The very image of a balcony thrills most of us. The breeze, the outdoors and perhaps a mini garden to bond with nature is all too enticing. But not all balconies are spacious enough. For instance, faux balconies are more of an aesthetic element. These balconies are small and their main function is to provide an obstruction to a doorway or a French window opening out from a room. A true balcony, on the other hand, has the doors opening out onto a small patio with railings.
One of the interesting variations in balconies is the 'Juliet balcony'. No prizes for guessing the origins of the term. This is a small balcony and does not afford space for a recliner or a cane table-chair set. But one can open the French window or the door on a sunny day and convert the entire room into a balcony. One can also place a relaxing chair in the balcony and create a reading or a napping spot.
The aesthetic appearance of a Juliet balcony is not restricted to the interiors. It adds to the beauty of the building from the exterior too. Its railings can be made of different materials. Glass sheets lend a touch of class, a stone balustrade is a time-honoured option, while metal railings are sturdy.
Aluminium Juliet balconies are quick and easy to install. Since it's small, the Juliet balcony usually does not require columns, posts or rods for support. You can always add a touch of green to the balcony. Add hanging baskets with bright flowering plants. Twine creepers around the balusters. Fix planters to the railings and use them to grow plants with colourful flowers or foliage.
The Juliet balcony need not be incorporated only into a building that's under construction. You can get your existing building renovated to accommodate it too. And, the best part is that it is inexpensive. Modern apartments are going for it with great gusto.
So, what are you waiting for? Get that Juliet balcony for your bedroom or living room, and invite the outdoors inside.