Is your outdoor area ready for the summer? Today we give you a few important tips on how to design your balcony and make it much more comfortable. Even small and narrow balconies can look spacious with little effort and, above all, appear inviting and homely. Check out how easy it is below!
Prepare your balcony for summer!
First, rinse your balcony with soapy water
Now that the cold winter days are over, it’s time to really tidy up your balcony. First, make it completely empty as far as possible. Move all the plants, planters and even furniture to another location and clean them up. Grab a bucket of hot soapy water and a sponge and get started. Scrub the floor, check your railings, clean them too. It is one of the best balcony renovation ideas that is also the cheapest.
Reorganize your balcony
Once everything is completely clean and dry. Bring your things back to the balcony. But try to organize things differently this time. Hang the lanterns somewhere else, swap the places of the planters. And put the chairs across from each other instead of side by side. This way the arrangement will look new and very refreshing to you. This is also one of the easiest to implement balcony design ideas.
A few new elements such as a palm tree or a wall decoration made of sisal provide that certain something
Cover the balcony floor
If your balcony has an uncomfortable concrete floor, you can make it much more pleasant, for example with hardwood click tiles. These are very easy to lay and have an extremely pleasant feel. Artificial grass is another pretty clever solution. Depending on the quality, such a floor covering has a lot of advantages. You should have this cut according to the balcony dimensions and then simply put it on yourself. An artificial grass feels very soft underfoot and requires no maintenance, which is a real plus.
So you feel like you are on a green, fresh summer meadow
If you want a cheaper option, you can also cover the floor with a rug. It will definitely be a quicker way to dress up the balcony and can also add some color and pattern to the decor. Make sure the rug is easy to clean and suitable for outdoor use.
If your balcony is completely covered, you can also use carpets made from conventional textiles
Choosing the right balcony furniture
It’s generally a good idea to choose a folding table and chairs if you have a small balcony. Use padded seats for more comfort and play with colors and patterns. Our current favorites are functional table and chair sets from Ikea. But there are numerous other manufacturers who offer cheap and high-quality balcony furniture in a wide variety of designs, styles and colors. If you like DIY, you can even build original DIY furniture yourself from Euro pallets or plywood.
How about a creative mini couch, for example?
Design the balcony and add an atmospheric decoration
Depending on the furnishing style, various home accessories and decorations are suitable for beautifying your balcony. Colorful lanterns with ethnic motifs, ceramic bowls with a handmade look or colorful textiles are just a few of the numerous elements that you can use when designing the balcony.
It’s so easy to set up a boho balcony, for example
Design the balcony: pillow, pillow, pillow
Using cushions of all kinds is another way to decorate the balcony area in a homely way. In combination with other color accents, throw pillows emphasize all other colors that are already present on the terrace. Floor cushions are also quite popular and a welcome touch on warm summer evenings.
If you like it more subtle, you can choose cushions in beige or stripes
Create a clever storage space
Having more opportunities for activities on your balcony encourages the use of the whole space. Books, magazines and speakers offer an authentic opportunity to practice your favorite indoor hobbies outdoors. Small storage options like shelves, stands, and boxes provide a great way to store other small items and decorations without taking up space.
You can also place the flowers vertically on matching shelves
Select and organize balcony plants
A balcony without plants looks too sterile and drab. Some of the most popular balcony plants are geraniums, petunias, marigolds, and all sorts of herbs and ornamental grasses. Succulents are also quite popular because they are extremely easy to care for. All you have to do is put them in pretty pots. Growing vegetables such as tomatoes and spinach is also a possible alternative for balcony planting that hobby gardeners appreciate.
Cherry tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables for the balcony
The best solution to deal with the lack of space and still hold so many plants is to use a multi-tiered plant stand. Depending on the orientation of the balcony and the weather conditions in your region, you can choose the right balcony plants.
Petunias and geraniums like it sunny, but can also tolerate wind and shade well
Design the balcony with the right lighting
Add some fairy lights and candle holders for the finishing touches. They not only provide warmth and cosiness, but also allow you to spend more time on the balcony after dark. Solar-powered outdoor lighting is highly recommended, as it does not require a socket and is therefore particularly practical. Candle holders and candles of different heights and sizes create a beautiful, romantic ambience. Another nice option is to put some fairy lights in a tall candle holder.
Create a magical atmosphere on your balcony!
We hope that you have enjoyed these balcony design tips and that you will follow at least some of them. Transform your balcony into a serene green space, an oasis of relaxation perfect for chatting over a cup of coffee or al fresco dining.
We wish you a wonderful summer!