11 Lighting Solutions for Every Outdoor Space

If you don't have the proper lighting, it can be difficult to enjoy your outdoor spaces. Here are several ways to amp up your style while illuminating your porch or patio.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Large-Scale Fixtures

If you like the idea of making a statement with your fixtures, consider commercial or industrial lighting. These fixtures are often oversized and give the space a fun, unexpected vibe. They not only provide plenty of illumination, but a galvanized finish can handle most types of weather and exposure.

Fire Pit Glow

There's nothing better than relaxing around a fire pit. Whether you opt for a small, tabletop version or a massive fire bowl, you can enjoy it day and night. If you're not into the woodsy smell and smoky atmosphere, spend a bit more money and go with a flip-the-switch, gas option.

Sophisticated Torches

Old-school tiki torches are charming and undeniably functional with a large flame and more citronella oil than your average candle. If your taste is a bit more sophisticated, look for torches with a painted or metallic finish. In groupings, stagger the heights of the torches for a relaxed look and ambient glow.

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Rope Lights

This type of LED lighting has been around a long time — and for good reason. Rope lighting is versatile, easy to install and comes in a variety of lengths, tones and colors. Many versions are also waterproof, thanks to the PVC tubing. Simple cup hooks screwed into the underside of railing, decking or furniture can secure the rope in place for a low-maintenance light source.

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Subtle Uplighting

Uplighting not only brightens your outdoor space, it can make dark, unused areas far more functional. Hardwired fixtures, solar-powered LEDs or battery-operated puck lights also add drama by casting shadows onto the walls or surrounding landscape.

Bright Sconces

An outdoor sconce is a great source of warm light. And since it's hardwired, it will turn on and off at the switch. Swapping out an old fixture for a more stylish one is an easy DIY project for most. Also, keep in mind that sconces don't have to be so traditional — have fun with color and shape. If you find an outdoor fixture you love but want to punch up the style a bit, give it a fresh coat of paint in one of your accent colors.

Tiny Sparkles

Who doesn't love tiny sparkle lights? Add a little magic to your tabletop decor with cool or warm-tone LEDs. They're even cuter when placed inside a vase or under a cloche. Many string lights turn on and off with a remote, which allows you to get creative on how and where to use these twinkly lights. Just wrap the battery packs in a colorful paper or nestle into greenery to camouflage in a snap.

Exotic Lanterns

Add a few beautiful lanterns into the mix for a more eclectic and exotic look. They're solar-powered, so they're easy to hang. Lanterns come in an array of styles, sizes and colors so you can coordinate them with existing decor.

LED Coffee Table

We're seeing LEDs in so many products now -- even inside furniture! This resin coffee table lights up in 16 colors with seven flash functions, all at your fingertips thanks to a tiny remote. Late-night outdoor dance party, anyone?

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Floor Lamp

An indoor/outdoor floor lamp is a great choice if you don't have an abundance of accent or coffee tables in your outdoor space. A slim-line floor lamp won't take up precious real estate like a table lamp will. Is floor space limited, too? Swag a pendant or chandelier over a piece of furniture to keep the tabletop free for accessorizing and entertaining.

Clip String Lights

It's easier than ever to get creative with LED string lights. This set not only adds a bit of soft lighting, they're hardworking clips! Personalize your space with photos, postcards or small-scale artwork. We love how easy it is to change up the look, making them perfect for seasonal decor or special occasions.

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