Big or small, your balcony has great potential. With a touch of creativity and a splash of inspiration, you can transform it into a stunning retreat that reflects your style and enhances your living experience. And these balcony decor ideas will be sure to create a personal oasis where you can unwind, entertain, and bask in the beauty of the great outdoors.
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If you’re a nature lover, you’ll appreciate everything this five-bedroom home (pictured) has to offer. Set in the exclusive Dainfern Golf Estate, residents are treated to water features, natural rocky outcrops, indigenous trees, and abundant wildlife sightings on a daily basis.
There’s no better way to enjoy the view than from one of the balconies of this exceptional home. Clear-panel balustrades offer unhindered views across the estate and to the sparkling pool below. In keeping with the rest of the home, the owner has used a modern contemporary aesthetic and furnishings. As you step onto the artificial turf flooring on one balcony, you are greeted by a sleek white Acapulco chair, perfect for relaxation and contemplation. A charming pot plant with a simple succulent adds a touch of natural beauty to the space.
According to Philip and Kirsten Myburgh, the home’s property practitioners, homeowners should aim to make the most of their balconies as an additional living space. “It’s always nice to sit and take in the view while having a sundowner. For the decor, you should let it reflect the styling of your home for consistency and keep it as minimalistic as possible to avoid a cluttered look.”
How can you decorate your balcony?
Your balcony is the place to let your creativity flow. It can act as an extension of your main living space or be your own private oasis. If you’re part of a sectional title scheme, be sure to follow the rules of your body corporate when putting together your decor scheme.
Furniture: Use multifunctional furniture and folding furniture to get the most out of your space. Also, consider installing built-in seating and table stands so you won’t have to worry about winds knocking it down. A hanging chair, egg-shaped chair, and hammock are balcony favourites for a whimsical touch. As a budget-friendly option, you can repurpose garden furniture or extra indoor pieces for your space. Toss in comfortable throws, floor pillows, and soft cushions and voila — an inviting space emerges!
Walls and flooring: The materials you use can make a huge change to the foundation of your balcony. Deck wood, concrete flooring, printed tiles, artificial turf, and panels can change your look. Also, look to outdoor rugs and carpets to add a pop of colour and some bohemian-chic appeal to your space.
Greenery: Since your balcony opens up to the outdoors, making it a green space is a great decor idea. You can add potted plants, hanging baskets, and vertical gardens. Hanging planters along your balcony railing also maximises space while giving your home some extra curb appeal. Also, you don’t need to stick to flowers, succulents, trailing vines, and potted shrubs. Set up a herb or vegetable garden for a practical space or create a Zen meditation corner with rock, gravel, sand, and wood for a tranquil ambience.
Lighting: At night, let your balcony come alive with good lighting. Add hanging or overhead lights, string fairy lights or lanterns, and place candles or solar-powered LED lights on tables to create a magical and enchanting atmosphere for evening gatherings or stargazing.
Art: Add food for the soul with some thoughtfully chosen pieces around your balcony. Mirrors reflect outdoor views, decorative baskets provide more storage, and vertical wall art adds visual interest. You can use sealed canvas prints that are water resistant, place in stone or wooden statues, or decorate with mementoes from your holiday like shells and figurines. Even furniture can add imaginative flourishes; for example, balcony decorators have used wooden palette furniture with pops of colour to create functional, sustainable, and thoroughly beautiful spaces.
Shade and cover: For extra privacy, you can add tall plants like bamboo, screens, or shades against your balustrade. You can weatherproof your balcony with a retractable awning, shade sail, or canopy. An umbrella can make a statement on your balcony while also being easy on your budget.
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And what could be more enticing than a wonderfully decorated balcony? If you’re looking for a home complete with this feature, Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty, the best real estate company in South Africa, is here to help. We have a wide range of properties to choose from and local expertise within your area. Contact us today and we will help you find the home of your dreams.