Comparing a French balcony vs. a Juliet balcony is simple. These two terms mean the same thing: a balcony without a floor. Instead, a large window or double doors open inward to reveal a balcony railing that you can lean out of. You might wonder why these balconettes or false balconies are popular, and if they would be right for your property. They may be small, but they can make a big impact. Here is what you need to know about French balconies or Juliet balconies.
Why are They Called French or Juliet Balconies?
French balconies were popularized in Georgian Britain, in the 18th century. Architects of the time used French balconies to add flair and décor to the exterior of the building. Plus, they also added light and ventilation to the inside.
The alternate name “Juliet” is a reference to Romeo and Juliet. The balcony itself is not mentioned in Shakespeare’s play. Instead, he writes that Juliet looked out her bedroom window to talk to Romeo. However, performances of the play frequently have balconies, so the nickname caught on.