Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a perfectly styled outdoor area. There are many ways for you to create your own personal little sanctuary where you can indulge in your morning ritual, whether it be coffee, yoga, wheat-bix, or reading the paper. You can still do it in style, comfort, and a little bit of luxury. You can use the space to create an urban jungle, filled with flowers or edibles or maybe you’re looking to create an entertaining area for guests. Whatever it is you want, read on to learn how to achieve it.
A great way to bring greenery to your outdoor area is a vertical garden. You can call a gardener to come and set one up for you or you can create one yourself, which sounds like the perfect iso project to us!
When deciding on a vertical garden you have two options; real or fake. If you want to just try it first to see if you like the idea, don’t particularly have a green thumb, or have a tendency to kill plants, maybe this is your best option, but can I let you in on a little secret they are not that hard to manage.
Or maybe you have a little green thumb and want to take a chance, vertical gardens can really provide so much beauty. If you’re deciding to go down the real route, you will need to seriously consider what plants you’re going to use. To help make this decision you need to determine whether your balcony gets morning or evening sun and which orientation you are facing (North, South, East, or West). Also, you’ll need to decide what you would like to grow; vegetables, herbs, flowers, cacti, etc. Another great plus now is you can build (or buy pre-made) irrigation into your vertical garden, which will help water your plants, depending on how high tech you go, it may even just do it for you.
Pots, Pots & More Pots
Add character, personality, and colour to your balcony with pot plants. This is a perfect option for those who lead busy lives, forget to water, or have a tendency to kill plants. If you fall into the latter, your best bet is succulents and climbers. Those plants don’t require much love or maintenance and will keep growing.
If you don’t mind spending some time gardening, you can add some flare and personality with seasonal flowers or tree’s.
Grown Your Own Fruit & Veggies
Did you know that you can pretty much grow everything in pots! You can grow fruit trees such as; avocado, cherry, lemon, even olive trees. Not only do they add such beautiful colour, but it’s also a great way to be sustainable. By growing your own produce and you’re creating an urban jungle; reducing emission- fabulous reasons to if you ask me. There’s also something so uniquely satisfying about eating something you grew, it feels very gratifying.
You can also grow fruit and veggies in pots such as strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage, chili, lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and plenty plenty more. Keep in mind that veggies are seasonal and will need to be changed and they do require some maintenance.
Try mixing up the area by adding in hanging baskets, window boxes, and levels. You can use old ladders, boxes, window frames, or stools (just to name a few). This will help give your balcony some fun and add different textures.
Herb It Up
Herbs are a great pot plant option and they require little to no maintenance and will grow throughout the year. They will also add a lovely scent to your outdoor area plus you can also just add it to your cooking whenever you feel.
Styling & Furniture
At Cornus, our balconies and courtyards vary in size, depending on the amount of bedrooms you have and the design of the building. Whether your balcony is big or small you can still style it to suit your needs whether it be for; entertaining or relaxing.
A great benefit to our balconies is the seamless transition from interior open-plan living areas to the exterior. This allows residents to create one expansive living area if their heart desires.
To create a fabulous entertaining area you need to consider a seating arrangement that suits the area. If you have a large balcony, you may have the luxury of having two entertaining areas. One for dining and one for relaxing. If you are a little bit more limited with space, try looking for a flexible outdoor option such as; an extendable table. If however, you’re looking for more of a relaxing entertaining area, a couch and some armchairs would be the perfect option.
You can also get some stylish cocoon chairs now which add a great vibe to your outdoor area, especially if you like to read or spend some time in solitude.
Add some lights, whether it be pontoon lights, fairy lights or a beautiful feature pendant light, it will instantly add character and flare.
So Frenchy, So Chic
So, you may not have a large balcony you desire but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the space. Do as the French do and get all Paris inspired, they may not have a lot of space but boy do they know how to style it!
All you need is some planter boxes filled with colourful flowers, I’m thinking petunias, begonias, or even some lavender- that will also add a beautiful fragrance to the area. Then a cute ‘bistro style’ two-seater table and chairs and maybe a rug, add in a few extra pot pants and voilá you have yourself a little piece of France.
Let’s Get Physical
Maybe creating an outdoor living area isn’t your cup of tea. Many resource ingenious apartment dwellers are now using their outdoor area as a fitness center and it’s a pretty good idea. Morning yoga whilst the sun is coming up sounds like the perfect way to start that day. You can add an exercise bike to your balcony and ride away or maybe you want to pump some weights, the options are endless.
Chill Out Zone For Dogs
Do you have a four-legged friend that likes its own space? Well, you can’t deny your fur baby of its needs so, why not can create a little area for them. You can buy fake grass (which most dogs will go to the toilet on, especially if introduced early on) which can easily be hosed down, add a little playpen fence, and a dog ‘house’ kennel, and there you have it the perfect little oasis for your furry friend.
Flooring That Pops
If you’re looking to add some flair without going down the plant path, you can just add a unique flooring option. Try an eclectic tile, or you can get wooden decks that click together and are designed for smaller areas. If these options are too much effort why not add a nice outdoor rug?
There you have it, some of our best tips for turning your outdoor balcony into your own perfect space. If you’re interested in purchasing a Cornus Development apartment fill in one of the inquiry forms below or call 1800 267 687.
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