Balconies set the base for a range of decor ideas

Most of us ignore the potential of our little space of outdoor heaven. If you live in an apartment or a dwelling with a tiny or a large balcony, you can transform it into a mini oasis to enjoy at your leisure.

Gone are the days of the traditional balcony which largely remained unused. Many of today's homes provide you with larger balconies – a bigger space with which can give a different dimension to your home.

The design possibilities are immense.There is a charm surrounding a balcony that is well designed. It is a versatile space that may be converted into a green spot, a comfortable place to settle down with a book or perhaps a secure play area for children.

Before you begin, it helps to understand how your balcony is designed. If its a spill over from the living or dining room, it may be converted into a patio, with a seating area, which is accessible to all your guests. If the balcony is attached to your bedroom, then you have option of converting it into a private space accessible only to you – an intimate seating area, a private garden.

Give It the Green Treatment

if you love flowering plants, why not carve out a corner for a balcony container garden? If you have the room, consider a small tree or a creeper to screen the neighbors. If space is truly an issue, buy a planter box that secures onto the railing of your balcony. If you are a organic buff, your balcony can be perfect for a small herb garden.

Get Set for Entertaining!

It's probably not a wise decision host a dinner party on your small balcony but you can certainly use it as an extension of your indoor space. Stage the outdoor area as a bar, a spot for grilling or a place to catch a breath of fresh air after dinner.

And once your guests depart you can enjoy spending quiet mornings, afternoons and evenings in the privacy of your very own stylish and comfortable outdoor retreat.

If your balcony has a less than awesome view, or if you want to block your neighbour's prying eyes, you can install privacy panels without structurally altering your balcony. Your local hardware store can provide you with a variety of fencing materials.

Finally here are some ideas you might want to consider while designing your balcony:

  • Going vertical. Using balcony walls to hang pots or shelves will save you some space.
  • If you want your balcony to become your breakfast nook without losing its other functions, consider using a fold down table.
  • Keep it simple. A tiny balcony doesn’t need lots of furniture.
  • Combine storage. A daybed could feature lots of storage under those cozy cushions.
  • Create privacy. Don’t forget to add curtains. They might also protect you from sunlight if necessary.