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A Timeless Love Affair: 25 Juliet Balconies That Deliver Sensible Style

A balcony, no matter how small it is, can completely alter the dynamic of your home both on the inside and outside. Of course, all of us would love to walk into a spacious balcony that offers stunning views of the city skyline, distant mountains or the coastline, even while enjoying the lavish outdoor lounge. But space is an absolute premium these days, and often surrounding properties, budget constraints and architectural demands mean that having a full-fledged, luxurious balcony is simply not an option. This is precisely where a Juliet balcony comes in handy!

A Juliet balcony or balconette is generally a false balcony where doors or large floor-to-ceiling windows open up onto a railing outside. While some Juliet balconies strictly stick to this norm, others have a small deck that has just enough space to stand or to decorate with a few flowering plants. Either way, it is a classic that simply refuses to fade away even in ultra-modern, urban settings. Combining a sense of freedom with enduring style, modernity and safety, here are 25 inspirations that showcase current trends.

Down the Classic Route

The most popular styles and decorating themes in recent years have borrowed heavily from vintage and industrial elements, and one sees a clear trend where glossy, modern overtones are being slowly shunned in favor of the more classic elements. A revival of styles such as Mediterranean, shabby chic, Spanish Colonial and Tuscan means that the lovely wrought iron Juliet balcony is once again pretty relevant. While there are sleeker contemporary alternatives that we will talk about below, these gorgeous balconettes never seem to fail in terms of a dreamy aesthetic and a sense of romantic flair that one associates with the Juliet balcony almost instantly.

Beautiful Mediterranean home with gorgeous lighting and a series of balconies [Design: Maui Windows & Doors]
Beautiful Mediterranean home with gorgeous lighting and a series of balconies [Design: Maui Windows & Doors]
Ivy creeping around the balcony does seem apt for this classic feature [From: Greg Newton Photography]
Ivy creeping around the balcony does seem apt for this classic feature [From: Greg Newton Photography]
Spanish colonial revival home seems like a perfect setting to try out the Juliet balcony [Design: Sue Eller]
Spanish colonial revival home seems like a perfect setting to try out the Juliet balcony [Design: Sue Eller]
Custom made window and balcony for the Mediterranean home [From: VI360 Photography]
Custom made window and balcony for the Mediterranean home [From: VI360 Photography]
Contemporary extension of classic London home with Juliet balcony [Design: mb design studio]
Contemporary extension of classic London home with Juliet balcony [Design: mb design studio]

A Picture-Perfect Home

The big complaint that many have with a Juliet balcony is the aesthetic impact it has on the façade of a building. Sure, a glass balustrade in a contemporary condominium that is out of place could feel like a bit of an eyesore, but let that not cloud your judgement when it comes to the Juliet balcony. On the contrary, one of these false balconies can actually elevate the style quotient of your home’s exterior and can give it a more refined and exclusive visual appeal that sets it apart from the crowd.

A Bavarian castle is a great place for a few small balconies! [Design: Brent Gibson Classic Home Design]
A Bavarian castle is a great place for a few small balconies! [Design: Brent Gibson Classic Home Design]
Fabulous use of Juliet balconies to create a traditional exterior [Design: Oswald Homes]
Fabulous use of Juliet balconies to create a traditional exterior [Design: Oswald Homes]
Juliet balcony in a home that seems to jump out of Shakespeare’s classic [Design: Morgante Wilson Architects]
Juliet balcony in a home that seems to jump out of Shakespeare’s classic [Design: Morgante Wilson Architects]
Mediterranean and Tuscan style homes seem apt for the Juliet balcony
Mediterranean and Tuscan style homes seem apt for the Juliet balcony
Multiple Juliet balconies become a wonderful part of the home's exterior [Design: John Askew Company]
Multiple Juliet balconies become a wonderful part of the home’s exterior [Design: John Askew Company]

Ventilation and Scenery

With the gorgeous but far more traditional homes featured above, one quickly starts to wonder if the Juliet balcony has any sort of relevance in your cramped, urban world where majestic Mediterranean villas are a distant dream. Fret not, as the elegant, cost-effective and highly efficient alternatives below reveal the true value of a modern Juliet balcony. With open doors and a sturdy glass railing, the modest bedroom, living room or even family zone can be turned into a relaxing, airy and cheerful space where the outdoors become a part of the visual.

Glass Juliet balcony finds the balance between safety and openness [Design: Thomas de Cruz Architects & Designers]
Glass Juliet balcony finds the balance between safety and openness [Design: Thomas de Cruz Architects & Designers]
Small bedroom in purple with Juliet balcony [Design: Bowley Builders]
Small bedroom in purple with Juliet balcony [Design: Bowley Builders]
Use the Juliet balcony to open up the interior to the view outside in an urban home [Design: Anthony Wilder Design/Build]
Use the Juliet balcony to open up the interior to the view outside in an urban home [Design: Anthony Wilder Design/Build]
Elegant master bedroom with Juliet balcony [Design: Richard Leggin Architects]
Elegant master bedroom with Juliet balcony [Design: Richard Leggin Architects]
Modern family room with double doors that open onto Juliet balcony [Design: Bagnato Architects]
Modern family room with double doors that open onto Juliet balcony [Design: Bagnato Architects]

Modern Makeovers

When done right, the Juliet balcony is a pretty safe choice, and it is not more or less dangerous than any other small balcony. Obviously allowing your cat to jump on top of the balcony railing is dangerous, no matter how large it is, so let such arguments not really stop you from opting for one of these! Cool and affordable Juliet balcony variants with a glass balustrade are pretty easy to incorporate, and they will definitely make that bedroom renovation far easier and hassle-free.

Stunning Scandinavian style cabin with a Juliet balcony that offers amazing views [Design: Jean Longpré]
Stunning Scandinavian style cabin with a Juliet balcony that offers amazing views [Design: Jean Longpré]
Glass Juliet balcony above the garage blends into the contemporary backdrop [Design: Joan Kinnane Architect]
Glass Juliet balcony above the garage blends into the contemporary backdrop [Design: Joan Kinnane Architect]
Glass balustrade for top level Juliet balcony works more as a safety feature [Design: Chartered Practice Architects]
Glass balustrade for top level Juliet balcony works more as a safety feature [Design: Chartered Practice Architects]
Juliet balcony is a popular choice for renovated industrial homes [Design: K+Architects]
Juliet balcony is a popular choice for renovated industrial homes [Design: K+Architects]

View from the Top

A little Juliet balcony on the mezzanine level that overlooks the living room, kitchen or dining space below – this is an idea that works beautifully on so many different levels. The balconette allows you to have a closed and private top level while offering a window that allows you to keep an eye on the activity below. For parents, this is an invaluable feature that makes life a lot easier, and you also have the added aesthetic advantage that the balcony brings.

Dining room design that takes you back in time [Design: FleischmanGarcia Architecture]
Dining room design that takes you back in time [Design: FleischmanGarcia Architecture]
Fun way to use Juliet balcony indoors [Design: Gander Builders]
Fun way to use Juliet balcony indoors [Design: Gander Builders]
Juliet Balcony with iron railings on the top level overlooks the Mediterranean living room [Design: Scarlett Custom Homes & Remodeling]
Juliet Balcony with iron railings on the top level overlooks the Mediterranean living room [Design: Scarlett Custom Homes & Remodeling]
Top level balcony allows you to keep an eye on activity below [From: Joseph Matto Architects / Olson Photographers]
Top level balcony allows you to keep an eye on activity below [From: Joseph Matto Architects / Olson Photographers]

A Relaxing Bathroom

This does seem like an interesting choice when you think about it – a Juliet balcony instead of a floor-to-ceiling glass window in the bathroom. Ventilation is the key factor here, as the large doors allow in a flood of natural light, keep the room cool and the humidity down. A simple railing works well as a safety feature, even as you enjoy the unabated view on offer as you sink into your soothing Jacuzzi or bathtub for a spa-like experience at home!

Modern bathroom with a Juliet balcony [Design: Deirdre Doherty Interiors]
Modern bathroom with a Juliet balcony [Design: Deirdre Doherty Interiors]
Mediterranean style bathroom in LA with a smart Juliet balcony [Design: Evens Architects]
Mediterranean style bathroom in LA with a smart Juliet balcony [Design: Evens Architects]

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