Take it outside: balcony living

28 March 2016

If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony, we want to help you make the most of it. It’s more than just a spot to catch some sun; it’s a whole outdoor room, where you can live as much of your life as you want to.

A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants.. A shot of a balcony with a table and chairs, bench, grill and lots of plants..
An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice. An outdoor dining table with a lantern, a plate of pastries, and juice.

When the weather’s perfect, pretty much everything happens outdoors. From eating, to working, to drawing with the kids. A nice, big table gives you a place to take all of your indoor activities out into the fresh air. So pull up a chair, gather the family, and have a mid-day snack. Or as we call it in Sweden, fika.

Indoors, outdoors, wherever you are, a chill-out zone is an absolute must. Benches provide lots of extra seating, and cushions can turn that bench into a day bed. Perfect for a snooze or just a place to stretch out. Need more pillows and blankets? Keep them in a box under the bench.

A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop. A close-up image of a pastry and a glass of juice on a tabletop.
A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant. A close-up image of a potted plant.
A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows. A close-up image of a wooden box filled with blankets and pillows.

“I find that you can get the most out of your balcony when you create distinct areas for different activities. It mimics the feeling of your indoor home.”

Lina Aldén, interior designer

A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella. A blue lounge chair in the corner of the balcony surrounded with lots of plants and a big umbrella.

OUR TIP

Looking for a bit of zen? All you need is a chair to lounge in, an umbrella to stay cool, and a whole lot of greenery.

A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill. A prep station with a cutting board and lots of vegetables next to a grill.

You know what’s better than eating al fresco? Cooking al fresco. Designate a kitchen area, take it all outside, and get to work prepping and grilling. Trust us, it’s super relaxing, and you won’t have to miss out on socialising while everyone else is hanging out on the balcony with out you.

MADE BY

Interior designer: Lina Aldén
Digital designer: Annie Svensson
Copywriter: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Daniel Wester
Editor: Linda Harkell