If you live in an apartment and want to benefit from some sunshine, balconies can be the perfect solution. While not as large as a garden, balconies can offer some outdoor space in a small and compact environment. Unfortunately, without the right care and attention, a balcony isn’t always the relaxing space it should be.
Property experts RW Invest have put together this guide with some top tips to help transform your balcony and turn it into space you’ll love.
Just because your balcony isn’t a garden, doesn’t mean it can’t look like one. Adding some plants and flowers to your balcony is a great way to give the space update and transform it into a cool urban jungle.
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Think about plants which thrive in the surroundings, considering the levels of sunshine or shade that your balcony gets. If your balcony is on the shady side, add plants like Fuchsias and Coleus. On the other hand, if you get a lot of sun hitting your balcony, plants like Geraniums, Succulents, and lavender make beautiful selections. Choose bright and decorative baskets or plant pots to house your plants in to add some further charm. If you’re short on space, you could even create a planter wall for a beautiful homemade feel.
Update the flooring
If you’re sick of your balcony’s dull cement flooring, giving the floor an update is a great way to transform the space. Depending on your preference, opt for either wooden decking or artificial grass. Alternatively, lino flooring and tiles could make a quirky and unique flooring option for your balcony, introducing some colour or pattern. You’d be surprised what a difference this can make to the overall look and feel of your balcony.
If you’re looking for a less permanent and more affordable alternative, then using a large rug or layering multiple rugs can be just as effective and is perfect if you prefer a more bohemian style.
Introduce some furniture
Make the most of your balcony by adding some comfortable furniture. Depending on how much space you have, furniture ideas could be a cosy bean bag chair, a garden sofa, a deck chair, or a bench.
If your balcony is on the more spacious side, think of other furniture ideas you could introduce. A miniature bar area could be a perfect way to add some charm and character to the balcony, while a table and chairs provide the ideal al fresco dining solution. If you work from home a lot, adding a small desk to the balcony is another inventive idea, allowing you to enjoy the sunny weather from your home office.
Once you’re happy with the changes you’ve made to your balcony, complete the transformation with some beautiful accessories. Candles and fairy lights are a great idea for decorating the space, letting you sit out and enjoy your balcony even when it gets dark.
Other outdoor accessories to consider include blankets, cushions, and pillows to keep things cosy and create an ambient, relaxing atmosphere.