Convert your balcony into your go to spot with our easy to follow guide on maximising this open space
When living in the city with its pigeon-hole apartments, an attached balcony or terrace is truly a blessing. You can unwind in this open space and watch the world pass you by or even enjoy a board game or two with friends. With proper planning, you can convert your balcony into a cosy hangout spot. Here’s how you can make the most of this space:
Invest in smart furniture which has more seating space and consumes less floor space, like L-shaped seating or seaters that have broad seats. Avoid using fully upholstered furniture to utilise the space efficiently.
Use a chequered pattern for the flooring – whether working with tiles or wood. This gives an illusion of a bigger space. To heighten the effect, cover the floor using dhurries with stripes and checks as well.
Use light tonal colours in the entire space – from the walls to the flooring. This gives it a bigger appearance. If you want to break the monotony, introduce colour through furnishings and décor pieces.
When it comes to embellishing the space, think vertical. Use the wall to create an interesting display, instead of fancy floor arrangements. The key is to strike a balance between the two, without letting either get too busy.
You can choose what kind of lighting you want in this space – warm lights result in an inviting atmosphere while white lighting makes the space appear bigger.
Avoid using several prints and patterns. If you want to bring in some motifs, use lighter shades, as it prevents the space from becoming visually heavy. Optionally, you can use plain cotton sheer curtains or blinds for a calm balcony.
As far as possible, use planters that can be hung or fixed on the railing of the balcony or even the walls. Bring in as many as possible to add colour and life in the balcony.
Maintain a balance between plants hung on the wall and the ones you keep on the floor to prevent either space from cluttering up. You can even suspend some planters from the railings. Remember to use as many plants as possible for a colourful space.
Using stripes and checks for your balcony flooring can also give it the illusion of a bigger space. Alternately, you can use dhurries with these patterns as floor coverings.
Light tonal colours give the impression of a bigger space. This also gives you the scope of experimenting with colours when accessorising your balcony.
Lighting is crucial in making or breaking the ambience of a space. You can choose between white and yellow lights depending on the mood you want to create in the balcony. Also, layer your lights for an evenly lit area.
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