As the trend of building up rather than out continues in many cities, the value of even the smallest balcony is appreciated. Overlooking the opportunity to merchandise these smaller spaces can hinder the potential sales and appeal of a home. The following design ideas will show how to merchandise small outdoor spaces that will inspire a potential buyer.
Find the Function
To start, determine how the balcony can best be used. It may be best with a small cafe table paired with chairs. Or, a long, narrow console table that stores gardening supplies. Understanding the function increases the value of any outdoor space. Function is more important than size.
Design Seamless Spaces
Think of the outdoor space as an extension of the adjacent room. Home buyers desire an indoor/outdoor relationship. Therefore, creating a seamless flow by continued flooring or consistent styling (in both furniture and decor) leads to the impression that the outdoor area really is extra square footage.
Create Multipurpose Barriers
Privacy is important in an outdoor space. However, a privacy wall along a tight urban balcony can make the space feel confined. Instead, turn the wall into a design asset. For example, you can add interest by merchandising with shelves, plant boxes, or even a vertical garden. An other idea is to use a privacy wall for double duty. Consider using a long bench that could create a barrier, and also provide seating, and includes 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. Try chandeliers, pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, or even lanterns to add flare and ambiance to any size outdoor space.
Rock the Railing
A small space that has a big view can make all the difference. 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. When merchandised correctly, small outdoor spaces can become a big selling point.
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