IDEAS FOR A COZY SCANDINAVIAN OUTDOOR BALCONY

With summer comes the desire to spend more time outside, and if you are lucky enough to have a balcony then this is the perfect place to get cozy on those long, hot summer days. Here are some cozy Scandinavian style balconies that will help inspire you to create a hygge feeling too in your outdoor space:

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^ Add some texture to your outdoor balcony with cushions and throws to make it more cozy. I love this mix of textiles and neutral tones seen on Instagram via @marzena.marideko along with candles and hanging lights. This just screams hygge to me – and would be the perfect little nook to enjoy all year round.

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^ If your balcony is quite close to your neighbours, adding a railing cover like this bamboo screen seen on Historiska Hem is a great way to get some more privacy. In addition, tall plants, an umbrella or hanging shades can help make it less open and more cozy.

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^ What about a simple bench like this one seen on Alvheim for a small space?

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^ An outdoor rug helps add a cozy feeling don’t you think? This is from Craftifair.

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^ Darker tones and decor details can help bring a hygge atmosphere. Think dark wood, textiles and personal touches in form of ceramics and decor like Bungalow5. An portable speaker is also a great way to add ambience and set the tone.

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^ Adding fake grass to your balcony can make it feel more connected to the surrounding nature and makes it feel more inviting as seen via Alexander White.

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^ A hanging chair or hammock certantly helps bring that hygge vibe to your outdoor space. I love this hanging chair from Danish company Sika Design!

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^ Or what about adding floor pillows instead of furnitures like here seen by @clean.lolie on Instagram to make it extra comfy and cozy? It is a great idea to use the wall space with a shelf like this for hanging plants.

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^ Use lights and candles to transform the space into a hygge haven like this dreamy little balcony seen on Alvhem… I wouldn’t mind sitting here with a glass of wine enjoying the ling summer evenings.

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^ Add lots of greenery in form of plants and flowers like seen here from Ikea. A selection of herbs can help your balcony smell as good as it looks. A parasol can be a great place to hang outdoor lights too.

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^ A great way to maximise your space is to have a low bench or seating area like this one seen on Blissfullblog covered with a linen material. By facing it away from the view you will feel more secluded if you are in close proximity to another building like here.

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^ Or add a small table so you can enjoy your morning coffee on your balcony like his one seen on Historiska Hem.

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^ A lovely way to get a cozy space is to add wooden floor covering like this home seen on Alvheim. Soft pastel and neutral shades on the pillows and blankets along with the different wood textures adds to the cozy style.

Which one is your favorite?

If you need more inspiration on how to find hygge at home this summer, check out my bucket list full of cozy tips.

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.

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