By Brenda Walker
The balcony is an extension of the home, and it is the spot where you and your family lounge and read the latest bestseller, enjoy entertaining friends, and enjoy the great outdoors. It is a space that can be decorated according to the season or for any reason, and if you enjoy spending time on your balcony, you can make it an impressive space where friends and family will also love to spend time. The following steps will help you decorate your balcony and transform it into a place that makes entertaining friends and family a breeze.
Decide on a Theme, Season, Holiday or Design. The selected theme will determine the accessories that you use to decorate a balcony. In the spring and summer, adorn the balcony with eye-catching containers of flowers and foliage as well as other accessories that speak of the season. In the fall, it can be decorated with small bales of hay, pumpkins, and friendly scarecrows. In the winter, your outdoor space can be decorated with holiday or seasonal decor. A balcony can become a showplace that will change with every season and holiday. You should design your balcony according to your personal style and preference; it should become an area where you can show case your creativity and uniqueness.
Cleaning is the First Step. No matter the design and the way in which the balcony will be used, it is important to clean it before beginning to decorate. You must remove any items that are not necessary and thoroughly remove any dirt and debris. Prepare the vertical surfaces also, getting rid of dirt and webs before beginning to furnish and decorate your balcony. A clean area is much more inviting and comfortable.
Selecting Seating and Accessories that are Comfortable. The majority of people are more likely to enjoy sitting on the balcony if the balcony seating is adjustable for enhanced comfort. Before beginning to decorate your balcony, choose seating for the outdoors with care, and invest in furnishings that are like to be enjoyed instead of going for the options that are the cheapest. Also, choose side tables that are useful for holding food and drinks. Make certain that outdoor furnishings are something you will be proud to display on a balcony. With proper care, wood, metal, or wicker can last for many years and will enhance the overall appearance of your balcony.
Choose Larger Pieces First When Decorating. Once you have cleaned and outfitted the balcony with furniture, you can next proceed to decorate, using larger pieces first. For example, when setting up fall decor, place small bales of straw or hay in corners, and use them as platforms for displaying carved pumpkins, scarecrows, gourds, and any other fall decorations. Once larger items are in place, smaller items can be arranged and moved as needed.
Select Balcony Decor. It is unnecessary to browse the seasonal aisle of big box retailers or home improvement stores to locate just the perfect items to adorn your balcony. Come up with unique outside decor that includes items you have found at tag sales, decoys, and other items not generally used for decorating. Adorn your balcony with unique items and it will draw more interest from passersby. Best of all, you will be able to comfortably relax in an area outdoors that is uniquely stylish and well decorated.
Using Lighting to Decorate. Balconies are ideal for enjoying long days outdoors, and a balcony that is used quite often must have outdoor lighting. You might consider all-weather rope lighting to illuminate the balcony. This kind of decorative lighting can be found in many different colors and lengths, and this lighting can be extended or cut to fit all areas. Rope lighting looks attractive when added under a balcony railing or around the base. Indoor/Outdoor lights used to decorate during winter holidays are ideal for placing around outdoor displays, and they provide just the right amount of light on dark, spring, summer, fall, or winter nights. With a little bit of care, and some planning, you can create an inviting and ideal atmosphere on the balcony that will be a welcome sight at day’s end.
About the Author: Brenda Walker of WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, is an award-winning designer who illustrates how simple it can be to build
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