Arranging a long balcony can be difficult, as the space between railing and wall is narrow. Setting up the furniture can be problematic, because we have to leave some space to walk freely. There are also some other difficulties, which we will discuss below and give you some tips on balcony arrangement.
Plants should be grown in flower pots which can be hanged on the railing or on the balcony roof – this way we will save the floor space. Furthermore, we can set up some backless benches or boxes just beside the railing and cover them with pillows – this way we gain comfortable, soft sitting space. Another good idea for furniture is a narrow chair and long table. As for the lighting, you can invest in hanging lamps, floor-mounted halogens or small lamps installed on the railing.
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Arranging a garden in the Japanese style is in fashion right now. If you want your garden to be fashionable, you should know what rules have to be applied to invoke the Japanese style. You can find the characteristics of such garden below.
Japanese garden has to look as natural as possible, it should resemble something which would could be found in a wild environment, untouched by human hand. Furthermore, it has to be composed harmoniously, every element has its own designated place among others, but there is no place for precision and symmetry. That’s why you should avoid geometrical forms – try simplicity and elegance instead. There should be a lot of green, stone and water. Things which will fit stylistically are: rock fences, rock formations, ponds and water springs. As for the plants, those will be great: magnolia, rhododendron, cherry, acer palmatum, paeonia. It should be noted that, because of the European climate, you have to choose plants which are resistant to lower temperatures. You can also invest in stone sculptures which invoke Japanese culture.
If you use the tips above, yoou can design a great project of a Japanese garden. You don’t have to stick to all the rules, of course. You can modify it to your liking, but all changes have to be within reason.
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