Do you cheer for vacation? Do you chant TGIF with such enthusiasm that it makes you weak in the knees? Do you look forward to that break from the hustle and bustle with such glee that you daydream about ‘getting away’ constantly?
If so, you’re not alone. Time letting your brain decompress is essential to your health. According to a study conducted by Syracuse University researchers, those who go on vacation more frequently have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome and a lesser number of metabolic symptoms.
However, getting out of town isn’t always an option. There are any number of reasons you may find yourself staying home, ranging from lack of vacation days to family commitments. And then there are the glorious sunny Seattle days and epic Pacific Northwest summer nights that just come out of the blue!
7 Updates to Make Your Condo Balcony an Outdoor Oasis
How can you give yourself a getaway and soak up that outdoor beauty at a moment’s notice? By transforming your condo balcony into an oasis! Use the following tips to create a space you love, where you can relax on your own or entertain a friend.
1. Update Your Flooring
Most condo balconies are concrete. This means they’re bland and cold and not very inviting. Luckily, you can spruce up the institutional floor quickly and easily. Interlocking deck tiles are a do-it-yourself (DIY) project that’s a cinch to install.
2. Add an Outdoor Rug
An outdoor rug is another way to update your floor quickly and affordably. A rug could be used on top of deck tiles or on its own. It delivers a sense of warmth and comfort to the space, making it feel more like an extension of your home. Plus, an outdoor patio rug can bring a bright splash of color — livening up your patio.
3. Use a Wall Planter to Garden Vertically
In most cases, condo balconies have a pre-defined square footage that can’t be expanded. This means floor space is a premium. A wall planter is a creative way to add personality without taking encroaching on your patio’s footprint.
Wall planters also create beautiful visual divides, allowing you to add a layer of privacy that feels more like a secret garden and less like a cage.
4. Treat Yourself to a Comfy Chair
Make no mistake about it, if you don’t have a comfortable place to sit on your balcony, you’re less likely to spend time out there. While you most likely don’t have space for a large outdoor sectional, take stock of what space you do have.
You may be able to fit a chair or love seat with deep-seated cushions. These will let you have a comfy destination for longing with a book or cuddling up with your honey.
5. Creative Extra Seating
In all likelihood, you’ll want to share your space with a guest (or a few). Make sure you have some extra seating for when friends visit. Large floor cushions can be a great solution, as they can be stored when not in use and can also be used inside if need be.
Sturdy end tables are another fabulous choice for extra seating, as they can double as stools at a moment’s notice. You may also be interested in folding chairs, which can be put away easily. The Kingsley Bate St. Tropez Dining collection features a folding armchair outfitted with a comfortable sling fabric.
6. Create a Dog-Friendly Space on Your Balcony
Have a four-legged family member? Don’t forget them when outfitting your balcony. At the very least, you’ll want to make sure there’s a water bowl and that all plants within reach are dog-friendly. But, you might even want to go a little further and add an outdoor grass pad or more.
7. Don’t Overlook Light
If you plan to use your balcony at night, don’t overlook the importance of light. Because it’s a rare time when you want to sit outside in the dark. Overhead lights, like bistro string lights, can be added without taking up floor space. You might also consider hanging lanterns which can be placed on hooks.
Need help picking the perfect furniture for your condo balcony? Talk to a Summer House patio furniture expert.