10 Modern Light Fixture Ideas to Refresh Your Porch + Patio for Spring

Get your glow on, friends.

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February 11, 2019

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Keep It Classic

Refreshing your home’s light fixture doesn’t require you to stray away from a classic design piece. One of our favorite ways to update a space is to use timeless fixtures in a fresh way. This chic, black and white home has the right idea! Rather than framing the front door with a pair of traditional sconces, the designer opted to dangle a single gas lantern, from the ceiling. Symmetry is still achieved by flanking the door with twin, terra cotta planters.

Starry String Lights

String lights are great because they’re a sneaky and socially appropriate way to enjoy the magic and dazzle of holiday lights, all year long. Snag a set of sleek, glass globe string lights to illuminate your porch or patio for outdoor entertaining. Weave them along the perimeter for a tailored look, or drape them from the roof for a romantic design.

Minimalist Design, Major Impact

Aspiring minimalists, listen up! Toss your tired, old lanterns and create a new, sleek outdoor space using bold, monochrome pendant lights. Achieve the same bold impact of this edgy outdoor space by selecting fixtures in a color that contrasts against the exterior of your home. Pro tip: Size matters. Pay attention to scale in the space and shop for light fixtures accordingly.

Elegant Iron Lanterns

Use the finish of your indoor pendants or chandeliers as a source of inspiration when updating your exterior light fixtures. This covered porch uses a sliding glass door to connect seamlessly with the transitional living room within. To achieve a cohesive indoor-outdoor design, the designer matched the living room’s stunning iron chandelier with a pair of sleek, iron lanterns to frame the sliding door.

Cool + Contemporary

Showoff your design-chops with some edgy, geometric glass pendants. Double-up and dangle two fixtures over your outdoor dining table or add a single pendant to your front porch for a stylish statement.

Embrace Drama

Fact: An elegant, outdoor chandelier is always a great idea. Bring the drama to your outdoor dining space by dangling a grand, rustic chandelier overhead. String twinkle lights alongside the fancy fixture for an extra-dazzling glow.

Shine Bright With Brass Finishes

Skip the seagrass ceiling fans for your covered patio and dive headfirst into modern glamour with a chic, sputnik chandelier. We’re obsessed with the way its gleaming, metallic brass finish stands out against the natural stone, wood and wicker details throughout the space.

Inky Industrial Sconce

This back porch is ready for the next late-night grill session thanks to its cool, charcoal sconce light. Add similar, industrial-style sconces on either side of your exterior doors for a polished look or use a solo fixture to bring additional light to a designated corner of your patio.

Add Funky Flair

Give your porch or patio flair with a big, bubbly light fixture. This midcentury modern chandelier packs the space with personality and elevates the outdoor dining space from understated to unforgettable.

Turn Up the Texture

Don’t fall victim to fifty shades of beige when outfitting your outdoor space. Breath some life into your space with pretty, natural fiber pendants. Opt for the globe shape seen here, or snag some equally stylish cone-shaped pendants instead. The rich colors and rough texture will add warmth and dimension into your otherwise muted design.

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