Apartment Life – Make the Most of a Balcony

Not everyone has a garden and, let’s be honest, not everyone wants one – just keeping on top of your home’s inside can be enough work without managing the outside.  But if you live in a flat or apartment you might have a balcony or a small amount of private outside space, so here are our top tips for low-maintenance, good-looking balcony projects.

1. Sit Down

If your balcony is used for everything from storage, to clothes drying, furniture may not seem like a practical choice, but if you are dragging out your kitchen stools every time you want some fresh air, think about some foldable furniture that can be stored against the wall when you need the space for something else.

2. Look Down

If your balcony has the oh-so-common grey concrete floor, you could add a bit of personality by adding some decent flooring.  There are so many options that could suit your outside space.  Decking won’t be your first thought as it’s too big and chunky for a wee balony, but you can get decking tiles which look awesome.  Or classic tiles for a ‘chilling on my holidays’ kind of feel.  If your balcony is more exposed and decking or tiles would get slippery, how about artificial grass?! 

3. Calm Down

Make your balcony a place to relax morning and night with some lighting.  Choose something that suits you – coloured or plain; a string of LED skull lights or some candles in lanterns.  Just because it’s outside doesn’t mean you should skimp on the homeware to add personality make it feel like your own space.

4. Brighten Up

Add some colour in a theme that you like whatever suits your home.  Bring it into the balcony with plant pots, cushions, tiles, accessories and prints on the wall.