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5 handy tips for a cosy balcony

On 08, Jul 2020 | No Comments | In Interior inspiration, Lighting tips and advice | By Elke Leemans

We want to enjoy the beautiful weather as much as possible during the warm summer months, be it in the garden, in the park, or comfortably on the balcony. It can be quite difficult to turn your balcony into a cosy place. There is often very little space, and you still want to use your balcony for different purposes, like dining outside together, sunbathing, or comfortably enjoying a nice book. We have five practical tips for decorating your balcony.

1. Make the most of the space

It’s a good idea to figure out what you want to use the space for in advance. Is the balcony your favourite place to retreat and unwind? Do you like to dine outside with your family? Or do you want to create a place where you can use your green fingers? When you know which activities the balcony should be suitable for, you can start decorating in a targeted fashion. You can also create a plan in which you define zones for the different activities.

2. Choose the right furniture

One of the most important elements for your balcony is furniture that meets your expectations. Does your balcony mainly serve for just one activity, such as dining or lounging? Then you can invest in a nice dining table, a comfortable rocking chair, or other furniture that perfectly fits that specific need.

Do you have a rather small balcony and still want to use it for different activities? Choose multifunctional items or folding furniture that is easy to store when not in use. Another great tip for those on a tight budget or in the mood for a DIY project: you can conjure up cosy seating in no time using just a few wooden crates and cushions.

3. Work vertically to create a sense of space

If you want to create a sense of space, it is best to keep the floor as clear as possible. That’s why it’s a nice idea to make full use of the walls, balustrade, or ceiling for all your decorative elements. Wall racks, balustrade flower boxes, and wall lighting are just some of the many possibilities. Hanging a garden mirror on the wall is also a good solution to visually enlarge the space. The more you work with your accessories vertically, the less space they take up on the actual balcony and the more space you have left for relaxing.

4. Create ambience with the right lighting

It’s best to provide the necessary lighting if you want to stay on your balcony in the evening as well. Combine different forms of lighting, such as wall lamps, fairy lights, and candles, for the most beautiful effect. You can also experiment with colours and materials, such as metal, wood, and plastic.

Wall lamps create an attractively lit balcony without taking up valuable space. Uplights and downlights such as the Absinthe Pipe or Astro Dartmouth provide a beautiful, glare-free, up and down lighting effect.

Astro Dartmouth

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Fairy lights are also a good way to create ambience on any balcony. Attach them to the wall using a few nails, or thread them through the balustrade. All sorted! Another quick and easy solution are spotlights. You can place a small one, such as the clever Philips Hue Lily garden spotlight, in the soil of your planters very easily.

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Philips Hue Lily

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Are you an avid reader? A standing lamp provides sufficient reading light if you want to stay up devouring books outside until late at night. Make sure you choose a water-resistant model. We recommend choosing a lamp with an IP value of IP44 or better. By the way, this tip applies to all your balcony lighting: always take the IP value into account. Not every lamp can be put just anywhere.

Royal Botania Spiky

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5. Make it cosy with plants

Plants really bring your balcony to life. We find a bit of greenery indispensable if you want to turn your outdoor space into a cosy nook. Cacti, lavender, colourful flowers, and more. The choice is yours! You should take the orientation of your balcony into account. Not every plant likes full sun or a lot of shade and, naturally, you’ll want to keep your plant babies alive for as long as possible.

Do you have green fingers? You can also create a mini vegetable garden on your balcony. Vertical gardening has even grown to become a major trend. To do this, you use the walls of your balcony as a gardening surface to grow your own vegetables or fruit, or to hang plants. Constructions to turn your wall into a vertical garden can be bought ready-made or you can work with palettes, jute bags, or even plastic bottles. Good luck!

Marset Santorini

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How did you transform your balcony into an attractive spot? Let us know in the comments!


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