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Spruce-up your Balcony

Renovate your boring balcony into a heavenly retreat that friends will love, neighbors will envy and family will be comfortable in.

Balconies are back in style. They add charm to your apartment and give you some outdoor space. But not many people know how to make good use of this part of their home. They either leave it, just the way it is, and use it to heap up all the junk in their homes, or go over the board with its furnishings. But if it is planned properly, a balcony can oblige as a private haven, a cozy corner to calm down in, or a place for nice get-togethers.

Depending on the size of your balcony, use these tips to spruce up its look.

Sit back, relax

  •          It’s hard to stay out on your balcony for long time if you’re always standing. If you want that place in your home to be used more often, provide proper seats.  
  •          Furniture for your balcony can be in a variety from a swing, to a few chairs with a coffee table, or just a lounge chair or a seat with a side table. You might even find yourself relishing your morning tea or breakfast there.
  •          In a smaller balcony, use a seating plan that is multipurpose. For example, a storing bench can be used to store the extra stuff in the balcony and would also be a great place to unwind.

Light it up

  •          Give the place a designers touch by adding One or two well-placed lamps or lanterns
  •          Hang a large lantern or two wall lamps in shapes and colors from the fortifications, or place a tall lamp on the floor.
  •          In a smaller balcony, give it a nice mood lighting to enhance the look.

Green retreat

  •          Having plants in the gallery helps a double resolve - they add to photographic appeal and protect the room from punitive sunrays.
  •          Choose plants and decorations that can flourish well for a long time and do not need continuous care.
  •          To chunk an uninvited view, hang plants over the entire length of the balcony, from the parapet above, in little round pots, equidistant from each other.
  •          Use bamboo screens to enfold balconies so you can use it as your own private templ.
  •          Hang a few plants, and create a divan-type seating, using the three corners of the balcony as backrest. 
Add sparkle to your home

How to invest for a better home with less money?

Be creative with your home this season. Restore the furniture, add a much-wanted unit and reinvent the areas of the home with a specific budget. To start with, find out what will add sparkle to your home and get started. It is doable.

Give your wall a classic look: Go with the ‘make-up’ rule – enhancing the best feature for those walls in the house. Try looking for the backdrop wall in the room. This anchor wall could be the first wall you see when you enter a room or a wall you can view from another room. Natural materials – stone, brick, slate and wood work well as accents. They bring the outdoors inside. If, you don’t want to experiment heavily, wallpaper and textured paints are good alternatives. Remember that warm colours are perfect for activity based rooms, while cool colours, such as green and blue are ideal for areas where you want to relax. Else, tryouts with murals, decals or stickers to create a show-stopping wall.

Create a perfect wardrobe: Design the closet according the person’s needs. Your modern closets can include of dressing space, mirrors and other add-ons. Converse with the carpenter for specific needs – a woman’s closet will need room for shoes, while a man’s wardrobe may necessitate extra rods to hang shirts and jackets. The thumb rule is to keep the most-used items at eye level, less used below, and least-used high above. Shelves should be modifiable to allow maximum adaptability and spaced above. Use drawer organizers to fit in socks, undergarments and other items. Put up a bunch of hooks and rods to hang up gears, scarves, trinkets, belts and ties. You many even nail them onto the back of the closet to hang kerchiefs and scarves. Shoe organizers can hang over the posterior of the door or can sit on the floor of the closet.

Go green: Breathe life into the home by making plants a part of the decoration. Besides refining the air quality and moisture level, they help calm the heart rate, ease psychological fatigue, lower blood pressure and reduce muscle tension. But how does one make space for plants? Vertical gardens, also known as green on living walls work well in flats. These walls are segmental systems and can either be arrayed on the wall or installed on a fabricated structure and can grow more than 125 varieties of plants, depending on the climatic and microclimatic circumstances. Fusion furniture, particularly tables with space for plants, is popular abroad.   

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