14 Stunning Small Balconies Around The World
Take a trip around the globe to visit bloggers for some international inspiration that you can try on your own balcony. We may not be blessed with balmy subtropical temps or a Haussmann pied-a-terre in the 6th Arrondissement, but these international balconies are all loaded with artful ideas you can snag, so be prepared to get inspired.
This Melbourne balcony from the Aussie blog The Design Files is blessed with lush foliage. Mimic the effect with multiple pots of palms, succulents, and rosemary and bring them indoors for the winter. A Japanese grapevine (Vitis coignetiae) is trained on wires to provide a natural roof above the seating.
Create a variety of heights, leaf shapes and colors by potting plants individually; it lends a layered look and the soil and watering can be customized for the specimen. A sculptural African Cussonia spicata ‘Cabbage tree’ (large tree in right corner) adds height and the large container makes a big statement on this Melbourne balcony. Try underplanting a ficus or fiddle leaf fig with a trailing plant.
San Francisco stylist and blogger Toshiko Shek’s balcony creates artful display in a small space by going vertical. Her “living wall” maxes out a variety of plants, which she plays up with palm print pillows and a green floor, plus natural cedar wood planters and furnishings. Shek admits she sourced a lot of finds from the Home Depot (the chairs look suspiciously like the Cape Cod Muskoka chair).
Toshiko’s planter trellis is a smart solution for a lush look when floor space is at a premium. She combines sculptural succulents with trailing vines for variety. Find out how to make your own vertical planter here.
Let’s swing over to the other side of the pond for a Gothenburg balcony from Swedish real estate blog, Entrance, that looks as though it doubles as a bedroom in summer. The size of the pots vary in scale but the finishes are kept the same for continuity. A whimsical string of industrial lights dresses up the wrought iron railing, while layered rugs make the space feel cozy.
The balcony from is Entrance is kitted out for an evening of stargazing with the addition of some sheets that invite lounging on the ground, Chinese lanterns, and a few glasses of vino.
What’s most impressive about this balcony from Swedish blog Entrance is the beckoning view from inside the apartment, and the way it blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. Romantic white sheets and container plants spill over from outside, while ghostly white paper lanterns create a whimsical focal point.
Hankering for a place to polish off your watercolors? Just set up a bistro table and layer up the metal chairs with skins and pillows. The utilitarian railing is concealed by a breezy, fluttering sailcloth for privacy. Weathered terracotta pots and a tribal rug add soft color, and a storage bench doubles as a banquette for extra seating.
My Scandinavian Home puts the emphasis on humble, natural materials on the balcony: aluminum pots, a steel stool (bottom left) and a rustic wood boxes for storage and display.
We basically want her whole apartment, but we’ll settle for this slice of Franco heaven from blogger Anja in Paris of AMS Interior Styling. Battered surfaces look so fresh and add personality to balconies that may be brand spanking new. The palette is kept white and light with silver finishes to turn down the visual thermostat, but even in summer, soft touches such as furs loom large in the blogosphere.
Swedish interior design store and realtor Magnussons posted this balcony shot of a waterside property, and we’re pretty sure the view clinched the sale. Oversize urns, a rusty stool, weathered wood, and patterned cushions and a rug all lend character. Potted trees establish a formal vibe and are low maintenance.
This isn’t by a blogger, but we couldn’t resist including a couple of enviable shots from NYC’s Brook Landscape. Just because the rooftop terrace overlooks a view of city watertowers doesn’t mean it can’t feel like a country garden. Swaying grasses create a soothing rustling sound in the wind and mature maples screen views of nearby buildings.
This Brooklyn rooftop terrace by Brook Landscape isn’t afraid to poke fun at the urban setting with a plastic deer tucked amongst the greenery. Hard structures are disguised by Virginia Creeper vines, while the wood deck (these outdoor wood deck tiles give a similar look) adds a summery boardwalk feel.
A Chelsea, N.Y. rooftop by Brook Landscape does a credible job of evoking some Provencal chic with a colorful bistro set, weathered terracotta pots, rosemary, and lavender catmint spikes for fragrance.