If you’re a city dweller who is deeply entrenched in apartment life, then it goes without saying that you’re probably a bit low on space, especially on that crucial piece of apartment life: the balcony. Even if you have a stand-alone home, it can be a rare thing to find one with a garden or courtyard big enough to do cartwheels in (which is the official measurement of garden sizes), so you need to be really clever when it comes to design.
Courtyard and balcony decor is a tricky thing. You need to be able to inject in some life and colour but at the same time keep it so that you can still fit in there. Look for potted or hanging plants in cool and quirky pots, furniture that can fold away or trays that can serve multiple purposes (like a milk crate that can double as a storage space OR a seat) so that you can be as clever as possible.