Balconies are a home’s little oasis amongst the city bustle. A place where you get to witness the beautiful sunrise and sunsets, the wind, the rain, a place that allows you to experience and connect with great outdoors. Leaving your balcony space empty is no justice to what it can offer. Balconies can be worked on and transformed into an extra outdoor space that is both fun and comfortable. No matter the amount of space you have, a balcony can be adorned to suit your preference. A well decorated balcony becomes a delight for the home owners,giving an additional space to lounge or spend time in. Whether planning them from the ground up or taking the DIY route, sprucing up your balcony is a rather fun and easy process. From the furniture to the flooring, there are a lot of different things you can try to make your balcony a one of a kind space.
Here are some ideas that you could keep in your mind while setting up your balcony for a beautiful and comfy look.
SET THE TONE WITH FLOORING
Starting from the very basics, the kind of flooring you opt for is an important part to create the right design for your balcony. Depending on the kind of look you are going for, you can choose to experiment with different kinds and designs of flooring. You could opt for a wooden flooring tile to give it an earthy and natural look. For a more natural and fresh look you could choose to put in an artificial grass mat atop your flooring, adding a touch of greenery and brightness to the space. To switch things up, and create a fun and colorful vibe, you could opt for mosaic flooring, using colorful tiles to create patterns or go abstract to give your balcony a unique and lively look.
GO GREEN ALL THE WAY
Green interior design has been trending and for all the right reasons. Adding plants and greenery to your homes is a great way to freshen it up while being friendly to nature. What better space to add plants and flowers than your balcony. Placing them in the balcony ensures that the plants get the right amount of sunlight and air to bloom and thrive while giving your balcony a bright and natural look. Depending on the amount of space you can spare you can choose to go all out with a lot of planters and pots arranged beautifully. However, if you have little space to spare, you can choose to install a vertical garden, giving the green look without taking up any of your space. Alternatively, you could choose to line your railing with plants and flowers for a beautiful look that utilizes otherwise empty space.
LIGHT IT UP
Lights are a great way to adorn your balcony. As the sun sets, lights add a bit of flair to your balcony space, giving it a rather enchanting look. You choose to opt for simple string lights, bauble lights, or try out LED lights in different shapes for a fun addition. You can also choose to play around with different colors of lights to help you create the ambience you wish to in the space. Another great idea could be adding neon light decals. Be it a quote or a fun shape, neon lights can add a pop of brightness and give the space a trendy look. You could also opt to add a few lit up accent pieces like lanterns for a charming look.
Tip: Ensure using lights that are water proof since they are being used outdoors.
INCORPORATE FUN PRINTS
Incorporating fun prints is a great way to add a bit of drama and a touch of tradition to your balcony space.From Aztec to traditional Indian block prints, there are a lot of different options that you could keep in your mind while designing the space. You could choose to go for printed fabric covering for your sofa seats, or couches. For a simpler way, you could simply add printed cushions in different designs, even if against a neutral background or paired with a complementing colored seating for a beautiful look. You can also choose to lay down a bright rug with a gorgeous pattern for a simple yet gorgeous way to include prints into your balcony’s interior design. The versatility of prints and designs give you the option to choose just what you like.
CREATE A CLASSY OUTDOOR SPACE
If you have a rather spacious balcony, you could transform it into a classy outdoor seating, to use for yourself or to host guests in. Creating an outdoor seating setup in your balcony is rather simple. Pick out a couch that goes with the theme you are going for along with a sleek table that can hold things without taking too much space. It is, however, important to opt for furniture that can stand the changing weather to prevent damage. Apart from furniture, you could choose to install a compact fireplace. A small fireplace or fire pit can act as another great way to amp up the aesthetic while keeping the space warm in chilly weather.
SETUP A AIRY BREAKFAST RETREAT
Nothing is better than experiencing fresh morning air and light while you prepare to start your day. Turning your balcony into a breakfast space is thus a great option to spruce it up, while giving a positive experience just as you begin your day. The bright sunlight and morning dew create a soothing feel around you, adding to the experience. You could add a simple and dainty dining set made out of wood, metal or plastic depending on the portion of the balcony you are furnishing. Alternatively, you choose to transform the railing space into a breakfast bar which doesn’t take up too much space. As the sun sets, this dining space could be just as perfect as a dinner seating as well, especially paired with the right lighting, creating a wonderful dining experience.
DITCH THE FURNITURE
If you have a small space to work with or simply want to create a space that is comfort personified, you could choose to ditch the furniture. Instead you could opt to create a seating space on your floor itself. Floor seating in itself has a very comfortable and homey vibe to it and is easy to create yourself. First and foremost, ensure that you add a rug, oro perhaps artificial grass mats as shown before you create a floor seating to prevent it from getting too hot or cold. To create a floor seating, you could simply lay down a heavy rug or blanket and pair it with floor cushions to sit on. Alternatively, you could go for a mattress to create a floor bed or sofa, paired with cozy cushions and throw blankets. For an elevated look and added comfort you could choose to stack up multiple mattresses.
ADD A SWING
Swings are a pretty and nostalgic adornment for your balconies. For almost every person, swings strike a feeling of nostalgia. Having a swing in the house is difficult, however, your balcony can accommodate a swing, for a fun and lovely seating option that adds a bit of charm to the space. Depending on the amount of space you have available, you can go for a nestled swing as shown in the image. They look very modern and are easy to install. For a bigger space, or a more comfy alternative you can choose to put a bed swing. It essentially replicates the structure of a bed in a smaller size, to give you a snug place to sit and relax in. Made from a variety of materials, swings can prove to be just what your space needs to amp up the comfy factor while looking great.
GO THE BOHO WAY
Bohemian inspired home decor is trending as is. With a neutral tone theme, bohemian inspired decor can alter the look of your balcony without too much fuss. The boho way is especially great if you want to keep it simple yet lively. You could use neutral toned furniture pieces and textiles, surrounded with a lot of greenery. You could also choose to bring in macrame hand woven decor pieces, a trendy boho decor addition. From a wall hanging to a swing, there is a wide array of macrame products to pick from. You could use some fun boho printed cushions or throw blankets for a pop of brightness to the space, giving your balcony a boho chic makeover.
INTRODUCE WICKER FURNITURE
Wicker furniture is a classic pick for outdoor spaces. Wicker furniture is a good way to blend nature in your balcony’ design. Since wicker is a durable yet light material, it goes great in the balcony and is also easy to move in case of troubling weather. It is largely resistant to moisture and mold, making it the right choice for outdoor spaces with little need for maintenance. You can choose to use a wicker made table, chairs, sofa seat or simple decor pieces, adding to the aesthetic appeal of your balcony space with ease.
Overall, the balcony area is an important part of your home, an outdoor retreat for when you need a break. Developing your balcony to be the comfy retreat you need and deserve is rather easy. You can make small changes and design your balcony in a way that it looks and feels great. Refer to the ideas above to transform your balcony to create a gorgeous space.