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A room with a view

DNBAN15585 | 11/6/2009 | Author : Rashmi Narayan | WC :337

When I hear someone say balcony, I instantly remember Romeo and Juliet,” says architect K Jaisim, who believes that balconies will remain eternal in architecture and interior decor. He adds, “While building your balcony, you must keep in mind two things — safety and the view that your balcony boasts of.”

Jaisim feels balconies must be planned well. “They are created out of the smallest spaces available these days and the best that one can do is to make them look large. I have a concept of strip gardens, where, if you cannot paint your balcony with vibrant colours, you could use small and select plants that will make a difference. Avoid allotting more than three feet for the railing at your balcony as they tend to spoil the look.”

Architect Sandeep Bothireddy says using light coloured tiles and paint for the walls of your balcony could work wonders as it makes the smallest of places look bigger. “Balconies, in apartments these days, are rather small, but one can still make it look spacious. For starters, use only overhanging pots with bright, flowery plants. These make for a pretty picture. Instead of using chairs and tables, use a long bench on one side of the balcony wall. That way, you get enough space to walk around as well,” he suggests. Sandeep also feels that lighting, in the balcony, plays a vital role as this is the place where people usually relax after a long day at work.

Interior designer Madhumita Tandon feels concrete balconies are a total turn off. “It’s better to use  grills or railing instead of cement. Also, concrete balconies are not ideal because they tend to break, crack or need to be plastered after a few years. While they are perfect if you have small children at home, maintenance has always been an issue. For those who are stuck with these, try making small square holes in your concrete balcony and place tiny plants in that space,” she recommends.

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