Sprucing up one’s balcony can be a great way to extend living space and enjoy beautiful weather. That being said, there are a fair number of considerations to be made when planning a revamp, as space constraints can play a large factor in what is possible, and what is not. Regardless of size, these 5 tips will help transform any balcony space into a tranquil, floating oasis.
Seating and Furniture
The first, and arguably most important, way to spruce up one’s balcony is to add cosy seating. From stylish wicker furniture to a relaxing hammock, there are plenty of options when it comes to seating. A good first step would be to determine what you want this space to be primarily used for. If you are looking for a private spot to relax and unwind a hammock may work perfectly. However, if you are hoping to entertain guests for cocktails, a hammock is less than ideal.
There are a number of great seating choices which range from single seats to spacious outdoor couches. Choose options that align with the overall use of the space!
Other furniture that aids in making a balcony a cozy additional room include coffee tables, side table and footstools.
Light It Up
Depending on the style of the balcony, chances are you have little or no lighting. Not only is lighting imperative if you are hoping to enjoy your outdoor space during the evening, but it is also a great way to create a calm and relaxing ambience.
Popular lighting options include string Edison bulbs, dramatic hanging lights or LED strips. A standing outdoor-friendly lamp is also a great choice and can be easily set up.
When considering outdoor lighting, especially in a space that gets a lot of sunlight during the day, one may want to invest in solar-powered options. Not only do they save on electricity, but you also won’t have to worry about accessing a power source.
It’s All About Decor
Decorating your balcony is a sure-fire way to take the space from drab to fab - and there are so many choices! When planning to decorate your balcony, you will want to start from the bottom up.
First, choose an outdoor area rug. Not only does this cover the balcony floor, making it cosy and more comfortable for your feet, but it’s also a great way to add colour and patterns to your space. Most outdoor rugs are water and weatherproof so no need to worry about taking them in!
Moving upwards, toss a few outdoor pillows and a cosy blanket on furniture. These textures add dimension to space and also makes for a cosy area to curl up on a chilly evening. Don’t forget to stick with your colour scheme to ensure the balcony blends together beautifully.
Wall decor and weatherproof pictures can be hung around to help spruce up, what commonly, are concrete walls. Windchimes, barometers and thermostats can all be integrated into the decor as well adding a touch of function.
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Don’t Forget the Greenery
Just because you have a balcony vs. patio or lawn, is no reason you can’t enjoy beautiful greenery. A balcony is an ideal area for stunning tropical plants, vibrant, mixed pots and gorgeous hanging baskets.
A large tropical potted plant such as a Palm or Bird of Paradise can add a dramatic touch to one’s balcony. Smaller plants can be used on coffee tables or side tables for a more subtle, but equally impactful option.
If possible, hanging baskets are lovely plant options that take up little to no space. Large colourful baskets or leafy, Boston ferns - both will make a statement. Remember to secure baskets firmly for safety reasons and also bring them in during high winds or impending weather.
Bring The Tech
For many people, their balcony is an extension of their living space and during ideal weather, enjoying spending as much time as possible on it. That can mean listening to music, working on a computer, or watching their favourite show.
Depending on your space, an outdoor T.V. may allow for memorable movie nights with the family or a perfect setting to watch the big game with friends. Not interested in making it permanent? No problem! Having a rolling cart or extra stand can allow one to be brought out just for the evening.
Outdoor speakers are another popular feature of many balconies. Relaxing with a beverage while listening to music, catching up on the news, enjoying a new podcast or tuning into a sports game, having speakers is a must for any balcony! Wireless speakers are a quick way to bring out the music, or if you are really committing to the space, having hardwired and mounted speakers can allow for music to play both indoors and outdoor simultaneously.
Depending on your building as well as your balcony’s size, there may be additional features you could add such as:
Propane/Table Top Fire Pit - Having a propane fire pit is a great way to instantly enjoy the ambience of a campfire. There are many different styles and sizes of pits that range from tabletop to on-floor. While they are both beautiful and convenient, many residential buildings forbid the use of such for safety reasons. If, however, you are permitted to use one, it is extremely important to follow all guidelines and have safety features in place such as fire extinguishers.
Dining Area - Some apartment or condo owners have exceptionally large balconies which allow for both sitting areas as well as dining spaces. If you have the ability, having an outdoor dining table is an ideal way to take advantage of beautiful weather. Once again, depending on restrictions, you may even be able to have a BBQ or outdoor cooking capabilities.
Balconies have the capability of providing more than just additional square footage. With a little TLC, your balcony can quickly become one of your favourite spaces. From quiet mornings alone to cosy nights with friends or family, a small investment into your balcony will reap many benefits!