Balconies can be so many things: social gathering spots, quiet retreats and, most important, places to take in the view. These 8 balconies each have something special to offer, which may be why they’re the most popular balcony photos uploaded to Houzz from January through March this year, as measured by the number of people who’ve saved them to their ideabooks. Which one would you like to settle into for a while?
8. Beach View
Not much adornment is needed when the view looks like this. This Southampton, New York, balcony complements that gorgeous vista with natural materials and a pared-down palette of wood and white.
7. Fireplace Surround
This balcony in a mountain lake home opens to the fresh outdoors. A stone-rimmed fireplace offers heat and coziness in the cooler months. Outdoor furniture provides comfortable places to enjoy the view — or, if you prefer, the TV above the fireplace.
6. Overhead Glow
This Melbourne, Australia, balcony gets zing from a cheery green tabletop and string lights that add sparkle and an extra-special feeling to the alfresco experience.
5. The Treehouse
This photo shows the balcony in The Treehouse, the hundred-year-old Craftsman that designer Faith Blakeney shares with her daughter, Miss Noa. Blakeney chose slightly weathered colors throughout the home, which she describes as seeming as though they’ve spent years under the sun.
4. Great Balls of Light
The globe shape of these two hanging pendants and the rounded lines of the chairs contrast nicely with the horizontal and vertical lines of the balcony’s rails and beams. The curves add an organic vibe to what would otherwise be a fairly linear, structured space.
3. Balcony Garden
Plants, a wooden bench and family photographs soften an enclosed Moscow balcony clad in red and white brick. This balcony is a great example of how adding personal touches and greenery can warm a space up.
2. Moscow Skyline
This enclosed balcony affords dramatic views of the Moscow cityscape, which in this photo features a pastel night sky. Roll-down shades offer privacy as well as protection from the sun’s rays.
1. Brazilian Jungle House
This balcony is part of a home located in the lush forested area of a beach in Guarujá, Brazil. The streamlined, elegant design continues throughout the rest of the stunning home.
-By Erin Carlyle, Houzz