For those of us living in the city, outside space comes at a premium. On the build up to summer I’ve been gathering some inspiration in a bid to spruce up our balcony and inject a burst of colour, nature and excitement to our somewhat limited outside space. Here’s a step-by-step guide of things to consider for those of you with an urban space you’d like to spruce up:
Step 1- Floor & Walls: Start with choosing the floor cover be it (1) artificial grass, (2) masonry paint, (3) decking, tiles or just giving the floor a good old scrub down. Giving the floor a mini makeover will lift the balcony area instantly.
For walls opt for Expanding trellis this way you can easily plant a fabulous herb garden, hook lighting to the walls and utilise every surface to it’s fullest.
Step 2- Planting: Plant your own (2)herb garden or edible flowers wall in (1)bright plant pot buckets, label with (3)multi-coloured plastic plant labels, hook the pots on the trellis and use the herbs for cooking.
Inspired by the balconies in the vibrant French Quarter in New Orleans, inject a burst of colour, not just for your own pleasure but for the entire neighbourhood! (1, 2, 3)Hanging baskets and flower boxes (4) are a sure fire way to cheer up the whole street.
Inspired by the Great British Garden Revival show on BBC and the general urge to see a tree when looking out the window, I’ve been eying up a couple of small potted topiary tree options suitable for a small balcony. (Left: Pair of Bay Trees, they look pretty, grow well in British climates and have the added bonus of being edible! Right: Olive trees, keep their silver leaves all year round and produce Olives in the Autumn)
Step 3: Furniture: Spruce up old furniture or upcycle thrifted wooden chairs with a coat of tough varnish. Fold away furniture works best for small spaces, it makes the use of space more flexible, extra chairs can always be folded out when guests arrive.
Step 4- Soft furnishings: (1) Outdoor rugs and (2) floor cushions mean there’s always somewhere comfy to sit at those impromptu summer gatherings. A bright rug will add a pop of colour and large floor cushions will soften the space for lounging around on sunny afternoons.Step 5-Lighting: Adding the finishing sparkle to any fabulously colourful balcony garden is essential, there’s an array of candles, fairy lights, lanterns and solar powered lighting available. (1) Solar powered lights are a great option as their eco-friendly, they charge during daylight hours and light up when it gets dark. Tea lights are always a good option, I spied this (3) metal lantern and excellent (2) pink Flamingo candle holder in Marks & Spencer.