There’s nothing worse than an unloved balcony in the summer. You open the doors and all you can see is a bike that you haven’t used for years, dead potted plants and broken chairs. You may use the excuse that your balcony is too small, but you don’t need a lot of space or a beautiful view to create a relaxing outdoor retreat. Here are some ideas to help you transform your balcony space this summer.
A typical balcony has a concrete floor that is lacking in personality. Fortunately, you can spruce up your floor relatively cheaply. Interlocking wooden deck tiles are cheap and easy to install, and small gaps can be filled in with some smooth white pebbles for a stylish effect. If wood decking isn’t your thing, then why not try some artificial grass or a waterproof outdoor rug?
Set the Mood
Outdoor string lights are the perfect addition to make your small balcony feel magical on a warm summer’s evening. There are plenty of fantastic options out there, from LED to solar powered ones, and will make your balcony a much more relaxing and welcoming space.
Create a Private Space
If your balcony has a less than great view, or if you want to block out your neighbours, then privacy panels are a great investment. You can use things such as woven bamboo or privacy screens, or wind and rain shields.
Turn Your Balcony Into an Outdoor Room
If you have a small balcony space, you can easily transform it into an extension of your apartment. Include items that you use inside, for example, if you regularly light candles, include some in your balcony space. Include comfortable elements, like a wicker sofa and cushions, if you enjoy sitting outside with a good book at the end of a long day.
Add Some Greenery
A few plants will help to liven things up whilst also protecting your privacy. There are many options available that are designed to hook onto balcony railings, so you don’t have to lose any floor space. Choose colourful and fragrant flowers, like scented primroses or lavender, or plant herbs such as thyme and rosemary, to add a new dimension to your space. Don’t forget, the more plants and flowers you have, the more wildlife will be attracted to your space!
Make It a Happy Place
When it comes to your balcony space, don’t forget that the most important thing is that it should be your happy space. Whether you want to use it for enjoying a post-work glass of wine, or for somewhere to try your hand at growing vegetables and herbs, create a place that you enjoy being in.