One of the biggest benefits of having a balcony instead of a garden is that it’s relatively quick to spruce up. It also makes it possible for those living in apartments to enjoy their own private outdoor space when they otherwise wouldn’t easily be able to in London.
Whilst we have a fantastic selection of spacious and luxury apartments in London with incredible and breath-taking views over central London, the generous balcony space provides more room to enjoy the great outdoors and store tools, bikes and gardening equipment, amongst other ways in which you can make the most of your balcony space.
So whether you just want a space to grow a few plants, or you want to create something really special, here are some ideas to inspire you this summer.
1) Relax under the stars
Who needs a table and chairs when you could have a cosy set-up like this instead? To create your own relaxation spot on your balcony, all you need is a couple of large floor cushions and some soft, cosy throw pillows grabbed from your living room sofa on your way out to the balcony.
2) When in doubt, add fairy lights
There’s no escaping the fact that adding a twinkly and mesmerising string of fairy lights makes everything look and feel better with a calming ambiance. From a practical perspective, fairy lights add a little soft light that enables you to stay outside that bit longer – something we actively encourage in the summer months.
3) Turn your balcony into your living room
Balconies no longer have to just be about a table and chairs. Take the inside out and recreate your living room on the balcony, so you have a comfortable area to crash outdoors during the summer months and enjoy a place to eat al-fresco in the warmer months.
4) Hire a professional
The Balcony Gardeners are London based gardening experts who have been transforming small outdoor spaces since 2009. However large or small your balcony space is, they can maximise the potential which is best suited for your lifestyle with an innovative and fresh approach to garden design and gardening. If you need a helping hand, get in touch and they’ll help you make the most out of your balcony.
5) Create a living wall
There’s nothing hipper than a living wall these days, but these statement pieces are more than just a fashion statement. Living walls are sustainable, flexible and completely adaptable for small spaces like a balcony. Typically adorned with natural greenery foliage, living walls can also display beautiful peonies, hydrangeas or even a herb garden for those with a love for cooking.
6) Hidden storage
Make your balcony space work harder with versatile furniture that can also be used for storage but can be transformed into other pieces of useful furniture or tidied away easily. We adore this set of bar stools that can be stacked and a table doubles up as a handy drinks cooler on a hot summer’s day!
7) Think beyond flowers
If you have hayfever or think flowers are too high-maintenance for your taste, think beyond traditional planters and grow a fresh herb garden instead. It will look pretty, smell great and as an added bonus you’ll be making some delicious dinners with your balcony rosemary, basil and mint!
How Can We Help?
We hope these ideas have helped inspire you to create your own little balcony nook this summer.
If you’re interested in any of our luxury London apartments, our friendly team at JOHNS&CO are on hand to help you every step of the way. Whether you are looking to sell, rent, buy or invest, please get in touch with us for more information.
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