How to Turn a Regular Balcony Into a Relaxing Paradise May 20, 2022 by Brad McCormick San Mateo’s Mediterranean-like weather is an open invitation to embrace life al fresco. Taking in the views from your own private balcony while a gentle breeze whispers by is practically paradise — or at least it can be if you design the space for maximum enjoyment. If you’re looking for inspiration to make your private balcony as luxurious as your senior condo, keep reading for balcony design ideas that let you create an inviting extension of your luxury independent living space where you can relax and revel in each postcard-worthy day. Steps to Elevate Your Senior Condo Balcony Bring the Indoors Out Treating your balcony as another room gives you an extra place to pass the time, whether you’re enjoying a good book on your own or toasting the end of another day with your friends and neighbors. Using furnishings that mimic traditional living room pieces (think loveseat, overstuffed chairs, etc.) gives your balcony a cozy, comfy feel that invites you to sit and stay for a while. Spill Over Your Interior Design Another balcony design idea is matching your exterior to the overall aesthetic of your home decor in the adjoining room indoors. Using similar versions of outdoor-friendly furnishings in a similar color palette creates a sense of continuity that makes both spaces feel larger and invites guests to flow from one area to the other. Add Functional Space Balconies aren’t just for leisure time; they’re perfectly suited for functions like outdoor dining. There’s nothing quite like an eye-pleasing view while you’re enjoying a peaceful meal, so incorporating a table and chairs is a balcony design idea that can be as practical as it is pleasurable. Use Accessories Thoughtfully Aside from the furnishings, you’ll need to incorporate elements that increase the visual appeal and bring depth and character to the space. Throw blankets and pillows are smart ways to introduce some texture and color, while details like flameless candles or string lights cast an ambient glow. Don’t Ignore the Floor Most balconies have a concrete floor, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Decking tiles or rugs eliminate the stark look of concrete and offer a more pleasing aesthetic that starts from the ground and goes up. The best part: If you decide to change your design style, both deck tiles and rugs are easy to remove so you can upgrade at any time. Go Big Your balcony may not be expansive, but that’s no reason to go modest with your design. Ideas for outdoor spaces that really stand out include bold colors and patterns, and statement pieces that draw the eye for maximum impact. Draw on your personality to weave elements of your vibrance into the design. Incorporate Your Hobbies If you’re an avid gardener or enjoy birdwatching, create a retreat where you can putter to your heart’s content. Container gardens can make for both attractive and engaging additions to a condo balcony. For greater visual appeal, use risers or plant stands to vary heights and consider using a blend of planter shapes and sizes. Create Your Own Outdoor Paradise Find your dream balcony escape at The Peninsula Regent, where the senior condos feature private balconies with views. Check out photos of available condos, including balconies just waiting for your special touch.