Despite being an extension of a home’s indoor space, the balcony is not to be neglected when it comes to creating your desired abode. A well-furnished balcony can serve as a comfy corner where you can enjoy the sun and outdoors without stepping out. Here are some ideas on how to maximise this seemingly humble zone in your house.
Create a cosy corner to enjoy the view
Lazy weekend afternoons are best spent lounging around, and what better place to unwind than in the comfort of your own home? Bay window seats are a must-have for homeowners who wish to create an outdoor lounge of their own. Throw in a couple of plush cushions, a patterned rug and accent lights to create an irresistible lazy corner or a second guest reception room.
Carve out a relaxed lounging zone
For homeowners who wish to imbue their patio with a classy feel similar to that of a luxury hotel’s poolside, chaise lounges are another suitable balcony seating choice. Living with a significant other? Further accessorise your balcony with a glass-topped lounge table, set up a flower display, pop open a bottle of champagne, and proceed to enjoy a romantic sunset date.
Use the extra space as a stylish storage space
Apart from serving as a stylish seating option, some bay window seats can also double as secondary storage spaces. Fitted with internal compartments that are as unobtrusive as they are convenient, these seats are perfect for stowing away gardening tools or extra household items, thus making them a handy storage solution for homes with minimal space to spare.
Go green by creating your very own private garden
Maximise vertical space by creating an attention-grabbing tiered garden or vine wall in your balcony area. Both options make for unique gardening projects by serving as impressive alternatives to traditional potted plants – all you need are either ceiling space for mounted planters or a blank balcony wall to create a lush greenhouse in your unit. Plants such as climbers and creepers are highly suited for these vertical growing methods due to their habit of clinging on upright surfaces.
Create an alfresco dining zone
As homes move towards an open concept and rooms embrace varying roles, the balcony has also evolved to accommodate other daily activities. Having your meals or napping in the freedom of an exposed balcony is both a trendy and refreshing experience, as opposed to the stifling atmosphere of a walled-up dining area or bedroom.
This was adapted from an article originally published in Key To Your Home 2017.