How beautiful it is to walk through the city and suddenly find yourself with a little paradise on the heights of a building. Those balconies full of charm that look where you look are perfect. Many have ever dreamed of a wonderful garden or a terrace in conditions to enjoy the sunny days in the open air but in the absence of bread … Good are cakes! So today we are going to be inspired to get our mini urban balcony to become the most fantastic place in the whole city with some ideas to decorate charming small balconies. Do you come with me?
Before letting ourselves be blinded by incredible images of wonderful balconies, we are going to analyze 5 important points to consider before we start designing the decoration of our balcony :
Decorate charming small balconies: 5 steps
Do not forget the floors
In the first place, the floor is an element that when we prepare our balcony we usually forget and yet it can help us to create a more cozy and paradisiacal corner with very little.
There are balconies with great floors that do not need to touch because they already fulfill their function by themselves but we can always finish the space with a nice carpet that adds a bit of color and allows us to relax barefoot in the sun. The carpets are very good but you have to choose models suitable for outdoor or remove them after use to prevent deterioration with rain, as long as we do not have a protected area of water.
If we have a floor that does not fit aesthetically, is deteriorated or we want to give it a new air, we can opt for more elaborate but simple options such as placing artificial turf. It will allow us to get cooler environments where the green will be the absolute protagonist but if we look for a more natural, warm and cozy effect I advise you without doubt the option of removable wooden tiles to start enjoying your balcony.
However few they are … put plants!
How not? What is a balcony without plants? I understand that plants require care and dedication and not everyone can or is not willing to do it. So even if you do not fill the balcony with thousands of different species I advise you to put at least a couple or three of them that are easy to maintain and do not require much care. If on the other hand you like plants as much as I do … observe the conditions that occur on your balcony and look for species that adapt to it. Does the sun give much or on the contrary rather shadow?
Furniture to enjoy
Before setting out to design your balcony, think about what activity you would like to do in it . Will you use it to read? To have breakfast and dinner in company? To draw? Chat and drink? Depending on what we plan to do on our balcony, we will look for furniture that suits our needs.
To eat we will look for a high and small table with a comfortable chair that we can complement with some outdoor cushion. To read a hammock, a rocking chair, a swing or some tilted chairs that are comfortable for us to enjoy reading will be good options, while if our idea is to create a chill out area to chat and have a drink, we will look for floor cushions, benches or wide armchairs that fit into our space with a low table to support our drinks.
Take care of the details
It will seem silly and many times we do not even realize it but if they are, those details will make a difference. Depending on the use you want to give your balcony and the style you choose for decoration some special element to complete the decoration will go great. A vintage watering machine, Arab inspired lanterns for your chill out area, a garland of light for those summer dinners or colored grinders for the plants of your small garden will turn your balcony into a very special corner.
One of the reasons why we sometimes do not use the balcony is the lack of privacy. With this in mind we can decorate our balcony so that we can create a more intimate space in which to relax peacefully. There are some simple tricks like strategically placing the plants so that you cover the most susceptible areas to be seen but if our balcony is one of those that is open everywhere … we can opt for other more practical options such as meshes, wicker fences , cane or bamboo or the lattices where we can place a climbing plant and look for a more natural look.
There are many possibilities offered by the balcony and you have to know how to take advantage of it as an extension of our house. However small it may be, why not enjoy it?
Surely thinking, thinking … we find some activity that relaxes us and we would like to do on our balcony so let’s find it! before we get down to work.
An urban kitchen garden on the balcony
Besides being a relaxing, pleasant and satisfying activity, you always get results which is very motivating. It is perfect for all ages and especially for the little ones who discover about the plant world, they learn to eat everything and it is also very healthy. I do not know about you but it makes me especially excited to eat a tomato or some strawberries that I have planted myself and although it seems it is not so complicated, it only requires water and a little dedication.
The most important thing for the garden is to have deep containers that allow our vegetables to grow. There are already standard orchards that we can buy or opt for homemade and recycled solutions such as bottles, wooden boxes or pallets. Here is a bit of inspiration in case you dare:
Although the ideal would be a specific terrain for it, the truth is that on the balcony we can also make a small garden for domestic use. There are some species that are very easy to care for and then very grateful. If not we also have the possibility to play with aromatic plants so I encourage you to inform you a little about the world of urban gardens and try some plant this Spring! If you are interested I leave a link where I bought mine and where you can find a lot of information and everything you need to get started .
Plants for small balconies
If you have a botanical soul and you dream of a garden full of flowers and colorful butterflies, you can use your balcony to create a small vegetable paradise. Apart from conventional pots, today there are endless possibilities to fill our balcony of plants without taking up much space. Stairs, hanging pots, trolleys, shelves, pots on the railing to decorate small balconies with charm You choose!
Summer breakfasts and romantic dinners on the balcony
If we like to eat outdoors without a doubt, we must turn the balcony into the most beautiful restaurant in the city. A breakfast enjoying the first rays of the morning sun, a mid-morning snack or the most romantic dinner in the world, is possible if we combine the essential elements with great care.
What can not be missed in any case, is a small table to eat and a couple of chairs that we can make more comfortable with some outdoor cushions. For dinners, candles, elegant lanterns or a garland of lights suitable for outdoor will help us to bring that most magical touch to our personal restaurant.
Decorate narrow balconies to enjoy reading
In rather narrow balconies we can also play with the width to create a relaxation and reading area. So dedicate one of the ends of the space to create an area to accommodate and read.
Other equally valid options if we fit is to play with armchairs, benches, rockers, floor cushions, hammocks, swings or reclining seats, depending on the configuration of your space.
Corner chill out on the heights
To end the day and relax under the stars, chatting with friends or taking something fresh … How about we put a small corner chill out on the balcony? A few pales to the floor, a mountain of cushions or sofas that provide us comfort, as well as some decorative accessories, ambient lighting or a low table to support drinks will be the key elements to start with your chill out decoration.