The problem that many condo owners have when approaching balcony décor is determining how to work with irregular shapes or widths. Many balconies are long but very skinny. Others are wide front to back but short side to side. Typical patio furniture may just not fit the irregular dimensions of your balcony, but the good news is, with a little planning, you can turn your balcony into one of your favorite parts of your new home.
Determine What You Have to Work With
Decide What Is Most Important to You
Will your balcony serve mostly as an outdoor dining space or a quiet reading nook? Will you be putting your feet up to relax or having lively conversations over the morning newspaper? Choose furniture that fits those needs. A long, lounge chair can be slid sideways into a skinny balcony for afternoon naps or weekend reading time, whereas, a small outdoor table and swivel chairs would be better suited for morning breakfast and afternoon hors d’ouevres.
Adding a few small potted plants can transform a boring balcony into a welcoming outdoor space. Even one or two small containers with flowers or greenery can go a long way to making a balcony feel fresh and sophisticated. Be sure and choose plants that will thrive in your balcony’s environment. Consider sun exposure as well as how often you can commit to watering. If your balcony is on an upper level be sure and be courteous to the neighbors below you. Secure your pots and make sure that when watering you don’t inadvertently flood the balcony beneath yours.
Preserve Your View
The biggest mistake most people make when accessorizing their balcony is not preserving their view. Don’t choose furniture that is so high profile that it disturbs the line of sight from inside your condo. After all, there isn’t a piece of furniture on the planet that can compare to the beautiful beaches of the Grand Strand!