The process of designing a home is rewarding albeit very challenging and demanding. Before proceeding with any home design or renovation, one must first identify the main reason for the project. What is it for? Some may need to build a safe and joyful environment for their children. Others would want to build a house to then sell on to gain maximum profit.
Determining your purpose for designing your home will greatly help you get through the most challenging moments—there will be a lot of them—and guide you in achieving your desired results.
In this article, we will be featuring homely ideas on making the most out of your balcony. From alfresco dining to cozy enclosures and patio extensions, we will cover everything you need to elevate your home patio design. Let’s get started.
5 Tips for Maximizing Your Balcony Space
1. Make it easy on the eyes and comfortable for the rest of the senses
Form indeed follows function, and the purpose of a balcony is to provide that space you would want to spend your time relaxing. The balcony is one of the parts of your house where you have the freedom to personalize the decor.
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Here, you could use a similar design to your living room by putting a comfy couch, a table, some pretty lights, and an area rug to create the family’s second living room.
While you’re at it, you might as well make it a comfortable spot aside from giving it a nice look. You won’t go wrong making it green by filling it with lush plants to create the feel of being close to nature. For a pleasing fragrance that will complement it, try adding some herbs and flavorful cooking ingredients.
2. Consider sunrooms, solariums, or patio enclosures for added protection and value
Custom-designed enclosures, solariums, and sunrooms offer added value to your home by isolating the area while also protecting it against pests, dust, and other unwanted external elements.
With these options, alfresco dining is made cozier and more sustainable. The glass walls and roofs will also let you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the weather with floor-to-ceiling views.
If you’re planning to add a new dimension to your home’s character and enjoy a unique new living space full of natural light, solariums and patio enclosures are your best options.
3. Light it up and accentuate the floor
Lighting up your balcony can serve many purposes. For instance, with sconces and some pretty light pendants, you can set the mood for late-night hangouts.
Lighting up some large candles makes for a romantic atmosphere in the evening. Alternatively, you can use fairy lights or pixies to create that magical effect. The ideas are plenty when you know how to harness your creativity in lighting.
As for the look of your balcony floor, you can always amp it up with patterned garden mats, rubber mats, colorful rugs, or even carpets. Although the typical balcony has a concrete floor that is devoid of personality, turning that boring slab into a stylish base should be a walk in the park.
4. Furnish and fence it with finesse
One of the most desirable features of any home is privacy. For your balcony, elegant fencing serves that purpose because regardless of how fantastic your balcony or yard looks, if it feels like you’re on stage while neighbors watched, you will hardly be able to enjoy and be at peace.
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Apart from giving you some privacy and security, you can also leverage the fencing of your balcony for aesthetics. Depending on your budget, you can choose between custom and standard designs to suit your style.
Another way to level up your balcony is by making it as luxurious as possible with fabulous balcony furniture. No matter what design your balcony has, there’s always the right chairs, tables, and more to elevate the space.
Think of your balcony as your haven or sanctuary where all your decorating dreams can run wild. Find furniture that speaks to you instead of worrying about practicalities. You may choose from a variety of themes such as cozy, traditional, rustic, bohemian, contemporary, eclectic, and many more!
5. Keep it simple
At the end of the day, you’d want a balcony that is simple but elegant. As previously mentioned, form follows function. You must consider efficient space planning before executing the rest.
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Simple does not translate to bland. Instead, simple means efficient, functional, and comfortable. It also doesn’t imply that your balcony has to be generic—you can personalize your balcony to your taste and personality and incorporate all the elements you desire while maintaining its simplicity in terms of arrangement and design.
The art of making it simple lies in achieving elegance without having to complicate it.
Author Bio: Geri Pacleb is the head of Public Relations for Federal Land, Inc. She graduated from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas with a degree in Communication, and specialized in public relations.