Adore Your Balcony With Trendy Balcony Decorating Ideas

Would you not fancy a crisply decorated balcony that can be a great entertaining, cozy place midst verdant plants and shimmering sunset? Behold and lo, this is not just an imagination, as this can be your own balcony. Not many of us are quite fanciful when it comes to decorating our balconies, in fact most of us treat our balconies like a store room by dumping all the daily utilities. Here are some outstanding ideas to convert your dingy balcony into a pleasant abode.

#1 Examine your balcony: Is your balcony too small? What is the shape of your balcony? Features like the size, shape, flooring and the ratio of the covered area in your balcony should be determined before you even plan to refurbish it. In case your balcony is too small, plan on the refurbishing part in a limited manner. Likewise the number of things to be placed in a small balcony can be constricted to just two or three.

#2 Ponder over your balcony style: Make a list of all the themes you can possibly convert your balcony in to. Refer various online sites to get an idea of the apartment themes. Based on the chosen theme, you can select the furnishings, accessories, floras and other objects to be placed in the balcony. However, if you can customize your own themes as per your convenience, try incorporating spaces for barbeque, a cosy slumber place or perhaps an elegant entertainment space. At the same, if you are staying in a rental space, get to know the do’s and dont’s for balcony decoration from your landlord.

#3 Planning out-and-out: Even before you decide to redesign your balcony, consider what impact would your balcony decoration have on your neighbors, likewise your dripping pot plants and the thick foliage in your balcony possibly infested with insects might really be a concern to them. Also the frequent dampness from watering your plants might rile them too.

#4 Create your own balcony kitchen garden: Who says that a balcony cannot be converted in to a small vegetable garden? Although it might seem unusual, you can increase your greens by having a flower bed, a vegetable garden or a herb garden in your balcony. Cultivate a mixture of perennials, herbs and seasonal delights midst an apt seating arrangement in your balcony. To cultivate larger plants in your balcony you can follow terrace garden techniques to secure your building as well as your plants. However, remember to place plants which need ample amount of sunlight on a raised platform. Ensure to secure your plants to the railing or any other sturdy surface so as to avoid them crashing on to your neighbor’s balcony or on the road.

#5 Place trendy furniture: If you wish to make your balcony an entertaining space, a barbeque or a slumber space, pick up a pair of wicker chairs and a small coffee table. If your balcony is quite spacious, you can place a weather proof sofa, hammock or a cot to sit back and indulge in nature. Add charm to your balcony by installing a bird feeder which will attract more birds and make your balcony a heavenly abode. Avoid placing too many things in your balcony and ensure that the furniture and the plant containers are matching or are a plethora of trendy colors. If you prefer to keep your neighbor’s peek away from your balcony, you can cover the exposed side of the balcony with colorful fabrics/ weather proof blinds which can blend well with the walls and the floor.

#6 Apt balcony lighting: Adding the right kind of lighting in your balcony gives you your desired thematic look. Look for electrical outlets in your balcony or add extensions if you do not have any. Do not install expensive lights and instead install a low wattage, warm colored bulb to illuminate specific areas or make your own customized lights which can dangle from your balcony ceiling. Apart from bulbs, you can add colorful Christmas lights on the plants/ railings, or simply decorate your balcony with small tailored garden lights or wall lights. However, if there is no electricity available in your balcony, you can lighten up your balcony with scented candles, do not forget to put them off before you leave your balcony.

#7 Paint the balcony walls: Your balcony walls can be fashioned in innumerable ways blending with the theme. If you have placed multitudinous plants in your balcony, paint the walls with similar colors or have similar shade wall papers. To make your balcony look more spacious and brighter, you can paint the walls with lighter shades with a pinch of brighter colors here and there to match with the furniture and the embellishments.

# 8 Enliven the flooring: Why leave your balcony flooring looking mangled and uneven midst the well adorned space? Give your balcony a sophisticated look by installing wooden flooring, which will also be easy to maintain. You can also opt for stone flooring, rubber flooring, plastic flooring or simply cover the most utilized areas of recreation with sturdy rugs. Having an appropriate flooring cover not just makes your balcony an apartment space, but also gives a chic visage.

# 9 Personalize your balcony: Add final touches to your balcony by unleashing your creative skills and making the space more personalized and more thyself. Hang memorable or family pictures along with calendars, wall arts and other paraphernalia required in the balcony. However ensure that all of these are weather and water proof. In case your balcony has a hammock installed, mount a bookshelf on the wall to keep your favorite volumes.

Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening

People choose balcony, patio, and courtyard gardening for many different reasons. Some are moving from a large house to smaller accommodation, some don’t want the hassle of a large property, and some chose to live in rental property to avoid the high-cost of owning a home. Whatever the reason, this doesn’t mean we can’t garden. No space is too small for a small space garden. One plant in a container is a garden. In fact, ever more gardening options are available in terms of pots, half-barrels, window boxes, troughs, cast-iron planters, recycled materials – the list is unending with possibilities.

Planning a Small Space Garden

When planning your small space garden several steps are fundamental. The first consideration is to determine what purpose this space will serve. Do you want to grow vegetables, herbs, entertain family and friends, meditate, create a place of peace, healing, a memorial garden – the list is endless. Next, walk around your space and really look at what you have. Where are doors, sheds, permanent planters located? Is there any clutter? Clear out the clutter by asking yourself: ‘Do I love it? Have I used it in the past year?’ If it no longer serves you, turf it out, paint it or fix it, give it to somebody who needs it.

If possible, take a chair and sit down, move it around, and think about where the energy feels best for you. Wherever that is, place your seating such as a park bench, lounge, Muskoka chairs, dining furniture, swing, etc. Do you want a formal or informal setting? What features do you want? Features such as water, flowers, vegetables, herbs, wind chimes, wild life, colour, etc. add the finishing touches to your small space garden. Finally, make a plan particularly if you are going to use large features such as a half-barrel. Once filled with soil you will not want to be moving it.

Creating a Small Space Garden

Containers. Generally speaking natural materials such as wood, clay, stone, or cast iron in all their forms make better companions for plants. Remember that wet soil weighs a lot so if you garden on a balcony weight restrictions may apply. Containers made from lighter weight materials such as fibreglass are ideal for roof or balcony gardens. Styles of containers include hanging baskets, wirework stands and baskets, wood window boxes, sinks, troughs, galvanized buckets, old shoes or boots, bathtubs, old tires, and all manner of recycled objects.

Scale. Scale is extremely important in small space gardening. For example, small plants look more balanced in small containers, large plants in large containers. I especially like the effect of vines growing on trellis in half-barrels with smaller plants edging the container. In the half-barrels I use, I have grown many different vines but have found that the effect of scarlet runner pole beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) is really a knockout with their gorgeous red flowers and you can eat them too.

Microclimates. Which plants prefer which location? Choose plants according to the conditions suitable for their optimum growth. Plants such as begonia (Begonia x semperflorens), coleus (Coleus x hybridous), and Fuchsia (Fuchsia x hybrida) prefer shaded areas while geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum), marigolds (Tagetes erecta), and petunia (Petunia x hybrida) prefer full sun. Wind can be a major factor and damage fragile plants. Choose plants that are wind tolerant such as many of the grasses; the sound of the rustling of the grasses as the wind blows through them is very pleasing to the ear.

Soil. I buy pre-mixed potting soil from the garden centers or shopping malls. These are generally lighter in weight to carry, sterilized to prevent weed seeds from germinating, and contain a lot of peat moss that helps loosen the soil so that it doesn’t compact in pots. I also buy organic soil that doesn’t have artificial chemicals added as I dump my pots of used soil into the garden where I grow vegetables.

Watering. Check daily as container plants often dry out more quickly. This is especially true if you are using clay pots. Make sure pots have drainage holes, as roots sitting in water will rot. When there has been excessive rain or water, empty saucers that are full. If you garden on a balcony sit plants on something to catch the water so that it doesn’t run down on your neighbours.

Fertiliser. Due to frequent watering, container plants require fertiliser on a more consistent basis then plants in the ground do. Use organic fertilisers such as blood meal, bone meal, or fish emulsion, particularly if the soil is going to be added to the garden at the end of the season, as chemical fertilisers harm the wildlife.

Function. When you are creating your small space garden you are actually designing an outdoor room. Keep in mind that this can be colour co-ordinated to appear as an extension of your home. I move my indoor plants outside for the summer (which they love) and design these areas as garden rooms.

Focal point. Create a focal point such as a large pot, tall plant or tree, colour, or a water feature. Perennial vines such as Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) will grow in a large container and come back year after year. Create a sense of mystery by hiding a plant or ornament behind something else to give the pleasure of discovering it.

Colour. In a small space, use three colours such as pinks, blues, and whites; reds, oranges, and yellows; reds, whites, and blues; or reds, whites, and purples that provide continuity rather than too many colours which tend to be distracting. Cool colours make the space appear bigger and brighter while intense colours shrink spaces. A white and green colour theme called a ‘moon garden’ is more formal and particularly at night is spectacular. Many white flowers are fragrant at night as well.

Lighting. I especially like the small Xmas lights hidden in plants and interwoven throughout a trellis with climbing vines. Up lighting with small spotlights can focus attention on a particular area for evening entertaining.

Creating Your Own Garden in Small Spaces

Anyone can have a garden, even those apartment dwellers living in the smallest apartments. If you have a balcony, all you need is a little imagination and patience, and a bit of a green thumb and you too can have a pocket garden worth bragging about.

The balcony is actually the most underused space in an apartment and it’s precious space for wannabe gardener. No matter how small your balcony may be, it’s adequate space to support a number of potted plants. But there should be some order in the way the planters are arranged, or the overall space could end up looking cluttered. One could also hang a few pots from the balcony roof and walls, but don’t go overboard and make the balcony look like a tropical jungle.

Bigger balconies can also serve as a seating area – a perfect place to relax after a day at work. just remember to use light furniture as moving it around can be a backbreaking task in bad weather.
Even if your apartment doesn’t boast an extended balcony, there’s nothing to worry about. When it comes to gardens, size doesn’t really seem to matter and even the smallest square can support a mini-kitchen garden.

You can grow everything from tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant to oranges, all in pots. Admittedly, this is a bit more challenging than having just a few ferns and flowers. If you’re not willing to work that hard for fresh fruit and vegetables, consider growing your own herb garden. It’s the best option. Herbs can be grown in planters, needing just water and sunlight.

If you still feel that the balcony is too small, there’s one more option. Create the illusion of open space. A crystal-clear sliding glass door between the room and balcony along with continuous flooring between the spaces can achieve the look of wider-open spaces without costing you a fortune.

Growing an apartment-friendly garden on your balcony isn’t hard by any means. All it takes is a little bit of time. You’ll be proud of yourself for the work that you’ve created and the beauty that’s right outside your apartment – no matter how far up you are. From the second floor to the fifteenth and beyond – a beautiful garden could just be only a few steps from your door.