In the words of Charles Dickens, "nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own". When it comes to summertime, being able to enjoy your balcony or terrace is one such highlight. Capture the charm of this season by preparing the perfect outdoor space.
Cultivating a colourful selection of flora and fauna is the simplest way to spruce up your balcony for the sunshine season. Azaleas, chrysanthemums and calla lilies are all well suited to growing in smaller containers, while alpine flowers such as sea pink and ice plants still flourish with less watering. Sow beardtongue to attract bees and butterflies, or herbs like lavender and peppermint to provide fragrant scents that will repel mosquitoes. Mixed salad leaves, olive trees and tomato vines all thrive on balconies, and as an added benefit you can enjoy them in your al-fresco lunch.
Wind a string of twinkling fairy lights around railings, hang jewelled Moroccan lanterns from window ledges or place tealights in jam jars. Not only will this create a welcoming atmosphere come evening time, it provides you with the perfect spot to sip a nightcap once the sun goes down. A stone fire pit or barbecue makes a design statement and allows you to enjoy an outdoor dinner too. Solar lighting on a terrace soak up enough sunshine on terraces to illuminate your flowers and plants at night.
Painted window boxes and ceramic flowerpots are ideal containers for plants and vegetables, while a set of bamboo chimes or Japanese wind bells bring a touch of serenity to your veranda. A butterfly house attached to the wall will attract wildlife, and even the tiniest rail-mounted table creates a convenient place to hold a glass of wine or bowl of nuts. Hang mirrors to reflect light and create the illusion of a larger area. Meanwhile, vertical gardens and hanging baskets are perfect for including greenery without sacrificing floor space.
If your balcony is large enough for entertaining guests, a rattan dining set is ideal for dinner parties. Adding bright seat covers in weather-resistant fabrics provides texture and colour, while hammocks, oversized cushions and loungers ensure comfort while sunbathing or reading a book. Foldable or stackable furniture saves on storage space while allowing you to accommodate more people when socialising. An iron-wrought table and chairs evokes a Parisian air and will serve as a relaxing spot for your morning coffee.
If you're searching for a perfect loft or penthouse with a sunny balcony, contact Engel & Völkers today. Our global portfolio includes luxury properties in 36 countries, so whether you're hoping to find a veranda overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean or a bustling street in New York, we're sure to have an outdoor space to suit your taste.