A balcony is not just a warehouse of things, but a full-fledged room that can be decorated in a variety of ways. For example, arrange a reading nook, lounge area, home office or dining group. But before moving on to the arrangement, you need to decorate the ceiling, floor and walls. In this article we will talk about the best options for finishing the loggia and show photos of current examples.
Ideas for the interior decoration of the loggia
The choice of finishing the loggia (photo in the gallery) depends, first of all, on whether it is open or closed. And — if the second — insulated or not. More requirements will be imposed on materials for unglazed space: complete moisture and frost resistance, immunity to ultraviolet radiation, resistance to mechanical stress. For a covered loggia, especially a heated one, most standard finishes will do.
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Paint is a universal finishing material, which is also appropriate on the balcony. However, it is important to choose the right type that is suitable for the loggia.
- Suitable for outdoor work if the balcony is open or unheated.
- It does not contain substances harmful to health.
- Moisture resistant.
- UV-resistant (otherwise it will quickly fade in the sun if there are no curtains on the windows).
Of all the types of paint, acrylic is most often used, as it is intended for both indoor and outdoor use. For wooden surfaces, an oil base is suitable, for painting a heated balcony with glazing — latex or silicone. Alkyd enamels adhere well to metal.
If the interior of the apartment is made in classic or neoclassic and you want to keep the style, you can decorate the walls with moldings that are painted to match the entire finish.
Finishing the loggia with panels
Decorative panels are actively used in interior decoration of residential premises, but they are also suitable for balconies.
- PVC is inexpensive and easy to clean, but not very durable. In addition, plastic panels look quite cheap. If the space is for storage, then this is a good option. If you want to recreate the atmosphere of a living room, PVC coating is hardly suitable.
- MDF is slightly more durable than plastic panels, but does not tolerate frequent direct contact with water. At the same time, such a coating looks elegant and spectacular, and a reliable imitation of a wooden texture creates a feeling of comfort, which is often not enough on a balcony.
Ceramic tiles feel great on both glazed and open loggias.
This is an environmentally friendly, durable and strong material that is not afraid of moisture, temperature extremes, mechanical stress. He is not afraid of any household chemicals, so such walls are very easy to clean. For cladding, both ordinary tiles and porcelain stoneware are suitable.
The design can be anything: plain squares or rectangles, brooms, imitation of stone, wood or brickwork, bright patterns. Often, tiles are combined with other finishing materials (it turns out cheaper and more visually interesting): for example, with paint, plaster or decorative panels.
This material has great potential not only for wall decoration inside the apartment.
Plaster is used both as a coating for painting, and as a full-fledged finish. In the second case, decorative compositions with a pronounced texture are chosen.
- Under the tree — some compositions imitate the texture of wood.
- Under concrete — most often used. The walls look like bare concrete.
- Under brick — if you want to create the effect of masonry without using real brick.
- Venetian — a very beautiful and elegant coating with imitation of marble, smooth stone, onyx and other minerals.
- Craquelure — creates the effect of cracks and an aged surface. Often used in vintage, eclectic and loft interiors.
Clapboard is a classic option for wall (and sometimes ceiling) cladding, which has now become especially popular with the advent of the trend for environmental friendliness.
The wood can be painted in any color or left natural so as not to overlap the natural texture. But in this case, be sure to cover the surface with a protective compound. It is also important to ensure that the walls are well waterproofed in advance, since moisture is the main enemy of the tree. From regular contact with water, it can deform, dry out and rot.
This is a fairly textured and active finish, so be aware of the visual effects that straight lines give. So, if you want to visually raise the ceiling, use vertical styling. If you need to make some wall seem wider — horizontal. The last option is an interesting idea for decorating a loggia with an area of 6 square meters or more, if you need to balance the proportions of the elongated space.
The floor on the balcony must withstand not only temperature changes, but also mechanical stress.
You also need to understand
- Cold — suitable for those who use the balcony only in the warm season.
- Warm — necessary if you need to use the loggia all year round. For example, there is a workplace or a dining group. The warm floor on the balcony can be water, electric or infrared (film). Not all types of coverage are suitable for it.
Consider this, choose the floor finish inside the loggia.
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This is the cheapest material of all, which at the same time serves for a long time.
From manufacturers you can find a variety of designs, color schemes and coating patterns. High-quality models look very dignified and imitate various textures well — for example, wood.
Linoleum is suitable for closed balconies and heated floors, it is usually used together with infrared insulation. However, remember that under the influence of direct sunlight it will fade, and at too high a temperature (27 ° C and above) it may be deformed. Therefore, if you have a warm floor, do not heat it to the maximum.
Another popular material that is more expensive than roll coating, but at the same time has the appropriate characteristics.
Visually imitates various natural textures, but most often they use a wood-like design. You can also find coatings that mimic the texture of stone or concrete.
Laminate is suitable for laying on infrared floor heating, but you need to check the compatibility of a particular model. This information is indicated on the manufacturer’s website or directly on the packaging. Also, the coating must be moisture resistant. For an open balcony, choose a class 31 laminate, for a glazed one — 32 or 33.
Tile is the most durable, wear-resistant and durable coating that is suitable for both glazed and open loggias.
As a rule, it is laid on a cold floor. The material itself cannot be called warm either, so walking on the balcony with bare feet will most likely not be very pleasant. Also, ceramics require more complex installation and preliminary leveling of the surface with a screed — be prepared for this. At the same time, it has excellent technical characteristics and a large selection of designs: bright abstract patterns, terrazzo, geometric prints, plain squares or rectangles, imitation of wood, marble, concrete.
- Standard tiles — available in all shapes and sizes. It is made from clay mixed with water and sand (sometimes feldspar and other similar impurities are used instead).
Porcelain stoneware is fired at very high temperatures and is considered the most durable of all ceramic options. Usually issued in large format.
- Quartz vinyl is a modern coating with polyvinyl chloride instead of clay at the base of the composition. Despite the synthetic origin, the material is safe for health. And he is not afraid of moisture and temperature changes. Visually imitates the texture of wood, so it looks very similar to laminate or parquet.
To finish the ceilings of balconies and loggias, as in the photo below, standard materials are most often used.
It can be paint (choose waterproof) or plaster. You can also make a stretch ceiling. They are made of PVC film or fabric. The first type is suitable for a closed heated balcony, but the second one is also suitable for an open one. The fabric used for stretch fabrics withstands temperature fluctuations from -40°C to 60°C.
- plastic siding.
- Decorative panels.
- Metal and wooden slats.
- Polystyrene sheets.
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