Sick of the state of your balcony? Here's how to do it up and maximise space

Your balcony doesn’t have to be a dreary area with a couple of chairs and a tiny table, you can make it into anything you want! Not sure where to begin? Express.co.uk chatted to the founder of Design'd Living, Rob Lessmann, to find out how to decorate your balcony to make it feel more spacious.

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Storage

Apartments always lack storage, to ensure that this is one of the key things you consider when planning the balcony space.

We’re not talking about bookshelves and chest of drawers, Rob recommends getting seating areas that double up as storage, so cushions and throws can be popped into the seating storage when not in use.

He added: “This storage can also be used for extra items that don’t fit in the home as well as anything you’ll need to maintain the space like compost or garden tools.

“Also, opt for storage that’s waterproof, or make it waterproof by lining it, so everything stays dry.”

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Depending on where you live, look at materials that match the environment and consider environmental factors like being south-facing or near the sea.

Rob said: “If you’re going to opt for wooden bench storage seating, then make sure the wood is protected and know that you’ll have to keep the maintenance up.

“Equally, if you’re looking at plastic or metal, make sure it can stand up to the heat.”

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Balcony garden ideas:Balcony garden ideas: Your balcony has the potential to be a relaxing outdoor space (Image: Getty)

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Decking

It is possible to have decking on your balcony, but you’ll probably need to use millboard composite.

Rob said: “Millboard composite decking is great to float on the floor, it’s anti-slip and anti-algae, so easy to keep clean.

“It’s not cheap, but it will stand the test of time and also won’t warp in the sun.

“If you’re going for a wooden deck, ensure it’s treated first and keep it clean and maintained to avoid it becoming slippery.

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“Don’t be afraid of colour, it’s a great way to add interest and can make space seem much bigger.”

Multi-use items

To really create a feeling of space, it’s all about multi-use items but also working with the length and width of the space.

Rob explained: “If your balcony is long and slim, then opt for a seating area at one end and a planting area at the other to keep the width of the space but utilise the length.

“A double-width seating area allows for a backbench which doubles as storage and an additional bench in front of this to pull out as your table.

“Again, make this extra storage, or even split it into four with a planter on either side and another seat in the middle.”

Permanent seating which acts as storage will maximise the space, according to Rob: “Collapsible tables in bright colours or those which match your interior are a great addition and can easily be stored in the seating benches.”

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Colour scheme

Everyone has a different taste, but there is one decision you need to make to ensure the balcony space makes sense.

Rob said: “In terms of colours, first decide if you want your balcony to be an extension of your indoor space or a totally different environment.

“If you’re planning on having the doors open to lead onto your balcony space for most of the time, then marrying the interior colours, using the same colours in an outside safe fabric or matching the linens to the interior colours instantly creates a feeling of more space.”

Greenery

Plants and green interiors are trendy at the moment, and adding greenery to your balcony will instantly give you a more

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