Help me dress up my balcony
alex201283May 2, 2013
We have just bought an old apartment that we are renovating, and one of its best features was this lovely big balcony space. But right now its pretty ugly.

We have a new grey outdoor setting for it (see pic), and we have darkish grey tiles going down. But other than that no plans.

I really want to have a separate "lounge area" , as well as the dining spot. But i could really do with some suggestions on paint colours for the walls, and how to disguise the shutters, and the roof if possible.

All the ugly plants in the photos have gone.

Its about 4m(13ft) wide by 5m (16ft) long
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PYRAMID DESIGN GROUP
TO start the project I would paint the ceiling a light blue, get a colorful indoor/outdoor area rug, build a redwood planter box, and get some colorful plants. Then look into furniture--you might also look at some colorful lanterns.
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cici2216
Definitely paint the ceiling...even a soft pale lavender would compliment the rose colored tiles. You may want to consider some strip lighting? I would even create a wide ledge that fits over the balcony wall, then place strip lights underneath the ledge overhang to give the look an upscale mood and more depth!
    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 8:36PM
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Ed
Hi Alex, congrats on your new home. I agree with you that it is very spacious, nice open feeling. I don't think it's ugly at all. I also don't see what's wrong with the current ceiling. But if you want to paint it, go for it -- I think it looks fine as it is.
    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 8:45PM
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alex201283
this might sounds stupid, but what do you have to do to paint metal? Its a metal, like a galvanised roof. Do you think if I put a lattice up in front of those salmony coloured roller shutters and weaved some fairy lights through them?
    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:11PM
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travelinc
To hide your ceiling I would run white, LED, Christmas lights every foot or two in the creases and then cover the whole thing with double layer tulle stapled down. You can swag it or pull it flat. It will soften the harsh appearance and add some great soft lighting.
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Ed
Hi Alex, follow-up on Pyramid's suggestion --
Sherwin-Williams SW 6784 Bravo Blue --
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Sherwin-Williams SW 7522 MeadowLark --
    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 11:44PM
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Sherwin-Williams SW 6650 Marquis Orange --
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alex201283
They are all a bit funky - I like it!!! will mull on it over the weekend!
Thanks everyone, keep the ideas coming!
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Ed
Hi Alex -- I don't know if you can change the colors of the walls (shutters?), but I'll throw these ideas out there anyway -- NOT trying to disguise or hide any part of your balcony. :)
Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6650 Marquis Orange.
Walls -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6958 Dynamic Blue --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 1:48AM
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Hi Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6958 Dynamic Blue.
Walls -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6902 Decisive Yellow --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 1:58AM
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Hi Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6076 Turkish Coffee.
Walls -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6902 Decisive Yellow --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:01AM
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Hi Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6650 Marquis Orange.
Walls -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6902 Decisive Yellow --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:04AM
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Hi Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6076 Turkish Coffee.
Walls -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6650 Marquis Orange --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:06AM
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Hi Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6076 Turkish Coffee.
Left wall -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6650 Marquis Orange.
Right wall -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6902 Decisive Yellow --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:09AM
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Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6871 Positive Red.
Left wall -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6650 Marquis Orange.
Right wall -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6902 Decisive Yellow --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:15AM
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Alex -- Ceiling -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6871 Positive Red.
Left wall -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6924 Direct Green.
Right wall -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6902 Decisive Yellow --
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:20AM
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aimran
how about all white painted pots & planters, with lots of flowers.. like the orange shade that Ed did but only for the roof shutters..
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:23AM
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I think you've gone a bit crazy Ed (it's the heady power of driving a Ferrari!!!)

May I suggest that a metallic paint that reflects light and redistributes it will be amazing with the curves in your ceiling. I am not going to give you a painted version... but I do seriously think it will be very effective - as you have surrounding sand colours - a pale gold taupe metallic sheen would be wonderful.

For your screens, I would put up something like a stretched outdoor fabric over a frame that fits into both these screens (or if you cannot, create 4 squares that fit in each of the larger squares) (Tyvec is quite good) or even sailcloth. Place outdoor lights behind them, (variable LED colour lights work beautifully). This will create a diffused light in the evening that will be interesting and bring light into the area (on a dimmer if you can because of insects)

Finally get a nice sofa set in grey (perhaps even a sectional as the square lines work with your dining bench). A coffee table and an ottoman that allows extra people to sit on, to move into the sun or way as you feel.
Portofino™ Signature 8 Piece Deep Seating Set in Weathered Grey

Oh, and if you can a nice water feature...
Block Fountain with Ball
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:44AM
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aimran
how about these lights for ceiling? 10406 Charter Lake
position a sofa set against the screens' side.. love seat against it, while the chairs on either side sideways... they should go with your chosen dining set (possibly also white or grey)..
place a lot of plants (how about palms? or ferns) & planters (terracotta or all white coloured) in and around teh sofa arrangement.. anchor with an indoor/outdoor rug (say in black & white geometric print).. get outdoor cushions in prints or colour combos like these Designer home in SF..
this should be rusty/orange/grey/red themed overall..

paint this pattern or stencil it ( How to stencil, easy step-by-step roller stenciling technique ) of the divider in this pic onto the screen behind your sofa (i-e on the horizontal bit) South Boston Living Room with the ceiling painted dull orangish or grey like Ed suggested in his third pic http://st.houzz.com/simgs/cc32679f01835da7_7-3690/home-design.jpg..
or MOST simply just hang white sheers infront of the screens for giving it the look of a room and adding softness... wish you can get something mold & damp resistant.. will make for a nice backdrop..

hang flower boxes along the parallel walls.. or simply if the ceiling can take it, hang 2-3 flower baskets or one's with vines on each side...

position your dining table perpendicular to this sofa arrangement. it will be lengthwise between sofa set & window.. place lovely orange lilies on the dining table or marigolds etc..

place an orange seat wooden bench under the window or alternatively keep terracotta empty pots there of different heights.. you can place lights in them if they have decorative openings in their sides
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 3:34AM
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aimran
suggestion for outdoor rug under sofa set: Resorts Black/ Sand Rug or Milliken Black and White Vibe Techno Black Rug
you can simply go all black & white & grey...
or replace orange as suggested before with canary yellow?
    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 4:18AM
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Ed
ASV :) --
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alex201283
Thanks everyone for your great ideas! Given me a lot to think about!
1 Like    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 5:09PM
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Ed
So Alex, can you change the shutters or not ? :)
    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 6:27PM
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alex201283
At this stage, we dont have the budget to install new shutters, but we dont want to paint them either, as that will render them unusable ( in terms of going up and down) so we think the best solution will be to "disguise" them. Although I did like some of your funky colour schemes!!! Very fun!
    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 6:44PM
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Alex :)
    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 6:53PM
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