Balcony holds a special place in our lives, because it is our window to the world. It is the place where we can lay down and gaze at the stars, bask in the sunny warmth, indulge in hush-hush gossips and kill time by looking around. No wonder it needs to be looked after and decorated in a special way too. Here are some creative ideas.
Garden on wall: According to designer and entrepreneur Ekansh Bansal, ” With the concept of nuclear families becoming more prominent, “balconies” have become more significant in our lives. , I strongly feel that getting a person close to nature increases the scope of him getting close to his inner soul. Hence, wall mounted in balconies gardens are becoming popular. ”
The price for setting up a wall garden varies from Rs 700 to Rs 1000 per square feet and the types of plants can be decided on the basis of the availability of sunshine in the balcony. Drip irrigation system is usually employed in these gardens. For a kitschy and funky look, not just hanging pots, even soft drink cans, old buckets, toy trays and glass and steel jars can be used in planting saplings. Earthen miniatures, bird houses and garden accessories will add a classic look to the decor.
Smart furniture work: If you want to shun the traditional Indian look and optimize space without compromising on looks, go for furniture which is light, portable, contemporary and weather resistant. According to Ashrey Dhawan, Founder & CEO Decoinch.com, “Placing wooden ledged planters and bistro style wrought iron chairs can help you achieve the perfect French look. Your balcony can also hold all the practical items you need. Incorporate a shelving system on the wall to free the floor space.”
But the furniture and design you choose should also take account of your requirements. For example, if your want to use your balcony for lazing around, reading and relaxing, a comfy ottoman will be a great idea. If you are short of space, go for bean bags or small leather couches.”Including a swing in the balcony is a playful idea. This will definitely swing the aesthetics of your balcony to a higher level. You can add more charm to your balcony with a hammock or jhula.” Says, Ujjwal Trikha, Founder and CEO, FurnitureDekho.com.
Investing on basics: A little investment on the basic structure of your balcony will add a greater charm to your creative efforts. “Instead of aluminum & marble railings, have glass railing because it is not just low on maintenance, but also gives a sense of openness. ” says Anupama Bihani, Interior Designer, Mirabel Interior Decor Studio. It is important to pay attention to the wall colour and flooring. For walls, green or yellow or white look best as they give a feeling of closeness with nature. The floor should have weather tiles or normal flooring which is scratch proof.
Trendy decor: The decoration of your balcony should also take into account the current design and decor trends. Include the following for a vibrant look.
– Bird cage: It looks cool, is inexpensive and can be used in multifarious ways. Place some artificial plants in it and hang from the roof, use it as a planter, employ it as a tea light holder or you can also use it as a source of light by placing a colourful bulb amidst some greenery and flowers.
-Hanging lights: Tea lights, specially hanging ones can be used in abundance in your balcony for a warm, inviting look. They will also add a touch of festivity to the decor. Glow bulbs and fairy lights will add a romantic touch to the entire set up.
-Rugs and cushions: Bright coloured rugs and cushions will add richness and glamour to your balcony. Use an electric blend of colours like bright pink, blue, orange and green. Ayush Choudhary, MD, Cocoon Fine Rugs says, “While doing up balconies, I feel the key aspect is to make sure that it is not overly cluttered. Setting up a seating area, with a bright coloured rug and with some pretty potted plants should do the trick. Whites and pastel shades I feel are ideal for balconies and adding a rug to the setting can give rich look. In fact, the area could be built around a statement rug to add that extra character to the setting.”
Covered or uncovered, big or small-the balcony is your space where you can spend your ‘me’ time. So it is important to make this area inviting and snug. Rack your brains and get inspired by these ideas to create your perfect retreat!