When it comes to utilization of space, nobody in the entire world could be as economical as us Indians. But let us spend a moment to think if we are compromising taste for the sake of economy. While balconies serve perfectly to hang a clothesline, chat with neighbours and store all the junk, it is also the part of the house that is in full view of everybody. And believe it or not, people do judge books by their covers.
Here are six simple balcony decoration ideas that would make your balcony as beautiful as the rest of your house:
Your personal picnic spot
How about a balcony makeover which makes it a small picnic spot? Impossible, you think? Try this out— hang a hammock from one end of your balcony to the other and pop some cushions on it.
To add to the effect, squeeze in an old wooden table and arrange a dozen or so of your favourite books on it. A splash of green with some potted plants wouldn’t be a bad idea either. There, you have your own relaxing space in the house; all on a shoe-string budget!
Minimalistic, but elegant
Planning a balcony interior design is tricky. You cannot go into a lot of elaborate details owing to factors like dust and lack of space. If you are facing such problems, need not worry. Less is more.
Bring out the delicate you with this modern balcony design idea for which all you need is a chair, a small tea-table, and a pretty little rag. Arrange the chair with the table in a corner and the rag in the next. If you play an instrument like the guitar, you can place it on a stand on the rag and strum away in your moments of solitude.
Canopy never gets old-fashioned
Giving your balcony a royal touch with a little square mattress, velvety cushions, and a small canopy is one of the most innovative apartment balcony ideas. Covering the rest of the floor with a simple carpet in shades like red, blue and green is a great balcony design idea too.
You can also fill the space on the other side with a DIY mirror curtain which will reflect the sunlight and give some sparkle to the setup. Lining the parapet with colourful flowering plants would add to the overall royal Indian effect. After all, a balcony decoration with plants never gets old.
Go nature’s way
In the hustle and bustle of an Indian city, a green spot could be hard to find. Why not make your green spot in the space that is your balcony? It is rather simple to do. All you need are lots and lots of green plants potted innovatively— you can explore options like a tin can, and cold drink plastic bottles cut half from the top.
You can add a sitting arrangement by using two sleek bamboo chairs with tiny green cushions. A green rag is all that is needed to further the soothing effect.
A teeny-tiny library
No balcony decoration could be as pretty as the one which includes some books. Fit in a tiny stand on one corner of your balcony, which is the least likely to be bothered by rain and top it with some books and potted plants.
Add a cosy rocking chair with a rug thrown in at the bottom. You can also use the wall on the side of your apartment to hang framed quotations. Light the setting up with a small lamp and there you go, your library is ready!
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Lights with a twist
Fairy lights are boring, so how about giving them a twist? Plant creepers and climbers on your balcony and intersperse them with strings of fairy lights. Hang from the upper reaches of your balcony paper lamps. If you have a broad parapet, add some potted flowering plants as well, and your lighted garden is ready! It would be all green by the day and all light by night.
You can also be more creative and mix, match and twist the six ideas listed above by your choice and get tens of other themes and settings. After all, your balcony is your canvas!