Cool breezes. Nice views. Hey, let’s hang out on the balcony! But how do you make your balcony into an oasis of cool? Not to fear, interior Dave Deckorater is here.

colorful flowers in a wood planter box 300x300How about some plants? There’s nothing like some color to brighten up your day. Some low maintenance annuals might be just the ticket, and easy too. Traipse down to your local garden center or big box home improvement store and pick some things out. Read the label on the plants to account for full sun, partial sun or shade, depending on your needs. Don’t forget to water!

What about some seating? Get something made for the weather – all weather wicker, wrought iron or similar. You don’t want something that you have to worry about getting wet.

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How about a deck covering? Again, it’s got to be something compatible with outside applications. But an outdoor area rug would feel great on bare feet.

Just one thing not to do – no grills! We’ve had fires start on a balcony. Let’s learn from the experience.

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