Outdoor Decorative French Balcony
Balconies add personality and style to apartment buildings, large windows and private homes. There are numerous types of balconies and designs, each of which suit different buildings, large windows and housing decor. One of the most popular type is a French balcony. A French balcony is any of a range of very small balcony extensions, the majority of which are designed to be more decorative than functional. Most French balconies, which are sometimes also called “Juliet balconies,” are nowhere near big enough for people to stand or sit on. Some will hold small potted plants, but others are just for show. Their main purpose is to provide the feel of a true balcony without the expense or upkeep. The most basic French balcony is little more than a grating or railing stretched across glass doors. There is usually a bit of clearance all around, but not any functional deck space. When the doors are opened, the railing provides protection from falling and allows fresh air, but does not provide much of a platform. The largest versions are often wide enough for small potted plants or very limited storage, but still do not provide much space for recreation.
There are many different French balcony styles. The most traditional are made of wrought iron, and resemble many of the balcony screens seen in homes throughout the Mediterranean. Many neighborhoods in this region are characterized by tight housing where true balconies are impractical, but sunlight and fresh air are coveted. A home balcony in the French style often provides a solution that is functional as well as artistically significant.