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Set the Mood With Outdoor Lighting

By: Camila Ramirez-Pavone
May 14, 2015

One of the keys to an outdoor extension of your home is the right lighting. Here are 10 ideas to brighten up your outdoor rooms.

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From: Jamie Durie and The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie

Try DIY Pendant Shades

Electric or battery-powered hanging bulbs can be a starting point for an original outdoor shade. Designer Jamie Durie cut the bottoms from candle holders and fitted them around basic pendant lights to create a dabbled light effect in this outdoor dining room.

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Go Stainless

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

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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.

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Give an Old Light Fixture New Life

In pergolas or freestanding structures where electricity may not be available, candles are your best solution. But don't just throw them on the table: With a few tweaks, turn a discarded chandelier into one powered by battery-operated candles. Image courtesy In My Own Style

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