On the train to Cologne the signs were unmissable, the sun may have been gloriously, victoriously, shinning, as it has done since Easter, from a clear azure sky: but autumn is definitely approaching. And while it may be a bit premature to start planning for...
As the days get longer and the sun stronger, we are naturally drawn outside to the terrace and the balcony, the garden and the park. Robust, weatherproof and easy to clean outdoor furniture are indispensable in enhancing the experience. These can be flexible multi-purpose chairs such as the Vegetal by the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, or the Kartell Masters Chair, but also objects designed specifically for outdoor use, such as that from Gloster or Skagerak. Conveniently, outdoor furniture often comes in coated metal, such as the Chair_One by Konstantin Grcic for Magis, which impresses both inside and out, or the Palissade collection from the Scandinavian manufacturer Hay. Furniture made of wood or textile is perfectly suitable for the balmy summer evening on the terrace; for example, the portfolio of the Danish family business Skagerak features a wide selection of outdoor furniture crafted from natural woods or fabrics, and objects which impress not only on account of their timeless design but also because of their sustainability. If you want to be particularly comfortable in the outdoor area, SACKit products are a must - from the hammock to the beanbag to the practical stool, the Danish brand offer a wide range of fresh outdoor products that all have one thing in common: they are incredibly comfortable and also visually pleasing. And which garden party guest will fail to be impressed by the impressive fire bowls Helios and Flame?
Outdoor furniture from Gloster
The comfortable and timelessly elegant lounge furniture from Gloster helps make the terrace or the pool area as comfortable as the living room - thus allowing you to move your summer fully outdoors. Furniture such as the Bay Lounge Chair or the Bay Sofa are not only convincing in terms of cosiness: they are visually pleasing, while with their teak frame and upholstery in natural shades they seamlessly blend into the environment, and the inclusion of recycled materials give each piece of Gloster furniture a unique touch. With his Grid Lounge Sofa Henrik Pedersen has developed a cozy and sophisticated lounge sofa designed especially for the outdoors, and a piece of furniture on and which with you are guaranteed many years of pleasure: the timelessly designed lounge sofa will not go out of fashion visually, has particularly weatherproof cushions, can be customised if required, and even provided with a protective cover.
Furnishing small balconies – 7 tips for your balcony design
With small balconies or loggias that do not offer as much space as a terrace or a spacious garden, you should be clear from the very beginning about how you plan to use your balcony before setting up. Such considerations also depend on factors such as the direction in which your balcony is oriented: while south-facing balconies get the most sun and are therefore best suited for sunbathing and a small herb garden, balconies in other orientations will be most optimally used at specific times of the day. And regardless of orientation and use, most people prefer their balcony to have easy-care greenery and cozy, cheerful furnishings. So that even small balconies develop living room qualities in summer, we have put together a few tips that will help you to set up your balcony in a space-saving, functional and appealing fashion.
1. Planning matters
Before you buy furniture for your balcony, it is advisable to measure the area exactly and to go through a few possible variants using sketches. An important rule of thumb: in order that you can happily move around on your balcony, half of the floor should remain free.
2. The right furniture for my little balcony
The furniture should ideally be rather small, dainty and of course as practical as possible, proportional to the balcony. Instead of solid outdoor armchairs, it is recommended to use stools, small side tables, folding chairs and folding tables or, for example, folding hanging tables. Garden chairs and tables, such as the classic Fermob balcony furniture, can be easily set aside and stored in a space-saving manner during the winter. Loungers or bean bags are best combined with sun protection and a side table can be arranged on which books or drinks can be placed.
3. Use balcony space efficiently
For small balconies, it is recommended to include walls and railings in your planning. Instead of using large planters, it is best to use vertical greenery or to plant classic balcony boxes on the railing. Space-saving hanging tables such as the practical Fermob balcony table are just the right choice here.
4. A harmonious colour concept for the balcony
So that small balconies appear harmonious, the colour concept is best kept simple: a basic tone that is combined with one or two colours creates a calm atmosphere. Strong colours can also be used on the balcony, and which shine in the sun and ensure a good mood.
5. Don't forget the flooring
To make your small balcony appear a bit larger, if possible, choose the flooring so that it is similar in type or colour to that of the adjacent rooms.
6. Skilfully use balcony plants
The balcony planting creates a very individual atmosphere depending on personal taste and can also serve as a privacy screen so that no further device is necessary.
7. Balcony lighting and accessories for a cosy oasis of well-being
Your balcony becomes really cosy in combination with suitable accessories such as pillows or blankets. Whereby a highlight are energy-saving, portable battery lights, which wirelessly create a particularly cosy and homely atmosphere and withstand light rain showers.
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