Get Glowing With Sparkling Outdoor Lighting We Love

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March 28, 2018

Photo By: Martin Kobus Inc.

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Texture & Shape

"For exterior [lighting] choices, we always keep durability in mind and concept around a style that fits the architecture of the house," says designer Martin Kobus of this contemporary design.

"We were drawn to these pendants for their textural element that creates a beautiful reflection," Martin says. "We were also really drawn to the baskets which naturally lended a warm light to the atmosphere. Scale was also a major consideration — these pendants are large, but their unusual shape complemented the space."

Quaint & Cozy

For this cozy urban patio, atmospheric lighting paired with string lights turn the petite space into an enchanting hideaway. The lighting highlights the brick, planters and vegetation and provides the perfect backdrop for entertaining or a quiet dinner for two.

Mix & Match

A gorgeous grouping of different shapes and sizes makes this lighting display truly one-of-a-kind. Lowering the lights in the middle of the seating area creates a statement centerpiece and makes the setting feel more intimate and cozy.

From: Frontgate

Symmetry & Scale

"Exterior lighting is actually really important to us because we feel it really completes our design: the finishing touch" says designer Laurie Keene of DiMauro Architects. "We like using fixtures that have a heftiness and scale to them. By using fixtures that are over-scaled, human nature takes over. We actually relate better to the structure, and it becomes more welcoming."

For this transitional home with coastal cottage flair, stunning lanterns evoke the past but are very much of-the-moment. "One thing we always insist on is using 20-25 watt incandescent clear bulbs," Laurie says. "These seem like they would be too low, but outside, as dusk turns into night, it provides the perfect mood and pathway lighting without being distracting to your neighbors."

Cool & Contemporary

This relaxed, contemporary design starts with a pergola that is transformed into an outdoor room with a trio of white curtains for "walls," a comfy daybed packed with pillows, statement art and a geometic pendant light that adds not only a warm glow but also additional texture and eye-appeal.

Sculptural & Festive

"We wanted authentic Southwest-style lighting for this Arizona vacation home, so we ordered the 18-inch and 12-inch tin stars from a manufacturer in Mexico and had them custom wired locally and then suspended from a metal canopy," says designer Amy (Bubier) Klosterman. "The pinholes cast great shadows, and the metal stars are sculptural and festive!"

"Make sure you meet necessary code and possible HOA requirements like UL listed and dark-sky compliant. Choose fixtures that can withstand water and wind," Amy says. "Another important thing to incorporate is dimmers so that you can create soft subtle mood lighting or a bright party atmosphere."

Industrial & Efficient

Caged Edison lights, redolent of those found in warehouses, illuminate the exterior of this sleek, modern home, lighting the driveway up to the garage. The industrial look of the quartet of lights enhances the designer's choice of metal for the garage door and siding.

Form & Finish

When choosing exterior lighting, designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs suggests, "You want to look for outdoor lighting that will scale properly with its surroundings. A front entry light or beautiful pendant over an outdoor table that doesn’t scale properly will look dinky." She looks for unique shapes and finishes to make each look stand apart from the rest.

"[This design is] cozy modern! Our design style has a very organic, urban-modern feel with clean lines and white walls mixed with raw and rustic elements to give a warmth and coziness to a space," Ginger says.

Soft & Subtle

Strands of fairy lights are woven along the top of the mesh-enclosed, raised-bed garden. These dainty lights are a wonderful way to softly illuminate the area, showing off the beautiful plants and flowers as well as the unique varied-height setup.

Inviting & Elegant

This inviting oudoor dining space is a beautiful blend of nature and comfort, with no detail overlooked. The modern globe light is centered above the table and pulls together the look along with the blue and white Greek-key rug.

Country & Chic

We love the playfulness of the modern metal swing hung from the wood-plank ceiling of this porch. The red-shaded barn lights add a big helping of country flair and a welcome pop of bright color.

Crisp & Modern

A pair of white, modern lights shines beautifully against the walls, keeping the attention on the wood-plank front door traced with bold black details on this stunning Southwestern-style abode. A pair of structural green plants balances out the clean, symmetrical look.

From: Prairie

Eclectic & Artsy

What better way to light this colorful outdoor design than with a standout sculptural light fixture? A nice balance to the white-and-brights theme, the black geometic light adds another eye-catching, artsy element to the eclectic scene.

Elegant & Effortless

A detailed lantern with old-world vibes hangs above this charming outdoor dining table, setting the stage for an intimate gathering. Milky glass panels and intricate insets add an antique air to the pendant lamp, creating soft mood lighting at night and a stunning centerpiece by day.

Moroccan & Magical

Moroccan-style pendant lights of varying shapes and sizes cast a gorgeous, patterned glow all across this inviting covered front porch, creating unique detail along the texture of the wood and brick. It's an exotic touch to an otherwise warm and welcoming area.

Asian & Inviting

When considering your outdoor lighting, Alec Gunn, Founder & CEO of Gunn Landscape Architecture says, "What effect do you want to create with your lighting? Warmer yellow colors will create a cozy feel, whereas tones with a hint of blue will make the space feel more brightly lit."

In this Asian-inspired outdoor living space, a glass-enclosed fireplace and television provide modern comforts. The unique pendant lantern recalls a pretty pagoda and is hung directly above the seating area to complete the inviting setting.

Traditional & Timeless

"The pieces were custom designed for the space to integrate into the style of the home: Georgian Revival," says designer Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design. "The hanging lanterns [are] like the jewelry of the space and reflect and enhance the design aesthetic," Kristi says. "The fretwork detail and the cap on the lanterns is reflective of the Georgian period."

The black finish and traditional styling of the lights tie into the elegant, cozy furnishings and black-and-white railing, completing this comfortable, welcoming space.

Bohemian & Beautiful

"To create a warm, soft and romantic glow, I used pillar candles in a few spots on this front porch. The candlelight offers just the right amount of lighting, not to take away from the breathtaking view of the sunset over the hillside vineyard," says designer Miyuki Yamaguchi.

"Use battery-operated pillar candles. They’re a much safer option to enjoy from dusk till dawn," Miyuki adds.

Romantic & Rustic

In this outdoor entertaining area, a simple wood-and-metal chandelier sets the mood for an intimate, casual gathering. A stunning stand-in for candelight, this hanging fixture provides a warm, inviting glow.

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