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10 ideas for enclosing your balcony to enjoy it in all weather

Natasha Kurien Natasha Kurien
House 516 Scandinavian style balcony, veranda & terrace by Studio Gritt Scandinavian
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Homeowners are often guilty of using the balcony as a storeroom, a mini garden with potted plants lined across or perhaps left alone without using it regularly. A private outdoor space is more than just a lawn chair or hammock out in the open on a bright sunny day. If properly planned with the help of an interior designer or decorator, it can be the ideal retreat for any weather. While the forces of nature aren't too kind at all times, it is essential to equip the balcony with the right furniture, upholstery and décor, as well as covering, so that it can withstand any weather.

1. Metallic sheath

Traveler's House Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by Morphogenesis Modern Metal
Morphogenesis

Traveler's House

Morphogenesis

Creating an outdoor living room is certainly possible with the right protective gear in place. This balcony houses a metallic sheath with floral motifs, which cast shadows on the white and red furniture. Wood flooring runs parallel to the wooden pergola above, completing the structure all too perfectly.

2. Glass casing

A glass enclosure for the balcony is ideal for any weather as it protects against the elements in addition to providing front row seats to watch the beauty that is nature. Potted plants in an equal spaced arrangement line the balcony, while pendant lights add a unique touch to the area. The grey tiled flooring complements the brick wall, creating a cosy space.

3. Wooden shutters

House 516 Scandinavian style balcony, veranda & terrace by Studio Gritt Scandinavian
Studio Gritt

House 516

Studio Gritt

A modern balcony with a rustic touch is the perfect way to welcome the various seasons. Wooden shutters allow for the regulation of light and heat, and when paired with a wooden dining set, it creates an outdoor café-like experience. Beautifully landscaped plants enhance the beauty of the setting.

4. Stationary awning

Bliss Home by Studio Nirvana Minimalist Wood Wood effect
Studio Nirvana

Bliss Home

Studio Nirvana

A stationary awning is sturdy and long-lasting, providing weather protection and is ideal for the balcony. Waterproof wooden flooring complements the framework of the canopy, while the wooden frames of the doors connecting to the living room add the perfect touch.

5. High railings

High railings help to secure the balcony and provide privacy, particularly when paired with a dome-shaped or elongated awning. Marble flooring sets the perfect contrast to the railings, while potted plants and creepers wrapped around them serve as a means of decor. A web of leaves, created by a wall decal, adds beauty to the wall and pulls together a cosy look for the seating area.

6. Wall mounted awning

Balcony treated as garden by de square Modern
de square

Balcony treated as garden

de square

A fixed awning is wall-mounted, providing permanent shelter for the balcony, and the additional support poles that fix it to the floor increase its sturdiness and durability. It converts the balcony not only into a functional space but also an aesthetic one when installed with a zen garden, like in this balcony.  

7. Elongated canopy

A canopy helps to protect against the elements of nature, especially when it comes to balconies and terraces on the higher floors of a house. Porcelain balusters line the space, which is supported by white pillars, and marble flooring completes the setting to give the area a verandah-like feel.

8. Fibreglass pergola

Fibreglass pergola roofs are durable and allow complete light exposure. At the same time, they do a great job of keeping rain and harmful UV rays from seeping into the area. They work well on the terrace, deck or patio and should be experimented to optimise the usage of large outdoor areas.

9. Glass door panels

Cafe Architecture +Interiors Modern gastronomy by Line and Dot Studio Modern
Line and Dot Studio

Cafe Architecture +Interiors

Line and Dot Studio

Glass panels resting on a steel-blue structure help to protect against rains, storms and winds. When matched with contemporary colours and rustic furniture, they can create the perfect gateway to witness nature at its finest.

10. Tempered glass patio

the "court" house Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by de square Modern
de square

the court house

de square

A panel of frosted or tinted tempered glass is ideal for anyone who wants a bit of sunlight while warding off the rain. The structure is highly durable and is likely to last for years. Add vibrancy to the design by decorating the area with potted plants.

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