seeking some more inspiration? Then feast your eyes on: 7 ideas for a perfect terrace.

Which of our ideas will you be incorporating for your terrace at home? Write up a comment below and let us know!
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