It’s not too late to make your balcony or patio a chic and comfy place to soak up summer’s last weeks.

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We’ve reached mid-August, but it’s not too late to make your balcony or patio a chic and comfy place to soak up summer’s last weeks.

With a few simple tricks, you can whip your balcony into shape and even extend its use into the fall months. Here’s what to add.

Start with plants. An outdoor area should never be without greenery. Flower boxes and potted plants are an easy, lower-cost way to infuse greens into your outdoor space, no heavy lifting required.

Ground it with a rug. Outdoor rugs are prettier than ever, and companies such as Dash & Albert are coming up with hundreds of fun and weather-resistant patterns. You ground your living room with a rug, so why not do the same with your balcony?

Embrace the bistro table. Nothing is more satisfying than having breakfast outside and basking in the sun before a long workday. When space is limited, all you need are a couple of chairs and a smaller bistro table.

When in doubt, do stripes. Outdoor stripes are quintessential summer decorating. If you’re upholstering furniture, purchasing outdoor pillows, or shopping for an umbrella, always look at thick stripes in bold colors to bring life to your space.

West Elm Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table, $399; Crate & Barrel Petaluma Black Metal Lanterns, $40–$100
West Elm Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table, $399; Crate & Barrel Petaluma Black Metal Lanterns, $40–$100

Go vertical. Block neighboring balconies or an ugly fence — or just make the most of a small space — with a vertical garden. Install a trellis or planting bags, and hang away.

Throw in pillows. Don’t think you’re limited to the pillows that came with your outdoor sofa. Just as outdoor rugs are now more varied than ever, so are their pillow counterparts. This means you can infuse the same décor personality outdoors that you show indoors.

Consider lighting. Hanging out on your balcony on a balmy summer night is a luxury — as long as you can see. Consider hanging string lights to create a starry nighttime effect under a covered area. Wall sconces are another great alternative, or keep it easy with candle-filled hurricanes.

Add finishing touches. Add final decorating touches with vases, candles and other accents to finish off the space. Treat your balcony as you would any other room in your house by adding layers and personality.

Warm it up for fall. When temperatures start cooling down in September, extend the season by furnishing your space with throws and sheepskin rugs that will keep you and your guests cozy.