If you, like many, are an inner city dweller, the balcony may be your only pocket of outdoor space. The greatest benefit of a balcony is the privacy factor, as you are able to relax in the sun and open air still within the confines of your own home. Balconies, more often than not, are small in size. For the lucky few, some are large enough to house a dining set for a full outdoor experience, whereas others have only enough width to place a chair and few potted plants. Whatever the size, and with a few helpful tips, you can maximise the space you have, and create an oasis of relaxation where you can read a good book, or enjoy a glass of wine after work.
Today on homify, we are going to take a look at some wonderful ways to add life and style to your balcony. Catering for a wide range of styles and of course, sizes, you are sure to find a few ideas that you can implement into your own design. Take a look…
This small yet wonderfully organised balcony is the work of Keir Townsend. Narrow and long, the designers have cleverly made the most of the available space, creating a balcony that is comfortable, stylish and intimate. With the simple addition of some potted plants, there is a necessary element of greenery now present. If you prefer, you could even replace the small hedges with herbs or small fruit trees. The two armchairs, coupled with a small coffee table, and of course, a stunning view, is the perfect area to enjoy your morning coffee, or reflect on the day that has just passed.
Nowadays, balcony furniture is only limited by the amount of available space and the bounds of your imagination. This deck has been designed in collaboration with Lakes by Yoo and Future Light Design, hosts not only an incredible lakeside view, but is both a dream holiday destination, and the perfect outdoor area. There are three designated zones present, provided by the jacuzzi, dining area and curved armchair. Here, you can relax in a myriad of different ways—the only limit or constraint you may have is time! An envious balcony for many reasons, this is a great example to show that you can enjoy a score of different experiences in your private outdoor space. From a cup of tea, to a long, bubbly soak, every whim you may have will be catered for.
Seating is yet another important factor to make the most of your balcony space. In this example by Paul Newman Landscapes, storage, seating and greenery have all been taken care of. This design is located on a rooftop, but the idea can very easily be adapted to small and mid-sized balconies. Aside from being extremely practical and useful, the hierarchy provided by the different levels adds a point of interest, too. You can choose to line the perimeter of the balcony, or even use the storage boxes as free-standing benches—the choice is yours!
So, you may not have room for planter boxes or potted plants. What is the next best option to add greenery to your balcony? British Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne, has created a great solution to solve the aforementioned problem. These stools, which may seem like an every day seating object, have been transformed, and are a clever way to add that necessary pop of green, or in this case, patch of grass, to your outdoor area. What is not visible in this photo is the fact that these stools light up. Both practical and functional, the soft glow provided by these chairs will add ambience and character to your balcony.
This is a creative way to show the perimeter, or boundaries of your balcony. Instead of using walling or glass, My Landscapes LTD has envisioned an ingenious and practical way to incorporate greenery into one element. Instead of rendered concrete or steel cabling, which are the most typical types of balcony walls, this hollow walling system means that occupants can enjoy a touch of greenery from their prized balcony space. This example can easily be adapted to suit your needs and lifestyle. For some, this may not be a suitable option due to the height of their apartment, but it can definitely be used as inspiration!
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