Sensational Balcony Transformations – 2020 has been an unprecedented year, with people around the world being asked to stay at home to stay safe. This increased focus on the home has led people to revaluate the space they have to understand whether it could be working harder for them. In particular, the importance of access to outdoor space has never been more prevalent and with a recent study revealing that only 1 in 8 British households have access to a private garden space or patio, people are asking how they can create a harmonious place to escape when they lack a garden.
But you don’t always need a garden to build your own green space. Balconies and windowsills offer the perfect backdrop for your own botanical oasis. With 92k Instagram posts and 7,000 average monthly searches in the UK, balcony gardening is a trend that’s here to stay. But knowing where to start and how to create a cohesive overall space that matches up to our Pinterest boards can seem like a daunting task.
The experts at Love The Garden have taken typical small spaces in the home and reimagined them in 6 different design themes including a ‘nomadic sanctuary’ and ‘wildlife oasis’. Each detail how the look was created and which plants to buy to recreate the look. So, sit back and enjoy these Sensational Balcony Transformations…
Ways with wood
Natural materials have taken centre stage in garden design for 2020 and it can be easy to incorporate timber into your space. From window boxes to pallet seating, wooden features can help create a striking design, particularly when paired with an abundance of greenery and some string lighting.
The minimalist retreat
Sleek and simple are the key aesthetics to keep in mind if you want to nail this trend. Think condensed colour palettes and good spacing to ensure you’re creating a space that feels calming and tranquil.
The nomadic sanctuary
Inspired by the eclectic bazaars of Morocco and the warmth and vibrancy of South America and Southeast Asia, anything goes when creating a space to evoke memories of those far flung travel destinations. Colour and texture dominate, with an abundance of soft furnishings, terracotta pots and outdoor rugs helping to create that global feel.
The wildlife oasis
Whilst a concrete backdrop may not seem the most obvious space to attract wildlife, you can still help support your local ecosystem with the right choice of plants and flowers. Going for a more natural look will allow you to incorporate a wider variety of shrubs and flowers to help create an oasis for all those bees, birds and butterflies.
Bring the outdoors in
No garden, no problem! There’s plenty you can do to transform your indoor space into a plant haven. Choose a well-lit windowsill to make the most of the natural sunlight and then use a variety of plants to add texture and colour to the area. Hanging plants are the perfect space-saving option whilst plant stands can help build different levels from the ground up. Don’t be afraid to get creative as houseplants also bring with them lots of health benefits.
The Living Wall
Vertical gardening is the perfect solution for smaller spaces, allowing you to use every inch you have available whilst creating a statement look in the process. Ferns and Lilyturf are just some of the plants that work well when building a living wall but have a look around and choose foliage that compliments any existing materials within the space.
Whether you have a large balcony or a free windowsill, don’t let your space restrict your creativity. Building a gardenless garden helps bring all the benefits of the outside world into your very own home, so get planting!
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