Have you ever romanticized about possessing an Eden of your own? Most city homes abbreviate in size, but even a sliver of an outdoor space can do a great deal. There’s nothing more fulfilling than having a balcony in your busy city apartment, especially in times like this, where the whole nation is under lockdown. For those residing in metropolitan cities, having a well-designed balcony amidst the concrete jungle could mean a literal paradise. A balcony is an ultimate place for spending an evening watching a sunset, sipping a cup of coffee, and socializing. 

To make such little joyous experiences memorable, here are a few tips that you need to revamp your balcony.

20 Easy Ways to upgrade your balconies (interior design)

1. Garden of Eden

Since balcony gardens have spatial constraints, you must plan your layout effectively, like the layout of placements such as where you would want the plants, seating. Also, make sure that the plants that require maximum sunlight are placed and positioned accordingly. If the balcony only has space for standing, one can grow flowering climbers on railings. From growing vertical plants on the wall to having Mediterranean tiles on some section of your garden, there’s no extent to how creative you can get!

Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden

2. White delight

Summers can be hard on all of us- the world seems dreary; food doesn’t taste the same, and a general feeling of irritability sets in as we are self-isolated. Hence, white zen can give a soothing delight to our mind and mood. The natural light coupled with the pristine white backdrop gives an easy-breezy vacation vibe to the balcony.

White delight

3. Reading nook

There are probably very few activities that you do in your little balcony. Reading is one such classic activity that can be done in the balcony while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. So, why not convert your haven into a reading nook? Tiny reading nooks and light-filled alcoves offer ideas for spaces to escape into. Spruce it up with an accent chair that’s big enough to curl up in but small enough not to overwhelm the space.

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4. Bring in some nature 

Visually there could be nothing worse than a bare outdoor space. The flora soothes the mind as well as the body and transforms a home’s atmosphere by improving health and spreading a feeling of wellbeing. Adding them to a balcony brings in fresh oxygen and filtered air. Vertical gardens are a great addition. Use cost-effective brackets and top them with marble or ceramic tiles to rest your pots on. Hanging pots or grill gardens are again a great way to bring an outdoor feel to the smallest of spaces. 

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5. Pinch of Ethnic 

Bring desi quotient to your balcony by giving some ethnic touch. You can add ethnic cushions, poufs, T-light holders, pebbles, and an urli with floating flowers accentuate the overall look.

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6. Invite some art

Giving your balcony artistry feel that engages you into a creative maze. Paint your wall or feature your wall with a mural, artistic pieces, paintings. You can also add sculptural pieces to give a statement artistic feel to the balcony.

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©Gokul Rao Kadam
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©Gokul Rao Kadam

7. Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are a great accessory to invest in when you’re redoing your balcony. It is a great way to add visual interest to a dull outdoor floor-without splurging.

Outdoor Rugs

8. Light it up

Add a little atmosphere to your outdoor space with decorative string lights. Lighting is always a good idea for that perfect cozy date with your loved one or has some fine wine with your friends. Lighting is essential if you tend to use your balcony after hours. Create soft-focus lighting with lanterns, candles, and string lights. 

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9. Privacy Screens

Bring the comfort of indoors outside! Privacy screens in the form of pergolas, or bamboo sheets, or even hanging creepers are some of the ways you can give your balcony a pinch of privacy! Raise your balcony railings to use as support for planters and grow a floral barrier.

Privacy Screens

10. Swing it up!

There’s something inherently special about porch swings. We love the idea of a free-standing egg chair swing or a hammock for that easy-breezy vibe of an afternoon. Swings stand up on their own, they don’t take up too much room, and if there’s a storm brewing, you can easily pick it up and carry it inside. 

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Jinal is an architect whose goal is to create a vibrant time machine through her photography and writing for everyone to revisit some of the aspects of life. She is forever inspired by the nuances of nature and by the underpinning ideas of works of art.