When decorating a balcony, a number of different elements should be considered to do this successfully. These elements include whether it is an indoor or outdoor balcony, what material the balcony is made from and how specifically you plan to affix your decorations to the structure of the balcony itself. As decorations may vary from season to season or celebration to celebration, it is also important to consider what types of decorations you can attach to the balcony and how they may interfere with someone actually using the balcony in the future. Keep these ideas in mind when decorating whatever-sized balcony for whatever occasion.
Decorating a balcony with Christmas lights is a fun way to light the balcony for those who are standing on it, as well as those who may be looking up at the balcony from down below. Wrap these Christmas lights around the railing of the balcony itself or run them along the top of the balcony's alcove or ceiling, affixing them with zip-ties, thumbtacks or staples. Dangling icicle Christmas lights can also be hung off the edge of the balcony's railings, as long as they don't interfere with anything or anyone below, as this will create a cool lighting effect, making the light appear as if it were dripping off the balcony itself. If the balcony you happen to be decorating is an outdoor balcony, it is important that you use outdoor Christmas lights that won't short out or break when it rains on them. This is very important and could become a fire hazard if not properly followed.
The green of plants and the colors of their flowers are a wonderful way to naturally decorate an outdoor balcony as well. Purchase vines in planters and place them beside the railings of the balcony, so that as the vines grow, they will naturally wrap themselves around the railing. Over a long enough period of time, the vines will ideally cover the railing, making it possibly appear as if the railing is only made from the supple greenery of the vine itself. In the corners of the balcony, place plants that will flower seasonally, hopefully drawing hummingbirds and butterflies which you will be able to watch pollinate them.
What good is a balcony if you can't comfortably spend time on it? Buy furniture that is attractive and comfortably fits in the space of the outdoor balcony itself. For outdoor balconies, you'll obviously need something which can withstand a bit of rain, so you'll probably have to head to the patio furniture section of your local hardware or furniture store. If there is room for it, a hammock would be an ideal addition. If you happen to have an indoor balcony or one that is mostly protected from the elements, choose the most comfortable and attractive pieces of furniture possible, like down-stuffed armchairs, love seats, foot rests, even wooden coffee tables. Either way, think of your balcony as another room you are going to decorate.