Design Your Balcony with Urban Resort StyleOctober 16, 2021
It’s always a joy when your house or apartment comes with a balcony, and no matter how tiny or vast it is, there is so much design potential and we have a plethora of beautiful outdoor furniture available to fill your space. Depending on your aesthetic and whether it comes off a bedroom or living area, it can be an outdoor oasis, morning coffee-spot, or the ultimate entertaining space. Think of it like your own urban resort, especially given how much time we are all spending close to home in the shadow of a pandemic.
Whether you have a tiny apartment balcony or a spacious outdoor patio, to make the most of the space you should focus on creating a seamless blend between the indoors and out, for an intimate, resort-like living space that is equally as beautiful as your home’s interior.
From stunning weather-resistant sectionals to relaxing chairs and coffee tables, we bring you some of our favourites for designing a balcony in true urban resort style.
Get a Green Thumb
Perfect for set dressing and for privacy, statement planters and pots filled with happy, leafy plants will allow you to create the feel of a garden wonderland no matter how large or compact your balcony. Add some herbs to make your space smell as good as it looks, and harvest them when needed for adding fresh to dishes. Consider popping some succulents or a Monstera in our Lodge Distressed Teak Outdoor Planter, which is a lovely rustic piece made from reclaimed teak wood that is destined to be enjoyed for a lifetime.
We also carry a fantastic collection of raw concrete products, with outdoor pots and planters a particular favourite with our loyal clients. Made out of our unique blend of reinforced concrete, our Jimbo Planter is tall and strong as well as exuding a real feeling of industrial chic, and looks great alone or paired with a contrasting shape like the Blok Square Concrete Tapered Planter. Consistently evolving as they weather in the same way as regular concrete when placed outdoors, you can create a tiered effect with a grouping of several sizes, or add them to a deep seating configuration when you need some plant life to add an organic feel to a more structured space. They are also great for indoor use, making a statement in style wherever you choose to place them.
The Essential Sectional
As extensions of your home, balconies make for fabulous warm-weather spots for gathering and relaxing with friends and family, while also serving as private oases for you to quietly relax and reset after a busy day. Choosing sectional furniture for your balcony gives you the option of fitting individual pieces together like a puzzle, and the layout of your balcony furniture should be a functional – and versatile – reflection of your sense of style.
A long, straight seating arrangement is perfect for lining a substantial balcony, ensuring it is a welcoming and whimsical space that remains highly functional for lounging and entertaining. If your balcony is spacious, why not go big? Don’t be afraid to bring in sizeable luxury outdoor furniture pieces from cosy chaises for lounging in the hot sun, to hefty tables for long alfresco gatherings that last way after the sun goes down. Lay your furniture in conversation sets, L-shaped configurations, or straight down a wall – the possibilities are endless.
We love the versatility of the Cabo Teak Outdoor Deep Seating Collection, which allows you to make it as grand or small as your outdoor space will allow. The wide cushions and seat depth are sublimely comfortable and perfect for lounging on your pool deck. The Cabo Teak Collection features the Cabo Sectional Centre, Cabo Corner, Left and Right Daybeds, Cabo Outdoor Lounge Chair, Outdoor Ottoman and Coffee Table. To create a great lounging space, place a large Kingston Cantilever Umbrella next to the arm of your Daybed and two Cabo Chairs and there you have it – dynamic, welcoming space for you to host friends, or just enjoy the serenity of your own private retreat.
Rest, Relax and Reset
Essential to any urban balcony setting is a stylish relaxing chair, where you can curl up with a book and while the long summer days away. Pure Grade-A Teak quality and incredibly comfortable, the Soho Grande Outdoor Relaxing Chair invites you to unwind in true al fresco style. Designed to cater to modern living; the Soho Grande Collection’s features include wide slats of our signature Grade-A Teak, held together with tubular bolts for a sleek, crate like effect. If that wasn’t chic enough; the style is amplified by the addition of uniquely padded Sunbrella® cushions that further lift the comfort factor way up, and are guaranteed to withstand the elements for a lifetime. The Soho Grande Outdoor Relaxing Chair is bold but versatile, whether positioned by itself in a little leafy retreat from your busy world, or as part of a bigger seating set on your patio.
Snuggle up in a Loveseat
No outdoor oasis is complete without a loveseat or two, and we offer styles like the beautiful Ventura Two-seater Teak Loveseat on which to perch with a friend. Made from delicious reclaimed teak, this stunning outdoor loveseat has an earthy vibe that is also sophisticated and will suit many outdoor living areas. Part of the Ventura collection, this piece has been designed in Europe and crafted by experts in Indonesia. Synthetic rope has been beautifully hand woven on the frame to finish the unique backside and arm structure, making it look stunning from every angle. The Ventura two-seater also comes with three cushions; a long seat cushion and two back cushions made in Sunbrella® fabric to last all summer, and for many more to come.
The Awesome Ottoman
If you’re short on space or looking for a luxe, boho vibe, get some colourful and comfortable floor pillows or poufs that can do double duty inside. Our Donut Outdoor Relaxing Pouf creates maximum visual interest, whilst the Donut Outdoor Ottoman is a versatile style that appeals to commercial and residential spaces alike. Made from synthetic wicker and with an interior filled with high end Quick Dry Foam®, they also fare very well when exposed to the outdoor elements. This beauty also comes in two sizes to fit a variety of settings, working well as an alternative seating option or even a low coffee table depending on your needs.
For a softer option, the Studio Collection of poufs are incredibly appealing, offering a contemporary take on the boho luxe outdoor living room. The Studio Three Outdoor Round Poufs in Stone come in both large and small sizes, and are a beautiful mix of Moroccan magic and beachside vibe. Featuring an incredible weave of polypropylene rope in a stunning pattern and filled with high end Quick Dry Foam®, they add a real touch of opulence and are incredibly easy to move and implement anywhere you need them.
Long summer days and clear nights deserve to be spent in your balcony oasis in complete comfort. If you’re planning to make your balcony an entertainment space, we offer contemporary lounge furniture. If you’re leaning towards a private balcony relaxation space, we have just the relaxing chair or outdoor loveseat for you. Design Warehouse carries a wide variety of modern style outdoor furniture that’s perfect for your New Zealand balcony. If you have more questions about any our luxury outdoor furniture, don’t hesitate to call us or drop into our Parnell showroom today. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces to anywhere, using our astute delivery service. For more information please call our dedicated team of professionals – we’d love to help.