A balcony 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 that popular is a French balcony. A French balcony is a small balcony that attaches to large windows in apartment buildings or houses with a second floor. These balconies provide homeowners with the option of showcasing flowers and plants, but do not offer the ability to sit outside, as the balcony is merely an extension of the window panel. French balconies, however, are common for those who enjoy sitting inside of the home while allowing the sun stream in. French balconies are also common in Europe’s small and narrow streets, where larger Maltese balconies are not an option. 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.