Ten Ideas To Help You Spruce Up Your Little Slice Of The Sky
Those living in high rise or low rise condos know the value of having even the smallest of balconies for that much needed outdoor space. Letting a great balcony go to waste is a true shame. If you are lucky enough to have one but never use it, ask yourself why. It is that you have uncomfortable, out dated furniture, a pesky privacy wall, or lack of plant life? IF you just can’t put your finger on it, have a glance at the list below. Hopefully it will help you figure out just the inspiration you need to make the most of your outdoor space.
Find A Way To Use It
Think Of The Balcony As An Extension Of The Adjacent Room
Use The Walls
Privacy walls along tight urban balconies can make the space feel confining. Here a privacy wall from the neighboring balcony has been outfitted to add interest via shelves and plant boxes. Objects and plants can be added to bring in color, shapes and pattern, making the wall a design asset.
Find A Place For Plants
Even if you have a micro balcony, you can make room for plants. Whether you’re looking for color or a spot to pluck fresh rosemary, there is a way. If you have only a few inches on a Juliet balcony, consider securing pots to the outside of the railing or adding a window box.
Keep Supplies And Accessories Handy
Cushions, throw pillows, tablecloths, extra folding chairs, vases and trays all stashed together somewhere close to the balcony can enable you to gussy it up for tea in a matter of minutes. Find a designated balcony cabinet or a spot in a closet, or place a trunk near the balcony door.
Use Lightweight Furniture
When space is tight, you may need to move chairs around just to slip by, or may want to turn them to enjoy different views. The Acapulco chairs seen here are a good option — they are comfy and easy to pick up and move around.
Go Beyond Typical Lighting Options
You don’t have to stick with recessed lighting or outdoor sconces on a balcony. The outdoor-approved options are vast these days. Chandeliers, pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, portable glowing lanterns: Any of these choices can improve the ambience on a small balcony and encourage you to enjoy it after dark.
Find Creative Ways To Create Privacy
Consider A Long & Narrow Console Table
Designed to fit in the most slender of entryways, these tables can be a good spot for storing gardening supplies, can serve as a bar or can display decorative objects and plants on a balcony. You can also tuck seating underneath to keep a tight space uncluttered and organized.
Try Clear Railings