Decorating with Outdoor Lighting
One of the best parts of evening entertaining is seeing the glow of beautiful, decorative lighting that can create an ethereal ambiance for your event. If you love entertaining outdoors, check out our tips and tricks for using outdoor lighting in sophisticated and modern styles.
Candle lanterns are decorative and hung from branches or hooks. They create a beautiful glow, especially if you choose colored glass lanterns, and will make your backyard look like a romantic fairy garden.
There are citronella candles you can buy for these lanterns that will also repel mosquitoes and other insects and give off a pleasant citrus scent.
Some lanterns are even safe to set on tables as centerpieces. They are also made from a variety of materials including glass, frosted glass, metal, and rock. Hang candle lanterns from the rafters of a pergola to give overhead light when sitting on the deck or patio.
Candles are safe to use in your garden or yard when they are inside of enclosed lanterns like those specially designed for outdoor use. If the flame worries you; however, many different battery-operated lantern lights give a similar effect. Lanterns are super easy to use and can be changed with the theme or seasonally if you want.
String lights are great for decorating open areas like the rafters of the pergola or gazebo. You can also hang them along your fence or over the top of the trellis. String lights come in many different colors and shapes. You can find these in abundance during the winter holidays in shops, but stylish, modern, garden string lights are available online all year. String lights are super easy to put up and take down.
Outdoor light fixtures such as track lighting, lights on posts, and hanging lights are good choices when you are looking for bright lights. Over the cooking area, swimming pools, and in the dark parts of the backyard are great places to install light fixtures, especially if you have children. Light fixtures are usually considered pretty permanent backyard fixtures.
Ask your landscaper about incorporating lighting into your landscape design. Decorative lighting throughout your gardens will highlight the beauty of your flowers and reflect off the water elements during evening entertaining. Colored lights can be added to fountains, pools, and waterfalls. Installing lights in your water elements should always be done by a certified electrician that specializes in pool lighting.
One hot trend for landscape lighting is hidden LED lighting strips that can run along borders, steps, walkways, and under your outdoor patio furniture. Up lighting is another excellent garden lighting trend that uses lights positioned under trees or plants and pointed upwards. You can also use up lighting on pergola columns or fencing and walls.
Did you know you can get large pots and planters that double as luminaries? These super cool decorative patio planters are large and make a statement while glowing brightly and illuminating your patio or deck. Smaller lighted planters are available that are perfect for highlighting patio or porch steps.
Just like inside your kitchen, pendant lights are great to be installed over the outdoor dining table or bar. Pendant lights can be installed on porches, awnings, pergola rafters, and inside gazebos. The most popular versions are made from metal and feature caged design with the light in the middle. Pendant lights are modern and industrial in style.
If you are looking for more ideas on how to decorate your patio and get you for your next outdoor party, check out our blog here.
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