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Sarah Baeumler’s Top Tips on Making a Balcony Beautiful

Backyards are usually the first place homeowners look to do some landscaping or patio redecorating, but there are other spaces that you can focus on, especially if you are living in an apartment or condo.

Young, first-time homebuyers are purchasing smaller homes, condominiums and apartments, which usually don’t have big backyards. If this is the case, it’s a great idea to make your balcony or terrace a wonderful outdoor hideaway where you can enjoy the summer sun and entertain friends and family.

Plotted plants, herbs and spices are fun, inexpensive and fresh ways to add some flavour to your meals and greenery to your balcony or terrace. I love the idea of having a few herbs and spices readily available for cooking. Plotted herbs are easy to maintain on balconies because they can grow well in a variety of different conditions. Most grow best in full sun, some can tolerate shade and a few even prefer it. My favourites are chives, parsley and basil as I love to use them in family recipes, on top of salads and as a garnish. Be sure to pick herbs you know you will use in the kitchen so nothing goes to waste.

Smaller spaces like balconies and terraces offer great opportunities to experiment with different colours and patterns. Don’t be afraid to take risks with design but also think of your balcony as an extension of your living space; you may want to coordinate a style that compliments your home’s interior. Throw blankets and decorative pillows are a great way to add splashes of bright, fun prints, especially in the summer.When picking out cushions and pillows, try to find covers that can be removed and easily washed after each season (or spill!). This also allows you to reuse the pillow insert, reducing your costs and waste.

If your balcony is bordered by neighbours, on one or both sides, it might be a good idea to invest in a decorative screen. Not only will you have the added benefit of privacy, a screen can also add some flare to a dull, blank wall. Rugs and carpets are also important to include as they help conceal the concrete underneath and make the space more cozy and inviting. Like your patio furniture, make sure it’s made to withstand the elements of the outdoors and is durable. Last, but not least, don’t forget about lighting! I love lanterns and candles for an added ethereal effect at nighttime. Hanging string lights or bulbs is another easy and relatively inexpensive way to create a lovely ambience while entertaining guests this season.