15 Amazing Balcony Ideas, Plus Expert Design Advice

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Balcony ideas tend to focus on the finishing touches, but ensuring the design of the balcony fits in with the style of your home is essential to get right — otherwise you'll end up with lovely viewpoint, but to the detriment of the property's kerb appeal. 

Scale, detailing and function will all make huge an impact on how a balcony will work as a destination away from the rest of the house and garden – be that as a grown-up retreat, a spot to star gaze with kids, or simply have a nap in the sun – so it pays to consider these things early on.

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.