Get your share of green

Teja Lele Desai lists five easy ways to spruce up the patio and terrace

September 25, 2020 01:05 pm | Updated 01:05 pm IST

Cozy summer balcony with many potted plants, cup of tea and old vintage book

Cozy summer balcony with many potted plants, cup of tea and old vintage book

We may have been confined us to our homes these past few months and if you haven’t already, it’s time you redo your only slice of outdoors — the balcony or terrace — to get your share of sunshine.

Most times, the balcony, patio or terrace turns into the most neglected area of our home. But it can be the place where you have your first cup of coffee at sunrise or relax with a book at sundown. Kit out your open space to make your time there much more enjoyable.

1. A table to begin with

Be it a coffee table or a side table that’s functioning as your central furniture fixture, look for a piece that is just right in scale. Too big a piece may mean you can’t fit much of anything else in the verandah. If you don’t want a large table, consider using an ottoman — one with storage.

Top view of a balcony with plants, pouf a table with breakfast

Top view of a balcony with plants, pouf a table with breakfast

2. Get the seating right

Wouldn’t you like to put your legs up as you read the latest bestseller or peruse the morning papers along with hot cup of coffee? Ensure that there’s always somewhere comfortable to sit by getting a couple of options — a bench, a single seater and a rattan piece may be?

Blue and white striped pattern string and cotton hammock hanging chair, white painted wooden board background. Relaxing in countryside home garden balcony outdoors on summer day concept.

Blue and white striped pattern string and cotton hammock hanging chair, white painted wooden board background. Relaxing in countryside home garden balcony outdoors on summer day concept.

3. Swing in a hammock

Add an element that will put you in a holiday mood every time you enter your verandah. A smart hammock that invites you to laze and linger — along with a book or your thoughts — is just the thing you need to invest in.

Summer and hot weather concept photo. Pink mini fan working outdoors on wooden table.

Summer and hot weather concept photo. Pink mini fan working outdoors on wooden table.

4. If there’s no breeze, create it

It’s going to be breezy some nights if you’re lucky, but it’s sure to be hot on most of them. Stay immune to heat — well almost! — by installing a swinging wall fan that showers you with the breeze you need every minute.

5. Let there be soft light

There’s something about soft candlelight. It creates a mellow inviting atmosphere that seems to rid a space of all problems in a jiffy. Pop a couple of candles in candle holders and light up when you have guests over; they’ll gravitate out of doors naturally.

Color image depicting a woman, in her 30s and of caucasian ethnicity, reading an e-book using a digital e-reader while sitting on her balcony. The balcony is illuminated with fairy lights and is full of potted plants and flowers. Room for copy space.

Color image depicting a woman, in her 30s and of caucasian ethnicity, reading an e-book using a digital e-reader while sitting on her balcony. The balcony is illuminated with fairy lights and is full of potted plants and flowers. Room for copy space.

Apart from these five tips, there are many other ways to enhance the aesthetic of your open space: bring in cheerful decals, string up a bunting, grow a mini garden, or display some cheap ceramic plates. Sky is the limit so get started and liven up your home this weekend.

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