How to create a relaxing balcony

An outdoor lounge area is often what makes a home complete. Even a tiny balcony can make the difference between an airy and open space and a dark, monotonous home. So stop using your balcony as a storage area and turn it into a friendly and relaxing space.There are several ways to do that.The simplest one is to use plants. Since it’s basically almost an outdoor space, having fresh plants and flowers in there seems like a natural thing to do. Hanging pots and planters are the easiest way to decorate a balcony. But in order to make a relaxing space you’ll need more than that.

Since we’re talking about comfort, a lounge chair or bench would be great. If you have a tiny balcony, even a comfy chair is better than nothing. You can also use beanbags. They’re very cozy and comfy and they have a friendly and casual look that makes them perfect for this area.

Of course, there are several different types of outdoor or semi-outdoor spaces besides the classic balcony. The balcony is usually a small platform protruding from a wall of an apartment. It’s usually an enclosed space and it’s never at street level. The porch, on the other hand is an attached section of the house covered with a roof, usually at street level and it can be both in front and the back of the house.

Those living in a house, as opposed to an apartment, have several other options. For example, they can benefit from a verandah which is a large, open space supported by pillars and covered with a roof. They can also enjoy a patio, a roofless area usually used for entertainment and dining, or a deck which is usually a raised area attached to the back of the house.

Whatever type of space you have, you need to keep in mind that the concept of relaxation varies with each individual. So first try to figure out what exactly helps you relax and then start planning the design for your balcony, deck, patio, etc. Find a tranquil color and then decide on textures, materials and shapes. Every little detail is important. You also need to keep in mind the function that this particular area will fulfill. If it’s strictly private then you’re the only one you need to think about, but if it’s a semi-public space than you should to make it as inviting and friendly as possible so that everyone can feel comfortable there.{picture sources:1,2,3 and 4}.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on May 16th, 2012


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