Outdoor Lighting Ideas and Options
Whether you use your outdoor living space for entertaining, relaxation or both, you don't want the fun to end when the sun goes down. As you explore deck and patio design ideas, consider that the right outdoor lighting ideas and options will help beautify the space and ensure it can be a 'round-the-clock destination.
One of the simplest outdoor lighting touches you can add to your patio, deck or hardscape is lantern table lighting. Candle lanterns will add the same soft, elegant glow as normal candles, but they won't blow out in the slightest breeze. Kerosene lanterns can provide the same lighting style as candle lanterns, but they'll burn longer.
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Exterior accent lighting can be used to draw attention to your home's unique features, such as architectural details, sculptures or plants. In this outdoor space designed by Jamie Durie, lighting adds another dimension to the sculpture at night, changing highlights and casting shadows.
Landscape lighting is an important safety element for any outdoor space. In this garden, a series of path lights illuminates the meandering walkway that leads to the destination terrace. Design by Robert Hursthouse
Staying with the lantern theme, Asian-inspired vellum-paper lanterns housing votive candles can provide an elegant touch to any nighttime outdoor gathering. Another Asian-inspired design is hanging paper origami lanterns. Just place battery-powered lights in these and hang them throughout the space for a touch of whimsy.
Many people add holiday-style strands of lights to their outdoor space. These can be a lovely touch on their own, or you can cover them with colored shades for a design that's more evergreen.
Flaming tiki torches are a familiar touch in backyards across the land. They can also provide a defense against mosquitos.
Placing candles in large hurricane vases, then decorating the outside with tissue paper is another simple and elegant idea for outdoor lighting.
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