Styling that Little Slice of Sky
As the trend of building up rather than out continues (this is definitely true in Denver), the value of even the smallest balconies is appreciated. Overlooking the opportunity to merchandise these smaller spaces can hinder the potential sales and appeal of a home. You can start by using a few, or all, of these design ideas to merchandise smaller outdoor spaces.
Find the Function
No matter what the size, determine how the balcony can best be used. Whether it’s a small café table paired with chairs or a long, narrow console table to store gardening supplies, function increases the value of narrow or shallow balconies.
Think of the outdoor space as an extension of the adjacent room. Home buyers desire an indoor/outdoor relationship, therefore a seamless flow created by continued flooring or consistent styling (in both furniture and decor) leads to the impression that the balcony is extra square footage.
Walls Can Do Wonders
Privacy is key, but sometimes walls along tight urban balconies can make the space feel confined. Make a privacy wall a design asset that appeals to potential home buyers. For example, add interest by merchandising with shelves, plant boxes, attractive screens or a vertical garden.
Browse for Built-Ins
With a smaller space, don’t overlook the potential for built-ins to create additional storage or seating. A privacy wall could potentially double as a long bench that provides both seating for friends to gather and storage underneath for garden tools, pillows, cushions, etc.
Light the Night!
The variety of outdoor-approved lighting options are beyond what they used to be. Look further than the typical recessed lighting and sconces by trying chandeliers, pendants, floor lamps, table lamps or even lanterns to add flare and ambiance to the outdoor space.
Rock the Railing
Maximize the views by paying attention to what style/type of railing feature is installed. Glass paneling or steel rail cables emphasize the view, add appeal and can be an affordable option.
Remember, size shouldn’t be a deterring factor! Merchandised correctly, small outdoor spaces can become a big selling point.