Outdoor Lighting Tips to Get You Through Fall
Happy first day of fall! It's that magical time of the year where the days are getting shorter, but the temperatures are still comfortable enough to enjoy the outdoors well after the sun has gone down.
One of the keys to enjoying your yard or porch during fall is to have appropriate lighting to suit the mood or activity. Here are some tips on how to design the perfect lighting setup for your outdoor space.
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Cafe string lights are an easy way to add some serious ambiance to an outdoor space, and this ranch home gathering space by Austin, Texas designer Felicia Foster is one of my favorite spots with cafe lighting. These lights come at a variety of price points: you can find affordable strings at big-box stores or get heavy-duty (but more expensive) strings from specialty lighting companies.
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Adjustable lighting transitions well through each season. These industrial-style lights can be twisted to project light softly against the pergola ceiling for ambient light or turned straight down for sharper, more direct lighting in the seating area for darker nights.
Just as it's needed in an indoor kitchen, task lighting is very important in outdoor kitchens and entertaining spaces. In this outdoor kitchen designed by California landscape architect Mark
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When selecting outdoor lighting, think of how each piece of the lighting puzzle works together for your comprehensive design. Miami architect Ralph Choeff designed this modern home so that indoor lighting projects and illuminates the outside spaces. That
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Can't figure out where to start? You can't go wrong with a stainless steel pendant: It will not only blend seamlessly with most of the outdoor furniture on the market, it will also solidify an industrial-chic look. Image courtesy Knight Moves
Bring the Indoors Out
Emily Henderson used a thrift store light fixture as a focal point for this Japanese-inspired dining area. A glass and metal light like this one will be fine outdoors in the summer months, and you can store it indoors for the winter. Get more of Emily's tips to help you create your own alfresco dining room.
Give an Old Light Fixture New Life
Repurpose a Pot Rack
For a more casual, organic look, try traditional candles nestled inside Mason jars mixed with succulents or other plants. Erin from Erin Ever After used a hanging pot rack to suspend her arrangement over the table.
Try Moroccan Style
For an eclectic look, try a Moroccan lantern. These pieces can vary widely in price, so it's easy to find one in your budget. For a quick and inexpensive solution, find a thrift store lantern and use candles as your light source. Image courtesy John Coulter Designs
Light the Way
Don't forget to light the pathway to your outdoor room. Create this look like Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff did using only a ubiquitous globe fixture and a strand of white lights. Presto: chic, cheap outdoor lighting.
Use Holiday Lights Year Round
While it is typically frowned upon to have your Christmas lights up after the holidays, the strands of white bulbs can provide you with another amazing source of light for your outdoor room. String them across your patio like Emily Henderson did here, or use them to line a path, wrap around a tree or highlight a plant. Get more of Emily's tips to create an inviting outdoor room.
Bring In a Feminine Touch
With steel furniture, concrete, brick and stone, it's no wonder most outdoor spaces tend to lean toward a masculine look. Add a touch of whimsy and a more feminine vibe with a capiz chandelier, like the one featured on this bright and colorful patio (find the DIY project here). Image courtesy ModaChrome Home