The Benefits of a Beautiful Balcony Garden

I’ve never actually lived anywhere with a balcony. It might seem strange that I have a fantasy of one day owning one, because I’ve always had a garden. It’s a bit like confessing to an unfulfilled wish to have less space. Or a smaller house. Or less clothes in the wardrobe. Who the hell does that? But for me, a balcony is a small oasis in an urban landscape. I’ve even got a Pinterest board dedicated to them! It’s somewhere you can sit outside and look down on the world. Unobserved. A tiny green paradise where dreams can hatch, books can be read, and where plants can flourish. And all just a few feet away.

A Balcony can be a calm oasis in an urban landscape

A Balcony Feels Like Part of the Inside Living Space

And I think that’s the crux of the matter. There always seems to be a barrier between the house and a garden. You have to be in the mood to venture outside, especially when the weather is less than ideal. But a balcony garden feels like a part of the house. Yes, there’s a physical barrier (called a door obvs) but it’s right there, and it’s a constant reminder to tend the plants or nip outside for a little fresh air.

A Balcony can be a calm oasis in an urban landscape

A Balcony is Often Protected from the Elements

Not always, but often. It’s possible to be sheltered from wind and rain and still enjoy the outside. With the added benefits that your plants will also be protected from the damaging effects of frost too. And there’s something nice about sitting outside when it’s raining – without getting wet. Think how lovely it would be to watch a thunderstorm from up high *sigh*

A Balcony can be a calm oasis in an urban landscape

A Balcony is a Private Space

And the added benefits of being protected from the elements is the privacy it brings. Yes, you can look out and down, but no one can see you when you’re sitting and relaxing. There’s something very calming about being unobserved. And in an urban environment where space is at a premium, private outside space is often like gold dust. Even gardens are surrounded by windows and all-seeing eyes. A balcony can be your own private space.

A Balcony can be a calm oasis in an urban landscape

A Space of One’s Own

This is the best benefit of all. A balcony is a small, private space, easily accessible, and full of all sorts of possibilities. Maybe you just need a comfortable spot to sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine? It might be al-fresco dining that really excites you. Or you might want to create a lush garden full of scent and herbs handy for the kitchen.

A Balcony can be a calm oasis in an urban landscape

Maybe one day I’ll have a balcony.

All images are from IKEA.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Reply

    luke Warren

    May 26, 2018

    Fantastic blog .This is impressive ideas to design my new house and make it perfect.

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      deardesigner

      May 26, 2018

      Thank you. Glad you like it πŸ™‚

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    Jack Duncan

    May 10, 2018

    I am so impressed by the design ideas and color combination.Great Work

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      deardesigner

      May 10, 2018

      Thanks Jack πŸ™‚

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    Maxine Brady

    April 26, 2018

    I had a 14 foot terrace and I loved the views and the flowers were all safe from snails. I miss it sometimes. Great post.

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      deardesigner

      April 26, 2018

      Hadn’t even considered the snails! What a benefit. x

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    April 25, 2018

    We used to have the cutest balcony when we lived in Switzerland … and had better weather in order to use it than in the UK. It was so lovely, just enough room for a table and chairs, a few plants and a small BBQ. It wasn’t as lovely as the ones in your photos but we really enjoyed having it.

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      deardesigner

      April 26, 2018

      It sounds lovely. I bet you had a fantastic view too πŸ™‚

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    Stacey Sheppard

    April 25, 2018

    Fantastic post Carole. While I’ve been researching for my garden makeover over the past year I’ve also found myself lusting over little balcony spaces. They just look so cosy.

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2018

      Don’t they just. We’ll just have to carve a little bit out of our gardens and pretend πŸ™‚

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    Stephanie

    April 24, 2018

    I love that it’s such a small space but then you can do so much with them too. I love all these designs you have chosen….maybe one day we might get one!

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2018

      I agree. You wouldn’t have to do too much to get it looking lovely πŸ™‚

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    karen jones

    April 23, 2018

    I love this post. I have a whole new respect for balconies ! Gorgeous pics x

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      deardesigner

      April 24, 2018

      Ikea do produce some lovely pics. πŸ™‚

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    Amanda

    April 23, 2018

    Oh I’d love a balcony, or a home that was south facing with a bedroom that had a balcony off it….I’m totally dreaming all things balcony now. WOW Ikea have some fab products don’t they!

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      deardesigner

      April 24, 2018

      Ooh that would be lovely. I’m dreaming of that too now πŸ™‚

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    Geraldine

    April 23, 2018

    Such pretty balconies. It’s giving me ideas for my outdoor terrace space too x

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      deardesigner

      April 23, 2018

      Me too. They are pretty aren’t they πŸ™‚

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    Kimberly Duran

    April 23, 2018

    Oh there’s so many gorgeous images here that now you are making me wish I had a balcony as well!! I shouldn’t have been surprised they are all from IKEA but that top one just took my breath away! Stunning! xxx

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      deardesigner

      April 23, 2018

      You can’t beat Ikea for garden and outdoor ideas and furniture πŸ™‚

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    Vritika| Flats in OMR

    April 23, 2018

    The balcony garden pictures are lovely, Carole! I love it. And I recently added cactus and succulent planters in concrete to the shelf I made in my balcony. They’re lovely, Carole πŸ™‚

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      deardesigner

      April 23, 2018

      Sounds lovely πŸ™‚

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