Spring is coming and soon you’ll be spending lazy evenings in your outdoor space. Adding some new lighting effects to your space is a great way to redecorate it with ease.
Outdoor lighting is showing up a lot in decorating and landscaping trends for 2018. Are you ready to beautify your space? Here are 10 outdoor lighting ideas to get you started.
1. Line Walkways
One of the more common outdoor lighting ideas you see are walkways lined with lights. It’s an effective way to lead the eye through your garden. Don’t overdo it though.
A few lights here and there illuminating the path is gentler and more effective. It creates a sense of intimacy rather than a bright, bold, almost daytime feel.
To keep your lights from looking too uniform, try using different styles. You can also strategically place them near interesting plants to highlight them.
2. Moon Lights
Natural moonlight is soft and beautiful. But you can’t guarantee that it will always be around.
To create a moonlight effect, try hanging lights 30-40 feet up in the trees. To mimic moonlight you want to use cool, blue-toned lighting. Lights with a color temperature of around 5500 Kelvin is perfect.
Done right, this setup casts soft, natural-looking light down on your space. Add a couple spotlights shining upwards on shorter trees. Then you won’t even need to line your walkways. Rather your whole space will seem to ‘glow’ with soft moonlight.
3. Indirect Lighting
What if you don’t have tall trees but want to create a similar moonlight effect? As long as you have something tall, you can use indirect lighting instead. A tall masonry fireplace or something like it would be perfect.
Mount a light on a high point like the peak of your house and shine it on your fireplace. The chimney will reflect soft light down into your outdoor space.
4. Combine Warm and Cool Lights
Another fun effect is to mix up the color temperatures of your lights a bit. Set up some cool-toned moonlights or indirect lighting to light up the space in general.
Then choose some yellow lights. Aim for ones around 2000 Kelvin on the color temperature scale.
Pepper these around low to the ground for an interesting contrast. One good way to do this is to place a few candles on your tables or other low structures.
5. LED Tape on Hardscapes
Run some ropes of LED lights under the lip of your hardscapes. This adds a nice ambient light effect with no distracting or harsh bright points of light.
It’s also a great way to add plenty of light in areas where you need it, like an outdoor kitchen. It can be difficult to hang overhead lights depending on your setup. But you can always run a rope light along the edge of your counter etc.
6. Light Up a Water Feature
If you have a water feature in your yard it’s a shame to let it disappear at night. You’ll still hear the gentle sound of trickling water, of course, but lose the beauty.
Add some lighting either from within the feature or cast light on the feature from without. This creates a stunning focal point for your outdoor space.
Of course, this look is not something that you would find in nature. But it certainly is a great way to add some wow factor to your garden.
7. Light an Object
Even if you don’t have a water feature in your yard, you can still create a lighted focal point. Choose a statue, fireplace, or other interesting focal point and add a spotlight to it. For a more natural look, you can make a tree or other interesting plant your focal point.
If you use a bluer light on plants, it will cause their branches or leaves to look more green. So choose a light that has a higher Kelvin number for shrubs and trees. Most man-made objects look better with a warmer, more yellow light.
8. Fairy Lights Mood Lighting
Hang some ropes of fairy lights around your space for some soft mood lighting. This works well in gazebos or other covered sitting areas to create a cozy space.
In a more open space, you can intertwine the lights along a trellis. These lights are easy to add and have a huge effect on the ambiance of your space.
True white lights can be a bit strong for this style of lighting. We suggest choosing a soft yellow/amber color to make your space feel warm and inviting.
9. Candle Chandelier
This is a fun way to liven up your space for an outdoor gathering or intimate dinner. Get a few little glass jars or bottles and toss a little sand or some pebbles inside. Add a tea candle on top.
With some chains, twine, or even colored string, hang the bottles over your table. Light up the candles and you have a simple DIY candle chandelier. It’s perfect as accent lighting for romancing your sweetie or for a family gathering.
You can use uplighting to highlight anything you want in your garden. It could be a bush, tree, statue, fireplace, water feature–whatever. The idea is simply to add some points of interest that will draw the eye.
Light in a dark space is always going to draw attention. To craft an elegant outdoor space, you simply have to know where to place your guests’ attention. Be as soft or dramatic as you like, it’s your space after all!
Create Your Own Outdoor Lighting Ideas
Outdoor lighting ideas are virtually endless. There are so many different looks and ambiances that you can create with a string of lights.
Choose different colors and types. Get creative about where you hang them and what you draw attention to. We have all sorts of different lighting products that you can choose from. You are only limited by your imagination!
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