Setting up a Mediterranean Balcony

Balcony/Terrace Jungle: Hardy plants and tips
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You don’t need a huge budget to create a Mediterranean balcony. A few little things are often enough to transform a “natural” outdoor area into a bright Mediterranean oasis of luxury reminiscent of our favorite vacation in Ibiza, Greece or Portugal. And I don’t mean the faux-Mediterranean style found in many German houses and apartments at the end of the 1990s, or the terrible cheap terracotta charm that many all-inclusive resorts in Mediterranean countries still “impart” to this day. Instead, I mean the natural, elegant charm of the Mediterranean world with lots of colour, natural materials, lots of white, plants and comfortable seating that instantly puts us in the holiday mood and reminds us of a charming Airbnb in Portugal or a nice beach. A bar in Greece. Or all at the same time.

By the way: I mainly took inspiration from the book when designing my balcony The new Mediterranean Be Inspired is entirely dedicated to modern Mediterranean style and has completely revised my opinion about Mediterranean furniture.

Mediterranean balcony preparation: Tip 1. Requirements

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I decorated our balcony in the old apartment in the jungle style I knew in Bali, Hawaii, or Costa Rica. When choosing plants, I made sure that most of them were hardy and would thrive well in our latitudes. You can see how I did it in the article Set up your jungle gazebo Read slowly. At that time, our balcony faced east and was protected from the wind and directly in front of the forest, so even though it was sunny in the morning, it was always too cool for plants with beautiful foliage like ferns, hostas or our banana fibres. The latter likes a bit of sun, but it needs so much water that you can’t keep up with watering.

Balcony/Terrace Jungle: Hardy plants and tips
Our eastern “jungle” terrace before moving on

Unfortunately, when we moved from the cold east porch to our own apartment with a sunny, windy south-facing balcony and southwest porch, most of the plants were completely out of place and many died. Instead, the conditions in our new apartment are actually perfect for a Mediterranean balcony. Although we don’t have the warmest temperatures here on the edge of the Westerwald like the lower Rhine, for example, which is why you have to be careful when overwintering medium-sized plants, the abundance of sun provides the best conditions for many. Plants that like it warm and dry. In addition, the Mediterranean style fits best with our apartment itself and the light yellow facade of the house, which of course we, apartment owners, cannot change much. What I want to say: Especially when it comes to planting, the design of the balcony should also fit the location of the balcony. Sun-loving Mediterranean plants are difficult to grow on a cold, north-facing balcony. Of course, parts of the furniture style can also be implemented on this balcony.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel
Initial situation: new southwest loggia before renovation

Tip 2. Paint patio tiles

On our balcony, you created something eye-catching with our floor design and, in my opinion, the highlight of our Mediterranean balcony. I painted antique discolored clay tiles in a Portuguese tile pattern using stencils. I will tell you how I did it in a separate article Patio tile paint Explained step by step. Although terracotta colors generally pair nicely with the Mediterranean style, unfortunately our tiles were very delicate and stained. I also didn’t like the combination of the orange floor and the lemon yellow wall – it reminded me too much of that 90s glam I talked about at the beginning. When it came to colours, I chose taupe as the base color and warm antique white as the sample colour. I generally like it simpler in terms of color. However, this style has become a real highlight. In addition, stains on the textured floor are less noticeable.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

Mediterranean Balcony Setting Tip 3. White meets natural colors

What I like very much about Mediterranean style is the combination of white with natural colors such as beige and brown. Since the porch ceiling, which is also the ceiling of our house, already consists of white painted wooden boards and the railings are also white, we had the perfect conditions to implement this combination. We wanted to bring in natural colors through privacy screens, rugs and furniture.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

Tip 4. Protect privacy

A beautiful privacy screen often makes a big difference in terms of comfort and natural colors. Instead of plastic, we have a natural one Privacy screen made of reed Set, which can be easily attached to the fence using cable ties. This type of privacy screen does not cost much and brings in a lot of heat. In addition, the hollow stems of the reeds serve as an important haven for insects. The fact that it is loosely tied and still allows enough light and sun through is another plus point for me. This type of privacy screen always reminds me of a beach bar down south.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

Set up your Mediterranean balcony: Tip 5. Comfortable lounge furniture

Having rarely sat at the large dining table in the old balcony, it was clear that we wanted to replace it with a cozy lounge corner in the new apartment. We are very lucky to have two balconies in our apartment. Since we already have a top table and a seating area downstairs, it should be really comfortable on the southwest loggia. If you’re brave, you can also choose a combination of wood with white or cream upholstery. We have ourselves as Dog owner We chose beige and gray upholstery, and added a few white pillows to it.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

Tip 6. Plants for your Mediterranean balcony

When it comes to growing a Mediterranean balcony, people in this part of the world often face a dilemma. Very few Mediterranean plants can withstand the temperatures of a German winter – especially not in pots, where the soil freezes more quickly. I’ve had good winter experiences with it Chinese hemp palm Made to be packed in winter and protected from wind and rain as much as possible. Also Olive Treewhich is essentially an example of Mediterranean cultivation, and is said to overwinter well.

Balcony/Terrace Jungle: Hardy plants and tipsSetting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

Otherwise I will give up farming Mediterranean herbs Such as rosemary, thyme or lavender, which are even available in the form of small ordinary trees. If possible, they should also be kept in a cool indoor location during the winter if you want to enjoy them next year. It is easy to winterize and also ideal for a Mediterranean balcony design Outdoor succulents Like Sempervirum or Sedecum, it is hardy and comes back every year even without winter protection.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feelSetting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

The plants mentioned so far all like to be sunny. However, it is ideal for shady corners coward or Hydrangea.

Mediterranean balcony preparation: Tip 7. Decoration from a combination of materials

For me, what defines the new Mediterranean style is a beautiful combination of different natural materials: jute, linen and coarse cotton can be wonderfully combined with rattan, macramé, seagrass or reed and wood.

I chose the floor for two large people Round jute rugs Established. However, it’s not specifically intended for outdoor use, which isn’t a problem on our covered porch since it never rains here. There are now many other beautiful balconies and terraces Outdoor style in JutelookIt is washable and can withstand rain well. The rug ensures warmer feet when sitting and grilling, instantly makes your porch more comfortable and matches perfectly with our reed privacy screen.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

On the sofa, cushions made of different materials in cream and beige with cozy faux fur ensure comfort. The faux fur is also washable and is our dog’s favorite place to lie down – so the furnishings are extra protected. When it comes to indoor pillows, make sure they are washable and do not contain any fluff.

When it comes to flower pots, I use a combination of rattan and seagrass. Of course, classic clay pots or lightweight concrete pots in gray (warm) colors are also suitable. You can also hang hanging plants in one instead of the classic but ugly plastic hanging baskets Macrame ampel Hanging from the ceiling. If necessary, you can also wash it by hand if it becomes dirty due to the weather. It can also serve as additional privacy protection.

Setting up a Mediterranean balcony - 8 tips to give your balcony a modern Mediterranean feel

It is also a beautiful and inexpensive balcony decoration above all BannersWhich are often sold as wedding decorations. They are available in bright colors or simply made of jute fabric.

Tip 8. Lighting

For me, one of the easiest ways to make the balcony cozy even in the evening is with the help of light. Unfortunately, many lamps are not suitable for outdoor use. When purchasing, you should make sure that what you need is especially important for exposed balconies and terraces Wall lamp Approved for outdoor use so electronic devices are protected from water splashes!

But often one is enough (solar power) fairy lights Beautiful lighting and a relaxing atmosphere. The solar panel can usually be easily attached to the outside of a porch railing using cable ties and provides up to 8 hours of light on sunny days – without increasing your electricity bill. Now light a few candles or a Table fire -And summer could come!

Do you have any other tips for preparing your Mediterranean balcony or any questions? Then I would be very happy to hear from you in the comments!

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