Decorate Your Balcony For The Summer

on Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pool-party season is around the corner and everyone with a backyard is gearing up for the festivities.  Now just because you live in an apartment building, doesn’t mean you can’t turn your balcony space into an area that’s style and social friendly!
Here are a few tips to get you started..
•    Remember to ask the management about weight limits or any regulations they have about redecorating the balcony.  You have to know these things if you’re going to be successful in turning your “outdoors” into a safe and inviting area.
•    Take careful measurements so that you don’t have to waste time or money returning things that don’t fit correctly.
•    Take into consideration what the weather might bring:  extreme sun exposure or harsh rain.  Look into some kind of protection; such as an awning or a large umbrella or parasol.
•    Draw out some sketches of potential design ideas so that you can truly see what looks  best in your space.
•    Go online to look at furniture, accent pieces, or flooring since it saves time.
•    Make sure your space is inviting to others.  Stay away from overly fancy items because you want people to feel at home.
•    Don’t clutter the space.  It should be free-flowing and easy to move around on.
•    Adding plants or a small fountain always adds to creating a more soothing and relaxed ambiance.
Remember, just because you don’t have an enormous backyard, doesn’t mean you can’t invite your friends over this summer!  With these tips, you can transform your balcony into a small oasis that’s meant to calm and relax it’s guests.