Almost every apartment has a balcony. It is used in different ways: as a storage room, as a sleeping place in the summer. The loggia has some advantages. For example, unlike a balcony, it has all four walls and a ceiling. The advantage of the loggia is that it is almost always glazed. Therefore, many owners combine it with one of the rooms or make a personal account in it.
A small loggia can be an extension of the kitchen. This option is suitable for an apartment in a panel house or for owners of narrow rooms.
If the loggia is large, then it can be designed as a gym or a bedroom. Parents can equip the space as a children's corner.
- In order to start arranging the balcony, it must be cleaned of all unnecessary things, i.e. throw away everything that has not been used for a long time. After that, you need to sweep and wash the floors.
- Having finished cleaning, they begin to engage in glazing. Windows can be with wooden frames, plastic or frameless. They can be traditional, stained or tinted glass.
- Next, a waterproofing procedure is carried out. She may be:
- coating based on bitumen, polymer or liquid rubber;
- pasting roll.
- special water-repellent primer.
Waterproofing is needed to protect against external influences.
- Warming a room is another important step. Not only walls are insulated, but also the floor and ceiling. Mineral plate, penoplex or polystyrene are the main insulation materials.
- Interior decoration starts with cladding.
- The ceiling is usually sheathed with high quality drywall. The good thing about this material is that it can be decorated with wood panels or painted. The ceiling can also be made suspended: it is sheathed with clapboard or simply whitewashed.
- For wall cladding, modern and resistant plastic panels, wood or PVC lining or vinyl siding are used. Decorate the walls with wallpaper with photo printing or paint.
- The floor is covered with laminate, tiles or carpet. You can install a "warm floor" system. This option is expensive, but it can replace other heating devices such as batteries or heaters.
This finishing work can be considered complete. Now you can proceed to the arrangement and design of the room.
You can equip the loggia as you like. It all depends on the desire and financial capabilities of the apartment owners. It is possible to decorate beautifully and conveniently not only a large loggia, but also a small one. The main thing is to know how to do it correctly.
Study. It is necessary for those people who work from home. Therefore, the office must be equipped with everything that may be needed. First of all, you need to put a desk on which a computer or laptop will stand. The table should be of such a size that it fits freely on the loggia and does not interfere with the passage.
If the room is too small, then you can purchase a compact table and hang the monitor on the wall. Shelves for books and papers are installed above the workplace. You can put a scanner or printer on them.
It is very important to correctly position the lighting devices in the office. In the evenings, the light should be bright enough so that you can work with documents without straining your eyes.
You can supplement the room with paintings or indoor flowers.
Wardrobe - this is the dream of all girls. If there is not enough space in the apartment or there are too many wardrobes, then you can transfer all things to the wardrobe on the loggias. The only negative is that the loggia is not designed for a large number of cabinets.The space is already small, and the cabinets will make it even smaller.
You can correctly delimit the room as follows: place the cabinets on the sides. On one side, put a dresser for linen or a shelf for shoes, and on the other - a wardrobe with hangers.
Beautiful tulle is hung on the windows, and a small chandelier is hung on the ceiling. You can make a backlight at the base of the cabinet. It will look stylish and original.
There is no point in making the dressing room too colorful, so its design should be in soothing colors.
Winter Garden - the ideal solution for flower and garden lovers. Seedlings or indoor plants are grown on such a loggia. But in this case, the room must be well heated.
To organize the space, shelves or a window sill are installed. They should be sized so as not to interfere with the passage. If the loggia is large, then a lounge chair is placed on it.
The chest of drawers is an important part, because it can store fertilizers, pots and plant care materials.
Large windows are a big plus for organizing a winter garden. Natural light is vital for plant growth.
In order to prevent cleaning from becoming a torment, linoleum is laid on the floor of the loggia, and the walls are revetted with plastic panels.
The living room with access to the flower garden will delight not only the owners of the house, but also their guests.
Pantry - another design option for a glazed balcony. It stores blanks, winter accessories, a bicycle.
In order to store canned food or curls, shelves are installed on the side of the pantry. They need to be strong to support a lot of weight. On the other hand, they put a cabinet for storing tools or things.
To visually enlarge the room, the walls are finished with light-colored materials.
Dining room. For a 6-meter kitchen, the idea of combining a loggia with a kitchen can be an ideal solution. Wardrobes, dining table and chairs are being moved to the dining room to free up kitchen space.
To use the loggia as a dining area, it must be insulated.
With the help of beautiful curtains, panels with fruits and floor flowers, you can make the dining room a favorite place to relax.
Workshop Is a great idea for creative people. Such a room is necessary for seamstresses, knitters, artists and carpenters.
The workshop should have a sturdy and stable table with drawers. Everything you need should always be at hand. Shelves for tools can be installed along the perimeter of the loggia, and a lamp can be placed on the table.
Rest zone. Who doesn't dream of relaxing in the quiet outdoors after a hard day? Equipping a balcony as a place to relax is an interesting solution. If the dimensions allow, then chairs and a table are installed on the loggia. If not, then you can restrict yourself to only a chair. The main thing is that the room creates a feeling of comfort.
Curtains are hung on the windows, and you can replace a large table with a small folding table. On it, if desired, put a cup of coffee and put a book. A warm blanket is laid on the armchair to hide it on cool evenings.
An interesting solution would be to install a fireplace that will heat the hall and the balcony combined with it.
It is better to hang blinds or dense dark-colored tulle on panoramic windows. In this way, you can regulate the amount of light that enters the room.
Bedroom or children's room. If the room is adjacent to the loggia, then you can increase the space by connecting these two rooms. The combined nursery should be in the same style. Therefore, the first step is to make repairs.
The room should be warm and well lit. It is decorated in light colors with the addition of bright accessories.
If the loggia is not connected to the nursery, then a children's corner can be made on it. They put a chest with toys there, attach shelves for books, coloring books and pencils. It will not be superfluous to put a soft sofa.
Gym mini - room. If the area allows, then on the balcony you can install an exercise bike, a gymnastic wall, put mats on the floor.They hang a mirror on the wall and attach a radio to make the classes more interesting.
On a small loggia, you can put a gymnastic rug and weights. Sports stores sell a variety of equipment that is so compact that it can be used at home as well.
Library. Literature lovers will no longer keep a huge amount of books and magazines in their apartment. Loggia is a great place for bookshelves. And to make the space cozy, a small sofa is placed on it.
Blinds are hung on the windows so that sunlight does not interfere with comfortable reading. A small table on which a floor lamp or an electric kettle is placed will also do the trick.
It is possible and not at all difficult to equip a loggia with your own hands, if you approach the matter correctly.
Interior styles: modern design ideas 2017
You can decorate a balcony in any style you like. It all depends only on financial capabilities and imagination.
Consider the most popular design directions:
Provence style are natural materials such as wood. You can replace wooden panels with tiles imitating natural stone or decorative plaster. The ceiling is painted in light colors to visually increase the height.
White or wicker furniture will complement the interior and give it light. You can throw bright embroidered pillows on the sofa. If the room allows, they put a table and chairs in white.
Beautiful flower pots are placed on the windowsills, and a wrought-iron chandelier is hung on the ceiling.
Modern style. The walls are sheathed with decorative panels, linoleum is laid on the floor or tiles are laid. The ceiling is painted white or milky.
Frameless furniture is placed, blinds are hung on the windows. Colored curtains will harmoniously fit into this style. Live plants will complement the interior.
In a modern style, you can experiment with any color scheme in the decoration.
Japanese style suitable for lovers of the east. For this, the walls are lined with panels with hieroglyphs. The upholstery is black - red or dark brown. Bamboo blinds are hung on the windows, screens and partitions are installed.
To complement the interior, you can hang a fan or a painting with a Japanese theme on the wall. Origami figurines and artificial sakura twigs are placed on the shelves.
Mediterranean style assumes the use of natural materials. The walls are clad with wood panels or wood-imitating tiles.
The sofa can be replaced with a hammock or chaise longue. Ficus in a pot will complement the interior.
High-tech style differs in minimalism and the presence of accessories made of glass or metal. The walls are decorated in black and ash tones. This style offers good lighting, therefore, in addition to the chandelier, additional lighting sources are used.
Country style is the use of wooden elements, artificial stone and bright colors. Instead of upholstered furniture, they put a wooden bench. The table should be old and the chairs should be normal. You can put bright capes on them.
Curtains with large patterns are hung on the windows, and a multi-colored rug is laid on the floor.
Loft style. This option is suitable for a large loggia. It can be visually divided into two functional areas using a screen. Lighting in this style plays a huge role, so the windows should be large.
The furniture is ordinary without bright colors. The main colors are blue and gray.
The option of combining a balcony with a room. Alignment can be complete or partial. Full merge will require permission, so partial merge is considered the best option. To do this, simply remove the door that leads to the balcony.
The loggia combined with the kitchen can be considered a full-fledged dining room. If you do not remove the window sill, then it can serve as a bar counter. To do this, remove the glass from the frame. So it will be convenient for the hostess to transfer dishes from the kitchen to the loggia.
Corner loggia design. As a rule, the corner balcony is large, so you can arrange it as you like. It can be a greenhouse or a recreation area. In the narrow part of the loggia, you can hang pots with plants.
The minimalism style is best suited for such a room. Therefore, there should be few furniture and accessories. Beautiful tulle is hung on the curtains. You can also hang curtains. If desired, the windows are tinted.
Examples of the most interesting design
Modern projects allow you to make a design inside the loggia with absolutely anything. Rational decoration and layout methods allow you to create a comfortable and cozy place.
The panoramic loggia is one of the most original design options. This will take a lot of effort and time, and in order to make a panorama, you need permission from the relevant authorities.
Panoramic glazing can be made of metal profiles or wood. A full-wall window will add light to the room.
Its further arrangement depends on the shape of the loggia. The balcony looks original in a semicircle or trapezoidal. The glass is placed transparent or colored. You can glaze the lower part with dark glass, and the upper part - transparent, or make the windows green.
To protect the room from excess sunlight, blinds or thick tulle are hung on the windows.
The interior of the resulting space is made in the same style. The colors should be in harmony with each other. If natural wood is used for finishing the floor and walls, then they must be treated with a primer and opened with varnish.
The walls of the loggia can be laid out with bricks or pasted over with tiles. Many people paint their walls bright colors such as red and blue. But such a variegated version must be diluted with furniture in soothing colors. For example, a white sofa and a glass table.
The play of contrasts looks beautiful. So, for example, if the loggia has light walls or a floor, then the furniture is chosen in a bright color. This could be a green table and green chairs or a mattress. The main thing is not to overdo it with bright accents, so as not to lose the individuality of the room.
The most important thing when decorating a balcony with panoramic windows, especially if they are frameless, is to insulate it or install heaters. An expensive but effective way of insulation is the “warm floor” function. The loggia should be warm all year round.