Don’t let your balcony go to waste
Your balcony can be more than an outdoor storage area, or that place you exile guests who want a quick smoke. There are a number of simple, inexpensive things you can do to create an attractive outdoor area that is appealing no matter the time of year.
Let there be light. First things first – you gotta be able to see out there, and be seen. Many balconies come with an outlet where you can plug in decorative lights. There are plenty of options that go beyond standard Christmas lights. If not, don’t jury-rig an unsightly power cord through the window – get solar powered lighting, it’s not expensive and does the trick (and saves on power bills).
Have a seat. You probably don’t have a lot of room to work with, but there is a lot you can do with a little furniture, or furniture that is little. A hammock is a popular choice for relaxing, get a small bistro table and two chairs if you want company. If soaking up some rays is your thing, then a lounge chair is right up your alley.
Accents. Start with a floor plan, i.e. a plan for the floor. An outdoor rug is a great way to dress up dull concrete, and they happen to be very affordable. Then work the walls with an outdoor canvas or garden-designed décor. If you have room and a desire to really work some magic, add in a small water feature. For cold-weather locales a small biofuel fireplace is a perfect, romantic touch.
From Better Home and Garden
How does your garden grow? We have talked about balcony gardens here before, but it bears repeating… they are awesome! For extra-tiny spaces, be sure to use corner stands, stackable containers, and hanging hooks to get the most from what little square footage you have.