The right lighting can instantly elevate the ambiance of your outdoor space. If want to your backyard to be the go-to spot this summer, make sure you and your guests aren’t left in the dark after the sun goes down.
Below are some clever outdoor lighting tips to help you get the most out of the summer nights that lie ahead.
Ramp up your curb appeal. Make guests feel welcome by putting some effort into your curb appeal. To help evening visitors find your home quickly, make sure that your house number is clearly visible from the street. Make a lasting impression by replacing your existing house number plaque with modern street numbers backlit with LED lighting. You can find custom versions on Etsy or purchase a kit from your big box home improvement store, and they’re easily installed with the help of a qualified electrician. For a safe and festive touch that also encourages guests to go straight to the back yard, create a temporary path on the ground using outdoor LED rope lighting. If you have a covered porch, consider replacing your current fixtures with ceiling fans with lights to provide an illuminated, relaxing place where remaining guests can congregate. Or, add to the ambiance with globe lights, string lights or a chic outdoor chandelier.
Layer your lighting. The best way to achieve a high-end, professional look is to include at least three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient is your primary lighting, which stands in for natural light. Use it around dining areas or other outdoor areas where guests will need basic visibility. Ambient light can come from lighting such as overhead lights, sidelights, or string lights. Once your base level of light is established, you can begin layering in your task and accent lighting. Task lighting provides a focused, contrasting light on an area to make tasks easier to do. Accent lighting is your decorative lighting. It highlights the beautiful areas of your home and landscape. To achieve the right balance, always remember that less is more.