Converting that forgotten balcony into small design wonderMartha Taylor-Brown ▼ Saturday March 25, 2017 2:07PM ET
Living outside A small space with huge potential
Many balconies are just sitting there, an extension to a house that serves no purposes except being a storage space for an old broom. Yet, they can be small design wonders, the best looking part of the whole home.
READ MOREA small space with huge potential, balconies are left as they are all to often. They are cold, cement areas for which many think it is just another storage space, just outside the main building. But balconies were created to be another room, the space that connects the outside world with inside space and we should treat them in exactly the same way as we'd treat any room. If you're on a tight budget, put wood flooring and take out some flowers - minimal effort, maximum effect.
For a more exquisite look, you can mix wood flooring, wood dividers, artificial grass, stones and flowers to create almost a small garden. If you are living in a big city and your balcony overlooks crowded streets, there are several benefits with this approach. First, you will feel like you're in nature, miles away from cold cement. Then, plant can absorb some street sound and your balcony a pleasant place to be. And third, plants and dividers will give you privacy blocking the view from other balconies.
And you don't have to have a really big balcony to convert it into your oasis. If you have a small space, go for warmth. And you can do that using wooden furniture, a small coffee table and - a small carpet. In other words, put on the balcony everything you'd put in any other smaller room in your home. Go plenty with cushions and pillows, use sunny colors, you may even make it just a bit more cluttered then you'd normally do, and you will get a nice room in the open.
And how to get a more bold and luxurious look? It's simple and you need just one thing: A rich and fancy fence. Cast iron fence will lift your balcony to a totally different level and make you fell like you are living in a castle. If you are in an old part of the town, it will fit nicely into architecture around you. If you live in a new building, it will be a focal point all neighbor may just become jealous they don't have something similar.
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