When you don’t have a garden you can easily access the balcony becomes your connection to nature and outdoor relaxation. Some prefer the wild “I’m in a jungle photographing rare animals” approach to decorating their terrace while others mimic spas or pool sides where they visualize sipping drinks and tanning.
Our approach is to make the balcony and extension of the living room with a more lounge/ manicured garden feel. The tile is already down as we used the same tile throughout all the rooms. As you can see in the plans below the floor continues through the sliding glass doors out to the balcony creating the visual of a longer living room. The furniture decor plans haven’t wavered in these past months and while the balcony is way down on the priority list, patio season is around the corner and we are anxious to enjoy it!
The vertical direction and full tile hallway layout is not only more visually pleasing but it saved tile cutting time and we even have boxes of left over.
To fully cover the balcony in tile required 3 full tiles and 3 inch more of cut tile, in our opinion that would have looked a little odd. Our solution was to lay 3 tiles down, uncut, and paint the remaining space grey turning it into a “gutter” for the water to flow easily during heavy rainfall or plant watering.
To bring in a green and garden like feel we were inspired by Restoration Hardware’s [surprise, surprise] store layout in Highland Village. We imagine two long rectangular planters with a boxwood [or a more Houston climate friendly] plant placed parallel to each side of the balcony wall. The building is already quite private but this will add more privacy and some lovely greenery visible from the living room and entrance as well.
For seating we are slightly at odds. One of us [I’ll let you guess who so your opinions are unbiased] likes the idea of a lounge-y, comfortable spot to get sun and read [ blogs ] books; hello stay-cation! While the other wants to still maintain comfort but go more with the idea that we are extending the living room- makes sense.
With our lounge-y option we would have small side coffee table for drinks and snacks [wine, cheese and crackers, yum! ]. While the traditional seating route allows for a taller table with the option of dining outdoors, croissants and coffee?. We have not looked extensively for the outdoor tables but below are two viable options.
The final question: settle the score what seating option do you prefer?