Arlington couple Ruthie and Rudi Peksens have a sixth-floor balcony with some daunting design limitations: Nothing can be attached to the walls except to replace what’s already there; the narrow space doesn’t fit much furniture; and wind gusts tend to knock things over. The Peksenses want seating to entertain guests, along with space to relax, but they need suggestions for a functional layout.
Designer Shannon Bieter finds solutions to the wind and condo restrictions with paint, color and space-appropriate furniture.Bieter, of Shannon Bieter Interiors, (202-904-1037, www.sbieterblog.com), is based in the District.
An outdoor sectional in the corner gives the Peksenses a spot to gather with guests that doesn’t block doors.
Painted stripes along the railing wall add contrast and depth to the narrow balcony. Try Benjamin Moore’s Dove White.
A small bistro table and chairs can be folded up and moved inside on a particularly windy day.
Another windy weather solution: Use seating cushions that can be tied down.
Two outdoor rugs ground and define the seating areas.
Tall trellis planters bring privacy and greenery to the outdoor space.
Furniture: Chesapeake armless chair ($294), armless sectional cushion in Ink Blue canvas ($104), Chesapeake corner chair ($424) and sectional cushion in Ink Blue canvas ($125), all from www.potterybarn.com; Amalfi bench in Pesto ($199) and bench cushion in geometric blue ($59 for 44-by-18-inch cushion), both from www.grandinroad.com; La Palma end table ($100, www.pier1.com); Eucalyptus chaise longue ($143, www.plowhearth.com); Carmody chaise longue cushion ($75, www.wayfair.com).
Accessories: Cayman outdoor rug ($99 for 5-by-8-foot rug), geometric pillow in blue ($25 for 16-inch square pillow) and Suzani pillow in Honeysuckle ($35 for 20-inch square pillow), all from www.grandinroad.com; Western red cedar wood planter and trellis set ($280, www.hayneedle.com).
Wicker bistro round table set in brown ($334, www. hayneedle.com).
Sunburst mirror in gold ($447.50, www.wayfair.com).
Wicker bistro round table set ($168, www.rakuten.com).
Metal sunburst mirror in aged gold ($35, www.target.com).
Tell us about your design challenge: Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.