Terrace apartments are a major luxury in a busy, cramped world. Most apartment dwellers consider themselves lucky to get a balcony to put a chair on. Whether you have a sprawling outdoor terrace on the ground floor or access to a rooftop terrace, it’s your responsibility to use the space wisely. So when you start to think about what your apartment terrace needs, consider these four things: living space, dining space, garden vibes and hosting ability. If you take those four things into account as you begin to decorate your outdoor space, you will be sure to create a terrace that will be a haven for you, your family and all your other apartment dwelling friends.
Having an apartment terrace means one thing. You cannot get away with two little patio chairs. Sure, having a little conversation corner is a nice touch, but you’re going to need more seating than that. Use a space of your terrace to turn into an outdoor living room. Invest in some outdoor furniture or build your own, but you should at least have a couch and coffee table. Spread an outdoor rug to make a welcoming scene and then layer with pillows and throws to invite people to sit a while and enjoy the sunshine.(Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
There’s nothing like getting home after a long day of work and taking a big salad and a glass of wine outside for a dinner in the golden sunset glow. Obviously you’re going to need a dining area on your patio to make that happen. A long table with long benches will accommodate the most people with style. You’ll probably want to add an outdoor credenza as well for holding serving bowls or the necessities for cocktail hour. Then just swoop your string lights and you’re all set for some lovely summer parties.(via 1, 2, 3, 4)
No doubt, the goal of your terrace is to make the space feel like a real getaway amid the bustling streets and noisy neighbors. The easiest way to do that is by adding plants. I mean, go plant crazy. Make your terrace into a garden in the city. Invest in some potted trees, grow a vegetable garden, stock up on vines and ferns and succulents. Any and all leaves will only add to your vacation at home feeling. Plus, plants will help to provide privacy to your haven.(via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
I know, you keep reading about having people over on your terrace. But the truth of the matter is that if you have a terrace, everyone is going to want to hang out at your place. Since that’s the case, you need to think about your terrace’s hosting ability while you decorate. It always helps to have some kind of entertainment you can whip up so the party isn’t dependent on conversation. A hot tub is always a great option but if you’re not into that, think about a fire pit or a portable movie screen. Something to encourage guests to hang out and enjoy your terrace as much as you do.