If you live in an apartment or house with a small balcony, you don’t have to say goodbye to your dream of an oasis. You can easily create a comfortable yet chic outdoor space for yourself to enjoy the great outdoors. Your tiny balcony has immense potential and this means putting up more than a chair and table to make it look amazing.
Graana.com brings you creative ways to decorate your small balcony.
Use Comfortable Furniture
Whether you have a gigantic garden or a small balcony, cosy furniture is essential for a comfortable relaxing atmosphere. In small balconies, space is already limited so the choice of furniture will set the mood for the kind of space you want it to be. Furniture is also most likely to be the biggest item you will have to place in that tiny space. Hence, it is important that the furniture is both functional and decorative.
There are plenty of options available when it comes to selecting furniture for your balcony. Depending on your personal preference, you can either go for a 2 seater sofa or you can go for separate chairs. If you want a minimalist piece you can go for fibreglass and resin furniture or if you are into boho style, you can opt for rattan pieces. These materials are weather resistant and durable.
Opt for Vertical Gardens
Vertical gardens are increasingly becoming popular in urban areas. They are acting as a means to reduce pollution in urban areas and promote greenery. Since space is limited in tiny balconies, it is wise to utilise the vertical space. They help in sustainable development and also give a greener outlook which beautifies the place. Research also claims that greener places have a positive impact on an individuals mental health.
Vertical gardens or walls are specifically designed to facilitate planting and proper drainage for the plants. They can be arranged in numerous patterns on a wall. An entire wall can be utilised for plantation or planters can be used to make use of specific portions of a wall. Either way, the greenery on concrete walls is really soothing for the eyes!
Invest in Attractive Flooring
In most balconies, the floors are solid concrete that aren’t too attractive. If you have money to spare, investing in good flooring will instantly inject new life into your small balcony. Given the tiny dimensions of the balcony, it will also not cost you an arm and a leg compared to flooring for gigantic decks in gardens. However, most people don’t have the knowledge about the available options to make an informed decision.
Outdoor flooring should be heat and water resistant! It should be durable! And it should look stylish! The best option is to go for tiles as they are durable and easy to clean. They come in a variety of styles such as wood finish or any other patterned design. Moreover, you can also opt for pure wood flooring but keep in mind to coat it with a sealant to protect it from harsh weather conditions.
Decorate With Plants
Plants are your best friends when it comes to decorating your balcony. They are cost effective and add tons of colour to a balcony. You can plant aromatic flowers and enjoy the pops of colours. There are plenty of options to choose from. You can select plants that require little care like snake plants or spider plants that are not only air purifying but also add the decorative touch. If you have the will to be consistent, you can build your collection to include exotic plants.
Be Creative with Privacy Screens
If your apartment does not have a scenic view or if you enjoy more privacy, you can choose to install a privacy screen in your balcony. A decorative piece with patterns or abstract art will not only give you cover but will also double as art. Moreover, if you want something easy on the pocket, you can go for a bamboo fencing that will give it that tropical look and also give cover. You can even DIY a bamboo screen if you have time on your hands. Add decorative buckets of plants to the screen to further increase its appeal. Other options include a traditional trellis with climbing plants to increase the greenery in your balcony. Panelled wooden folding screen is another great option.