Andréa wasn't a fan of her drab concrete balcony, and wasn't entertaining outside like she wanted. She decided to give it a makeover, and came up with a smart solution to fill in the gaps square decking tiles made on a round balcony:
I really like the apartment where I live. It is bright with its large windows, located on a very quiet area, there is a train station only 2 walking minutes from it and very good connections to the city. The only problem was the balcony... It was so ugly and dark with its concrete floor. I rarely invited my guests for a meal or drinks over there because I really didn't like it.
This year I have decided to transform my balcony into a place where I can spend nice evenings and weekends with my husband and a couple of guests. Let me show you how I did it.
Before: Very ugly concrete floor, a large rectangular table and almost no space left.
After researching floor options, I chose wood decking squares because they can be placed on any sized apartment balcony. The only problem is that my balcony has a weird format and I would not be able to use the squares everywhere. But I am a big fan of decorative stones and therefore I decided to use them to fill up the spaces where the decking squares did not fit.
The next step was to add a few plants and some life to the balcony. As a feng shui follower, first I checked the bagua colors which apply to this part of my home: red, pink and white. I already had a Japanese red maple and decided to buy lilies and herbs to complete it.
The balcony is not very large and therefore I had to be clever when selecting the furniture and decor elements. I kept my previous chairs because they are neutral and very comfortable but the table had to go. A small wood square table seemed to be a good option because it doesn't occupy too much space and I can fold and store it in the basement once summer is over. I chose a couple decor pieces which refer to the feng shui favorable colors: red pillows, colorful flag bunting and a lady bug.
The weather here in Switzerland is not very stable and, after my new balcony was ready, I realized that I needed a place to store pillows on windy and raining days. After considering a few options, I decided to use a decorative bag which was placed below the table. Now I have a nice place to keep my pillows, magazines or summer blankets.
I really enjoyed planning and executing this project and I am very happy with its final result. This balcony makeover was not that hard to do and I am already dreaming about nice brunches, afternoon teas and cocktail parties at my balcony.
For more photos, check out Celebrating with Andréa.
Thank you Andréa!