Extend your living space to the balcony


The best thing about summer is eating outside. I love to have breakfast on my balcony. This year I decided to have a small balcony makeover. I’ve been living in my home for 12 years now, and figured it was time for a change of atmosphere outside. I wanted to extend my living space to my balcony and make it more comfortable for lounging and eating.

First I started creating a moodboard on Pinterest with examples of balconies that I liked. The pictures inspired me to look for a bench that would fit horizontally so I could create a small lounge corner, and to use more colour, texture and pattern with a rug and pillows. It’s the perfect nook to curl up with a magazine and a warm throw in the evenings. You can get an array of colours and patterns of the synthetic fiber rug at Hema or Loods 5

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A white serving tray on a stool serves as a table. I’ve added votives for tea lights so I can also sit outside during twilight.

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balcony make over

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I painted a few of my pots white to pull it all together and create a coherent colour scheme.

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I also painted an old crate white and used it as a platform to diversify in heights.

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I just love to grow my own vegetables and herbs to cook with. By grouping my herbs together I create rest. The ceramic plant markers I bought last year (read about them here) are functional and aesthetic.

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growing herbs on balcony plant markers

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gardening tools

Comments

  1. Pretty!!!
    Now let summer begin so you can enjoy your fruits of labour.

    A rug? Interest idea… definitely makes it look cosy:-)

  2. Really beautiful and cozy balcony! I have also a narrow and long balcony and I have been thinking about the bench what would fit horizontally to use the space in a better way… unfortunately haven’t found one jet, but I’ll keep looking!

  3. I love outdoor rugs too! They have lots in the U.S. but can’t seem to find them here. Since our outdoor space is so small, I’m going with an outdoor-room look and a rug would be perfect. I’m thinking a trip to Holland is in order ….. or do any of your sources ship to the UK?

  4. Helemaal geïnspireerd door deze post kocht ik vandaag een bezem om ons balkon te schrobben.. Helaas ging het regenen, nou ja mijn dag komt nog wel!

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