The balcony is considered an integral part of the apartment. It must be used competently and functionally. It is not always appropriate to leave the entire area in a small apartment for storing unnecessary things - it is much more correct to make the balcony a continuation of the apartment and expand the usable space. To decorate a balcony design, it is not at all necessary to break walls and perform a complete redevelopment. Whatever the area, the room can be made cozy and beautiful.
- 1 How to competently approach the repair of a balcony: photos of ready-made examples
- 2 Options for arranging balconies of medium and large area
- 3 How to correctly organize the design of a small balcony
- 4 Furniture and accessories for organizing the interior of the balcony
- 5 Choosing an interior design for a balcony: photos of design options in classic styles
How to competently approach the repair of a balcony: photos of ready-made examples
Before making repairs, you must first create a project for a balcony or loggia and decide which room or room will be located here. In any case, you need to be prepared for the fact that repairs are a laborious process, especially if redevelopment and demolition of walls are required.
Important! If it is planned to carry out a major overhaul, involving the transfer of walls, then before starting work, you should obtain an admission for this type of repair in the housing office, BTI, you may need permission from the sanitary station and the Ministry of Emergencies. Otherwise, problems with registration of real estate may arise in the future.
If the balcony does not have a large area and you have some skills in the field of construction, repairs can be carried out on your own. If large-scale work is planned, it is better to turn to professionals for help - this will save you from buying unnecessary materials. Sometimes, before starting repairs, it is necessary to dismantle the old finish and wooden double-glazed windows. However, in any case, when decorating a loggia or balcony, you will have to perform such actions as:
- glazing if the balcony is open;
- wall and ceiling decoration;
- flooring decking, you may need to raise the floor height;
- organization of heating;
- external and internal insulation of the premises.
The materials that will be used for the renovation must be resistant to fading and high humidity, especially for finishing the outer wall. If the balcony outside is insulated with good foam plates and glazed with high-quality double-glazed windows, then the probability of temperature differences inside the room is significantly reduced. In addition to foam plastic, other materials are also used for wall insulation, such as:
- mineral wool;
- penofol is a material that consists of polyethylene foam covered with foil.
Balcony design: how best to finish the walls
When choosing materials for wall decoration, you need to purchase options that allow you to quickly and easily make installation, are resistant to temperatures. Most often, for wall decoration, preference is given to PVC panels, which are easy to fit and are easy to maintain. Often in the photo of designs of balconies and loggias, you can see walls lined with MDF clapboard. The material is characterized by a low price. It is possible to choose options that imitate the texture of a tree that will look beautiful in the interior of the balcony.
The most environmentally friendly, but expensive material is solid wood lining, which is characterized by the ability to retain heat well. It is especially important to use such material if you plan to make the balcony a continuation of the children's room.
If the balcony or loggia is characterized by cold uneven internal walls, then for their alignment and additional insulation, it is recommended to use drywall sheets, which must be mounted on an aluminum profile. Then the sheets can be either painted or covered with wallpaper as desired. This finishing method should not be used on small balconies, because the gypsum plasterboard profile will take at least 10 cm from each wall from the area. In the photo of repairs of loggias, you can see options when decorative stone or plaster is used for wall decoration.
How to make a ceiling and choose a floor covering when decorating a balcony
If you plan to organize an open-type balcony design in the apartment, then it is better to lay a covering on the floor that is resistant to significant temperature extremes and high humidity. The most practical options include ceramic tiles, while it is better to choose a material intended for open verandas, or lay porcelain stoneware. Such a floor is easy to clean, it is considered easy to maintain, is characterized by durability and resistance to various mechanical influences.
When you plan to combine a room with a balcony, the interior design involves the use of warmer flooring options. The cheapest material is linoleum, but in this case it is recommended to give preference to dense linoleum with a layer of insulation. You can make a beautiful loggia or balcony by laying wooden panels on the floor, but the floor should be in harmony with the walls. Other flooring options include:
- parquet or parquet board;
Useful advice! Having decided to combine the balcony with any of the rooms, it is better to think over in advance the system of an electric or water heated floor, because it is not always possible to bring the radiator to the balcony.
When finishing the ceiling on the loggia, several options are used. The simplest way is the usual painting. To do this, you need to carefully plaster the surface or apply paint with a textured roller, which will close most of the irregularities present.If the ceiling is flat, and the balcony itself is made in a minimalist style, you can simply whitewash it.
If desired, a suspended or plasterboard ceiling is performed, in which case it will be easier to think over a built-in lighting system. Other finishes include wood planks, plastic panels, and PVC sheets. Below you can see photos of turnkey balconies showing finished repairs.
Options for arranging balconies of medium and large area
If the area of the loggia varies within 4-6 m², then in this case there is enough space available to equip a separate place to relax. For this purpose, you can take out a sofa or armchair to the balcony and install a small table with a glass top. If you additionally fix shelves for books on the walls, you get an excellent library with a place for reading. You can free up space in the room and take out a spacious rack or wardrobe to the corner of the balcony.
Making out the design of a 6-meter loggia, you can organize an area for carpentry here. To do this, you will need to install a tabletop, as well as pull-out shelves and drawers for storing small items that are useful in work.
To save usable space in the apartment, you can take out a dryer to the balcony, although, in order not to take up space from the room, it is better to use an aluminum suspended structure, which is fixed under the ceiling and does not interfere with free movement. Installing a retractable ironing board is considered a good option. In this case, it is convenient to take off clothes from the dryer, immediately iron them and put them on the shelf of the cabinet built into the corner.
On a large loggia (from 7 square meters), it is possible to install not only an armchair with a table, but also a chest of drawers, a rack, wall shelves. In this case, you can equip a full-fledged bedroom on the loggia by placing a transforming sofa or chair-bed here. On such a loggia, it is appropriate to install a large number of lighting elements, and it is also recommended to decorate it with fresh flowers. In a large area, it is easy to organize other rooms, such as:
- children's play area;
Design of loggias combined with different rooms: play area and study
The interior of the loggia, combined with one of the rooms, must be carefully thought out. It is not always appropriate to leave 6-7 or even more square meters in an apartment for a loggia, especially if the living area is small. If the room is located next to the nursery, then organizing a play area there is considered a good option. In this case, it is not always necessary to remove the partition, since it can be used as an element of the interior.
For the floor in the play area, you need to choose the warmest materials, for example, a low-pile carpet that is easy to vacuum. Here you should definitely place a Swedish wall or even a whole game complex with stairs and slides. Installing shelves for toys will maximize the area of the main room. If the child is fond of creativity or painting, you can make a creative workshop on the balcony, especially since the presence of a large number of windows allows you to saturate the room with natural light.
Looking through the photos of the loggias, you can often see that this space is used as an office, because a computer desk does not require much space to install. If the loggia has an irregular shape, it is better to order a table for individual production. In this case, all niches and wall bends will be taken into account in the finished product.Additionally, it is recommended to organize shelves for folders and boxes for stationery near the table.
Kitchen and dressing room design, combined with a loggia: interior design photo
If the loggia is located next to the kitchen, then this option is considered the most advantageous, because there is nothing better than having a large kitchen, when decorating which you do not need to save space. This will allow you to install all the necessary household appliances, as well as make it possible to separately organize a dining area with a large table.
The easiest way to use a loggia is to organize a dining area on it. To do this, you just need to install sufficient lighting elements there and think over a heating system so that it is not cold. To this end, it is important to hang an electric radiator or UFO heater, which is considered economical and quickly heats the air.
A more difficult option is to take the working area to the loggia, because in this case it is necessary to conduct not only electricity, but also other communications. At the same time, it is important to correctly observe the slope of the water pipes so that there are no problems with water drainage. Below is a good selection of photos of the design of the balconies in the apartment, illustrating the successful combination of them with the kitchen.
Important! You should not plan to take a gas hob to the loggia, because often gas services do not allow such a kitchen re-equipment.
In order to save useful space in the rooms, you can use the loggia as a dressing room. To do this, you will most likely have to slightly change the glazing option and make several blind windows. It is recommended to arrange racks along walls or in several rows. In this case, it is important to install cabinets equipped with doors, and it is better that these are sliding structures. The presence of closed wardrobes will protect clothes from constant exposure to the sun and prevent them from fading.
Selection of the most suitable material for the interior decoration of balconies and loggias with their insulation and glazing.
How to correctly organize the design of a small balcony
To design a balcony in a Khrushchev or just a small apartment, you need to use space very rationally. The best option is to combine it with the next room. The corner on a rectangular balcony is perfect for installing a large cabinet with shelves.
In the conditions of a small balcony, you should consider installing not ordinary metal-plastic windows, which require a large amount of free space to open, but a sliding system made of aluminum. The aluminum balcony is a solid structure consisting of sliding doors that move along special guides. When closed, such windows are locked with a latch lock, which ensures safety in the room. In some cases, it is recommended to install sliding doors on the balcony, which do not require additional space to open.
A small narrow balcony can not only be made part of an adjoining room, but also organize a small place for relaxation there. For this purpose, it is recommended to mount a folding table on the wall, and install folding chairs nearby, which when folded take up a minimum amount of space. In the photo of the designs of the balconies in the Khrushchev, you can often see the equipment of the balcony in the French style, when large panoramic windows are used to the floor, which are decorated with a small forged fence from the outside.
Important! If the balcony is located on the facade of a building, then permission from the city's architectural bureau may be required to decorate it. This is especially true for the facades located in the central parts of the city.
Furniture and accessories for organizing the interior of the balcony
The choice of furniture for a balcony and a loggia is influenced by such moments as the size of the room, shape, use option (glazed balcony or open version). If glazing of the balcony is not planned, then you should choose interior items that are intended for outdoor use - it can be rattan wicker, plastic or metal furniture. If the area is small, it is better to give preference to folding structures or purchase transforming furniture. A good option is to install a reclining chair or chaise longue.
If you look at the photo gallery of the interiors of balconies of modern design, you can see that it is important to place built-in structures in small areas, especially for tables and cabinets. On rectangular balconies or loggias, it is better to consider options for installing corner furniture with built-in retractable fittings in order to make the most of every centimeter of space.
When it comes to a balcony combined with a kitchen, the window partition is removed, and the freed space is used to install a bar counter, which not only creates an additional surface, but also successfully separates the working area from the dining area. High bar stools will organically fit around the bar counter, and on the counter itself you can organize special guides where glasses and glasses will be beautifully placed.
In the event that the loggia or balcony is glazed in order to fill the room with comfort, blinds or curtains are placed on the windows. This is especially true when glazing to the floor or when the room faces the south side, which is well lit by the sun. It is advisable to fix fabric or roman blinds on the windows. If the balcony is on the unlit side, the installation of modern day-night roller shutters is suitable.
Focusing on the type of balcony finish, you can also purchase blinds made of fabric, wood or plastic. At the same time, depending on the size of the windows, vertical or horizontal blinds are chosen, which will not only help to dose the penetration of sunlight, but also hide the room from prying eyes. Considering the photo of curtains on the balcony, you can pay attention to the fact that you should not choose too dense options for window decoration. It is better to give preference to lightweight fabrics, the color of which matches the color of the walls.
Choosing an interior design for a balcony: photos of design options in classic styles
When choosing a style for decorating a balcony or loggia, one should focus not only on personal preferences, but also on the general stylistic direction of the interior, because these rooms are also considered integral parts of the apartment. When all rooms are designed in the same style, a holistic picture of the space is created.
The Art Nouveau balcony is considered a rather expensive design option, because natural materials are used here both in decoration and in the selection of furniture elements. In this case, it is not recommended to install classic white metal-plastic windows - it is better to give preference to options for a tree, although they will cost a little more.
In the photo of the interiors of the balconies in the Art Nouveau style, you can see a large number of floral motifs that are used when decorating walls and choosing accessories.Forged items and stained glass windows are considered other integral elements. Here, the most relevant color options are purple, blue, yellow, olive and green.
The classic way of arranging a room is more suitable for organizing a spacious loggia. Natural materials are also used here, decoration with the use of precious woods is especially appreciated. The presence of fresh flowers is encouraged, geometrically correct shapes are preferred when choosing furniture. For surface finishing, use pastel colors and light shades. Vintage furniture with a hint of antiques will look good.
Modern styles in the design of the balcony design: photos of ready-made examples
The features of modern styles are laconic finishes, the use of calm shades, simple shapes and a minimum amount of furniture. That is why they are used more often in small areas. The most popular direction of modern styles is high-tech, which is characterized by clear and strict lines, the use of an abundance of glass and metal surfaces.
A distinctive feature of this interior is sliding windows and doors, tables with a glass top and chrome legs. Since the style is considered ultra-modern, it is good if automatic blinds are installed, and the light on the balcony is controlled using a touch panel. It is important that there are many stand-alone lighting sources that illuminate different niches and cabinets.
In the color scheme, preference is given to white, gray and silver colors. It is important to supplement the interior with new-fashioned accessories, which can be used as a clock that shows not only the time, but also the temperature, humidity indicators both outdoors and indoors.
The loft style will fit especially organically into the design of a small balcony. The best option in this case is the presence of a brick wall, or its imitation. It is recommended to hang open shelves on the walls, on which you can place green grass in pots, stylized as small buckets. They complement the interior of the balcony with a homemade sofa made of pallets, which is covered with a bright blanket, and a table made in the same style.
A correctly designed balcony or loggia design will make the room part of an apartment. The room can become a secluded corner where you can quietly work or read a book. If you equip the loggia thoroughly, then it will completely become an independent room for children or adults. The main thing is to rationally use all the available space.