3 Ways to Level-up Your Balcony
This blog is for our all suite friends around the city looking to enhance their apartments. Whether you’re on the 4th, 13th or 37th floor, you can always level up! Make this year’s summer prep project that barren balcony. It’s more than just creative storage, it’s an extension of your home and soon to be your favourite spot in the house! In just three steps, we’re going to give Katie’s balcony an expert makeover. Follow along to get some Pinterest-worthy inspo as we take it from unsightly to eye-catching. Here’s what we’re working with…
Go big or go home
Our first suggestion to spruce up your outdoor space is investing in some large plants. We know it can be tempting to opt for quantity, especially when Poppies offers so many small plant varieties at such competitive pricing, but when it comes to a balcony, bigger is better. Having a couple large plants rather than an assortment of smaller guys will not only make a bigger visual impact, but is also a practical choice… Outdoor plants usually get quite a bit more sun, which means more frequent watering is needed. A few larger plants means less maintenance because their extra soil will hold onto moisture longer than a smaller plant pot. That extra soil and moisture isn’t just good for hydration; it’s ideal for high winds! When that summer storm hits, it will keep your plants from taking flight.
Refresh and replenish
Part of freshening up the look of your balcony is giving a fresh start to your plants before they head outside for the season. It’s a great idea to start off the summer by repotting OR fertilizing. The reason we do this is because we want nutrient-rich soil (replenished soil, or new soil). Over time, from repeated watering, the nutrients in your plants’ soil get washed out, kind of like the dye in your favourite pair of vintage jeans after years of rinse cycles. Because outdoor plants are likely to need more frequent watering, your plant will be happy to get a little head start. A little fertilizer can go a long way. Check out your fertilizer of choice’s instructions to see how much to dilute!! For plants like the palms and ferns, fertilizing once a season is typically enough. Some flowering plants like the Hibiscus, Chenille and Mandevilla would benefit from more frequent fertilizing.
Lights, camera, action!
Things are looking up for this balcony already! We could stop here, but we still have a few more tricks up our sleeve! Let’s add some magic to the space with the help of some lights and mirrors. Mirrors can totally brighten up the space, reflecting the sunlight during the day and our charming twinkle lights by night. This final touch will set the mood for any occasion, providing a tranquil and cozy ambience for your friends and family to admire on their next visit, and of course for you appreciate all summer long! Here’s to more fresh air, working from the coolest home office ever, and more late night cheers-ing with a view. Now our balcony is ready for some action, but first, let’s check out those AFTER shots you’ve been waiting for: