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As summer is on the horizon, these beautiful balconies and terraces are sparking creative remodel ideas for our outdoor spaces from!

This narrow balcony in a project by Mitsuori Architects in Melbourne, Victoria, ticks many of the boxes for comfortable urban living. A slatted barrier screens the deck without blocking light or enclosing the space too strictly. A deep planter box introduces greenery and organic shapes to the otherwise linear aesthetic.

A piece of freedom in the urban jungle — that’s what this balcony offers the owners of a Munich penthouse. The wood finish, the flooring, the bench and even the planter box were custom made of thermo ash for the space by Eber Designtüren in its workshop. The result: a highly personalized design dream looking out over the roofs of Munich.

This beautiful space in Christchurch has all the appeal of a rustic, unpretentious outdoor area cleverly combined with contemporary, low-profile and comfortable furniture. Forsaking the trend for hanging orb-like fireplaces, the built-in open fire and wood-stacking area is cozy, dark and appealing. Natural wood and neutral colors ensure that all eyes are drawn toward the fire.

This balcony belongs to a 25-year-old apartment redesigned by Color Label Design Office. Founder and designer Akihiko Tonomura transformed the living room with new oak hardwood flooring and placed wood panels over the balcony’s concrete floor. As a result, the outdoor space has turned into a restful additional room that brings an extra touch of comfort to the apartment.

This house in Castellón belongs to Lucía Chover and Santiago Martín, founders of Vitale Studio. Having searched for years, they finally found a home with the perfect bones, which they then painstakingly restored and renovated.

The terrace had been a completely wasted and neglected space. The owners updated the flooring with the same finish as in the adjacent kitchen and enlarged the storage room, which is now also used as a laundry room. The cozy seating area is the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee after a wonderful meal.

Studio DLG’s design for this New York City balcony takes advantage of every square inch, from the compact sofa nestled in perfectly to the shelves displaying potted plants. The ceramic garden stool and upholstered ottoman are multipurpose pieces that can serve as tables, seating or footstools to further maximize the space.

Stripes in the lumbar pillow, ottoman and rug echo the structure’s clean lines, while playful patterns in other pieces soften the space. The mostly blue-and-gray palette gets hits of color from red and yellow accents in the pillows and pots. With the cafe lights poised to take the balcony from day to night, we can see why this pooch has made itself right at home.

This petite balcony by Aflux Designs in Notting Hill, London, feels like an effortless extension of the owners’ interior style. By keeping a neutral color palette and choosing furniture that mirrors a living room setup, the team created a space that feels cozy and welcoming.

Using indoor-outdoor rugs and rattan furniture with removable covers means the space can be quickly weatherproofed when it rains and easily restored when the sun returns.

This dramatic balcony by McKiernan Architects provides contemporary style and architectural glamour while maximizing the dramatic countryside views. The balcony has uninterrupted sightlines over the lush surroundings (out of frame to the left of the photo), and the simple glass balustrade and clean-lined furniture allow the view to remain the star attraction.

Adding in a slice of window to the side, as seen here, allows for a secondary glimpse of the landscape, and the ribbon of green makes a striking feature in the imposing gray stone wall.

In the words of architect Carola Vannini, the aim that guided the renovation of this Roman apartment was to “open the space to the exterior and to natural light.” While the whole apartment changed dramatically, the biggest value added was getting rid of the hallway and adding the three glass doors in the wall that separates the day area from the large terrace.

The terrace features a custom-made outdoor kitchen designed by Vannini, alongside dining and relaxation areas. The terrace is also beautifully situated to take advantage of the warm Roman sun.

Both in the apartment and on the terrace, warm colors set off with black details match made-to-measure furniture for harmony and flair.

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