Balconies add an extra dimension to any home, providing bonus outdoor space while also making rooms feel much larger by coaxing in natural light.
In bedrooms, they can also create romantic spots from which to enjoy views of forests, hills, sea or streets, as shown by the 10 examples listed below.
This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing bedrooms with clever storage solutions, homes with outdoor terraces and interiors with glass-block walls.
In addition, the balcony helps to bring shades of blue and green into the room, complementing the neutral colour palette picked out by Los Angeles firm Commune Design.
The feature was a crucial part of the design idea, which firm partner Daniel Kaven explained was "to live among the trees."
This bedroom is in a small Barcelona apartment block designed by architects Anna and Eugeni Bach, which is characterised on the outside by vibrant yellow balconies bursting through the grey-beige stucco facade.
The same effect has been deployed for the interiors in the example pictured above, with neutral tones and raw finishes contrasting with the bright doors, drawing the eye outside.
A weathered brick feature wall combines with the black metal of the glazed wall to give the room a subtly industrial feel.
Glass walls flood this bedroom in a house near San Francisco with natural light, while a set of doors enable occupants to step outside for a better look at the surrounding Alamo hills.
The mid-century house was originally built by Bay Area architect Henry Hill and was renovated by design collective Framestudio with the intention of "creating a peaceful sanctuary, inspired by the natural surroundings on the other side of those big panes of glass," according to studio founder Chad DeWitt.
The panel can be slid back to grant access to a small outdoor terrace with views of the Indian Ocean.
One section of the wall has been cut away in this bedroom to create a small corner balcony with views of the surrounding Sydney coastline.
CM Studio filled the gap with glazed sliding doors that can be pushed back to open up the space to the landscape, while gauzy white curtains combine with pale limestone flooring and the pitched ceiling's white-painted beams to elicit an airy, Mediterranean feel.
On the top floor of the aptly named Lookout House by Faulkner Architects, a large bedroom suite opens entirely at one end onto a spacious terrace with panoramic views across the Californian valley below.
Inside the bedroom, the muted tones of concrete walls and walnut wood ceilings contrast with the magma-like glow cast by a slender red-coloured window.
Furnishings and finishes on the interior were chosen to match the hues of the surrounding forested landscape of Salt Lake City.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing bedrooms with clever storage solutions, homes with outdoor terraces and interiors with glass-block walls.