“I have two rules of thumb when I design: the first is understanding the proportions of a space and how the right furniture can fit within it. The second is about attaining a well-balanced design: layering colours, textures and shapes together for the best results,” says Shermaine Maena Ong, founder of Singapore-based studio Mosh Interior.
These principles can be applied to balconies, too. A well-designed balcony can inject elements of the outdoors into your interior; an especially desirable quality when you’re spending more time at home.
There are numerous reasons to make the balcony more than just an afterthought in your abode. “Balconies can become an extension of the living room,” says Ong. “You can install a bar counter with high stools that can double as a working area as well as a space where you can entertain your guests.”
She advises selecting weatherproof pieces that combine style and durability, so your furnishings will be able to withstand sudden rainstorms as well as hot and sunny days. “The rain and the sun are always factors that affect semi-outdoor spaces. Good-quality materials such as Sunbrella outdoor fabrics will help to mitigate these issues.”
Here, the designer shares more tips for transforming your outdoor space into a stylish haven.