Living in the heart of a city, means putting your real estate space to good use. When it comes to a balcony, even the narrowest and smallest can be a great space to entertain and relax. The clue is to consider your balcony part of the square footage of your space and utilize it to the max.
Here are some practical tips to transform your small concrete balcony into an oasis.
Decide how you want to the use space
The first step is to figure out what you want your balcony to be. Are you looking to create a reading nook, an eating area or garden? Do you want the space to be multi-functional? These are important questions to ask yourself before taking decorating plunge.
Think about furniture
If the balcony is going to be an eating area, buy a little bistro set. If it’s going to be a space to relax, choose a comfy chaise lounge with all-weather side table to place your favorite book and beverage.
Add greenery and privacy
Plants can beautify small outdoor spaces. Consider the amount of sunlight the balcony gets and adjust your choice of plants accordingly. Think about hanging plants and flowers from the balcony ceiling – this is a good space conserving option. For privacy, position taller plants that grow straight up such as bamboo to create a natural barrier.
Accessorize your balcony
Once you have the furniture and plants situated, it’s time to get on with the business of accessorizing.
If you own your condo, find out if the homeowner’s association will allow you to tile or paint the balcony floor. A textured tile or paint designed for outdoor use will not only keep you from slipping in damp weather, it will also add a bit of personality to your outdoor oasis. An outdoor rug is the perfect way to add personality to dull balcony.
And, don’t forget lighting. If your balcony has a cover, add a string of lights or lanterns above for a romantic evening glow.
Your personal touch
Cushions, pillows, linens and other textiles that stand up to weather and wear are the finishing touches that will make your balcony stand out. It reflects your unique way of bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out.