Bright ideas for a city balcony

Bright ideas for a city balcony

Living in a city like London usually means that outdoor space is limited, but many people in the capital who live in apartments or flats have access to their very own balcony. If you're lucky enough to have a property that comes with the privilege of a balcony, then you've probably contemplated what it might take to utilise the area effectively and make it as relaxing as possible throughout the entire year.

In a built-up area, these pockets of outdoor space can provide a much-needed escape from the hectic city life, as well as a place to entertain friends and family. If your balcony is crying out for an overhaul and a new lease of life, then luckily for you the team at Barbed have come to the rescue as we've listed a few things you can do to update your balcony and turn it into the perfect outside spot.

Select vibrant outdoor furniture

The colours you choose for your balcony can have a huge effect on the overall vibe and style, helping to add character and portray your own personal taste. There are no specific rules to follow when it comes to selecting colours for your outdoor furniture, as it really does all come down to the colours that you prefer. However, it may be worth considering the bigger picture and taking into account the colours that are already used on the balcony, such as existing furniture or walls that could be re-painted. Also, furniture that is designed for an urban balcony is likely to help you make the best use of available space.

Add colour with plants and flowers

If your balcony requires an injection of energy and fresh life, then finding space for vibrant plants and flowers is a must. They are a very affordable way to brighten up an otherwise dull and bland balcony space, and the vast selection of accessories, pots, planters and stands that are available to house them mean you can choose something that caters to your own personal style. They also act as a natural filter, conveniently adding some protection from the city pollution and toxins.

De-clutter the space

Most of us are guilty of hoarding items to some degree, and things can build up - especially out on a balcony where it may be used less regularly away from the summer months. A simple de-clutter may seem an unexciting chore, but it can work wonders by improving the aesthetic appearance and also potentially sparking inspiration as you may gain fresh ideas about what you could do with your newly available space. Storage solutions are ideal ways to tidy things up and store the items that you can't bare to part with.

Outdoor rugs and scatter cushions

Outdoor rugs, carpets and mats, such as the various styles designed by Pappelina, is a great way to spice up any balcony floor. This is particularly useful if your balcony has a solid concrete floor or bad staining that you just can't shift. Outdoor cushions scattered across the floor can also add a relaxing bohemian feel while creating a unique chill-out area where you can lay down and reenergise, or chat among friends as the sun goes down.

If you're looking for the perfect garden furniture and accessories to bring your balcony to life, then be sure to browse through our collections. You're very welcome to call into one of our showrooms based in Barnes and Chiswick to discuss what may be most suitable for you - we're in London, so we have plenty of ideas when it comes to utilising a small outdoor space!

31st August 2018

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