Article from the 2016-03-22, by Anja Beckmann
The days are getting longer; the sun finds its way more often through the clouds. The warmth of the first sun rays makes you look forward to the summer - and to mild evenings in the open air! Time to cover the grey, bald balcony with winter charm with a summer coat. With our five ideas for the design of the balcony, you easily create a personal free air oasis on your balcony in the middle of the city in no time at all.
Before you go to work, it is necessary to eliminate the last tracks of winter: empty plant pots, bottles, sport shoes and everything that has accumulated over the cold months, need to be cleared away. Then a simple sweep is enough and makes room for new decor!
How you arrange your balcony, depends on various factors: the size, the alignment, the purpose and the preferred style.
The most important point: How big is your balcony? Even small two square meter balconies offer lots of possibilities. Measure your balcony accurately, so you know how much space is available. You find the measurements of our balcony furniture and accessories in our shop on the respective product pages.
Which direction is your balcony oriented to? South facing balconies score with lots of sunlight, this means wooden furniture can quickly dry after rain. In case your balcony is aligned to the North you should look for weatherproof furniture, made of, for example, aluminum.
Both - size and orientation - are also determining the use. There is often not enough space on the balcony to accommodate flowers and a vegetable patch, as well as a corner for a meal outside and a sun terrace at the same time. A sun lounger is ideal for South balconies, on East balconies it is wonderful to start the day with a delicious breakfast at a bistro table with matching chairs.
As soon as the framework conditions have been clarified, we come to the most beautiful issue, the question of optics: Which style should it be - rustic, purist or colorful? As soon as you have answered these questions for yourself, you can assess our five balcony ideas.
Designers around the world have grappled with the challenges of urban life and designed furniture that offer maximum comfort in a small space - perfect for small balconies. The Vendia series by Skagerak is compact, but appears very classy, thanks to the wood and the soft shape. The chairs can be folded and therefore be stored in a space-saving way in winter. Even if it doesn't look like it: the little wooden chair is extremely comfortable!
Covering very little space, poufs are a nice alternative to chairs. They are space-saving and nevertheless spread a lounge atmosphere. In an appropriate height, weatherproof stools like the Lucca cube by Jan Kurtz can be used as a table. Otherwise, folding tables are perfect for small balconies. When folded they create space to go through or for an additional chair, unfolded, they offer space for breakfast, coffee or dinner. The manufacturer Fermob offers compact tables and Bistro chairs in varied designs and many colors.
For those who have more space available, outdoor chairs and large tables are the best option. The sixties collection by Fermob made of colored aluminum offers plenty of comfort despite the airy exterior. The weatherproof lounge furniture by Sitting Bull and Fatboy literally invite you to relax and sun bath.
Plants break up the balcony furniture, offer cheerful color accents, serve as privacy and hide unsightly railings and walls if necessary. Just when not much space is available, planting bags are the products of choice. Bacsac's planting bags are made of 100% recyclable geotextile and are breathable, UV resistant and frost-resistant. Because they cling to soil and plant, they occupy very little space in contrast to bulky plant pots on the railing. The pots of the manufacturer rephorm are positioned on the balcony railing just like a saddle - half inside, half outside the balcony - and therefore take half the space.
Those who still have room inside of the railing can complement the window boxes with some colorful planting bags and pots along the edge of the balcony. Different containers, and various species of plants - shrubs and small trees, tomato plants, wild climbing flowers and herbs - create a cheerful, summery image.
Tip: Position some plants vertically. It saves space and provides beautiful interruptions on the wall. The vertical garden by urbanature and the Xpot by Edition Compagnie allow to plant flowers vertically in a row.
In the apartment, rugs provide for coziness for a long time already. Have you ever thought of putting a rug on the balcony? Fatboy and Objekten offer various, weather-resistant outdoor rugs that thanks to its highly durable material are resistant to rain and dirt. Especially in connection with poufs, low tables and colorful outdoor cushions, a comfortable lounge area is created. By the way, cushions are also a must for any garden chair and bench! Find weatherproof cushions, blankets and pads In our outdoor textiles section. The fabrics are UV-resistant and can be simply wiped and cleaned with a damp cloth.
With the one or the other accessory, you put the finishing touches to your private balcony. Set your garden table beautifully - with table mats, colorful dishes and a flower on it - in a summer vase or in a beautiful flowerpot. The Origo collection especially summery appear the Origo collection by Iittala and the fabulous dishes of Bjørn Wiinblad. Those who like more simple designs, can set spring-like accents with the pastel Emma series by Stelton. By the way: the place mats by Fermob are also suitable for outdoor use. They consist of TOG, a technical outdoor fabric made of coated polyester, and like that are very sturdy and easy to clean.
A side table or serving trolley is a practical as well as decorative addition to your garden furniture - as storage for utensils, Grill accessories and food, or as a table for flowers. While the block side cart by Normann Copenhagen needs to be put inside again in the evening, the trolley by fermob is especially suitable for the outdoor use.
A bird feeder is not only a beautiful balcony decoration, it also provides for cheerful singing visits. Unusual forms and modern materials make the classic "Nesting box" a decorative design object. The Birdy birdhouse by Eternit has nothing in common with the conventional wooden houses and is merely a beautiful piece of art.
BBQ masters have only been waiting for this: a barbecue rounds off the balcony facilities. Perfectly suitable for the small room on the balcony is for example the table grill by Eva solo.
The right light is especially important for the atmosphere just when the dusk falls. Therefore, light is better not neglected in the design of a balcony and the balcony decoration. A flame offers the most natural light and is therefore the light source of choice. Rather than classic candles and candle holders you should choose lanterns and oil lamps. Lanterns protect the flame from wind thanks to their shape - it is mostly surrounded by glass. Due to the wick soaked in oil, oil lamps are generally insensitive to draughts.
You see, decorating and styling your balcony is not all that difficult. Much can be done with a few simple steps, some balcony ideas and the right accessories. Create your own urban oasis!
Article from the 2016-03-22, by Anja Beckmann