How to turn your balcony into a stylish and functional space

How to turn your balcony into a stylish and functional space

The balcony – one of the most desired spaces in any property. This is particularly true for city residences, where the only way to get direct access to sunlight and fresh air is indeed the balcony. However, many people fail to realize its advantages and, accordingly, do not utilize it so that it is as functional and comfortable as possible. And this would be extremely pleasant, especially during the summer season.

What is the difference between a terrace and a balcony?

The balcony is an open space that extends beyond the facade of the building. The distinctive characteristic of a terrace is that it is located on top of rooms, columns, or on the ground itself.

Purpose of the balcony
To enhance your balcony, you first need to determine what you want to use it for. Many people think that it serves only for drying clothes or as a storage space. Significant factors for determining the purpose of the balcony are, of course, its size and location. Sample ideas for its utilization might be: relaxation, barbecuing, gathering with friends, or transforming the space into a botanical garden filled with a variety of flowers and decorative elements. If you opt for the latter – you definitely can let your imagination run wild and even create an entire project for your balcony’s interior so that it becomes a favorite spot for relaxation.

Once you have defined what you wish to use your balcony for, it’s time to roll up your sleeves. First, consider the weather conditions – if they could interfere with your goal, it’s good to solve this issue first. Install an awning, put up an umbrella, or anything else that will protect you from the sun and rain. Then get onto the more pleasant part – optimizing the space.

Depending on the size of your balcony and in line with your goal, source the necessary furniture and/or materials. These could be a table and chairs if you want to use the balcony for entertaining friends, a hammock or a sofa made of pallets if you wish to turn it into a relaxation corner, or pots and other gardening supplies if it will be your mini garden. Whatever you decide, make sure you select quality items that you will enjoy for a long time. Some of the most popular styles for balcony furnishing right now are boho and vintage, each with its distinctive features. The boho style, for example, is characterized by a color palette including earth tones supplemented by bright colors like green and blue. It emphasizes lush vegetation and greenery, further highlighted by planters with unconventional shapes and furniture made from natural materials such as wood and metal. If, on the other hand, you decide to go for the vintage style – don’t miss the chance to get antique furniture and decorative items that carry a deep history and a nostalgic note. Visiting antique shops would be perfect if you don’t have such items at home.

Of course, if the size of your balcony allows it or if you have more than one, you can fulfill more than one of your goals or even mix different interior styles.

Once the main furniture is arranged on the balcony, it’s time for the most pleasant part – introducing style and coziness. Buy lights for outdoor spaces, lanterns, and why not beautiful decorative pillows or blankets for cooler evenings. If you have settled on a specific interior style, make a list of its main features and choose decorative elements according to them.

Congratulations! Your balcony is ready and waiting for you to enjoy with your favorite activities. Remember that it is the place that separates your home from the outside world. And, if utilized correctly, it can become an oasis where you can forget about the household trivia without plunging into the city noise.

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