Turn your balcony into a space that’s a lot more inspiring than just a place to dry your clothes.
When styling a balcony, take a brief from yourself. Ask questions like, ‘how do i want to use my space? Is it for entertaining, cooking, dining, lounging, growing produce or chilling out?
Work out what furniture you need. You may not have room for both dining and lounging so decide on which you will use more. Look for designs that are made to withstand the elements, such as cushions made out of quick dry foam. In a small space, use a side table that can double as seating on those occasions when you have extra guests.
If you don’t have much floor space, think about using your walls to add interest by installing some pots on hooks to make the most of the space. I love hanging pots from the ceiling or an exposed beam to bring a boring space to life. Another way to dress a bland wall is by hanging outdoor art. Make sure to select pieces that are timeless and suit your overall scheme.
On the ground, I like to cluster pots in groups of different sizes. If you like a more streamlined feel, choose pots in the same colour and texture – try a ‘Dagar Eski’ pot from Garden Life (pictured above, from $495). For a small balcony area, choose one big pot over lots of little ones as they can make a balcony look cluttered.
It’s important to understand what the sun does throughout the day so you can choose the right plants for your balcony. North-west facing is very hot, so requires tough plants. On the other hand, south-facing will require shade-loving plants. Pot plants tend to dry out a lot faster so choose plants that don’t require a large amount of watering. If you’re someone who’ll forget to water the plants, it might be worth installing a simple irrigation system.”