Whether you have a huge garden, or just a balcony, there’s nothing like spending a summer’s evening outside. You can enjoy the balmy weather, have a BBQ, or just sip a cold drink. In order to enjoy your garden, some sort of outdoor lighting is essential, and the right lighting will last you all year round. Not only will it make it easier to see what you’re doing, the right lighting will keep you safe, and here are a few ideas that are fun and stylish for different needs.
A casual event
If you’re having a few people round in the garden, the right lighting can really set the mood for the event, and creates a nice ambience. This could be achieved through:
- Solar or battery fairy lights
- Pond lighting
- Battery powered tea lights
- Solar lanterns
The good thing about these kind of lighting solutions is that they can be used anywhere. Try draping fairy lights in trees, along fences, or across your gazebo. Products such as lanterns can be hung from strings, or dangle from tree branches for a unique, stylish look.
Although your local council usually deals with street lighting, some people choose to have their own permanent lighting installed in their front or back gardens, as this provides extra safety and security. There are many different LED lighting designs to choose from, and it’s a good idea to get a professional to advise on the right one and give you a fair quote. visit this site for some ideas on lighting designs.
Extra lighting along your garden path or driveway can be helpful all year round, but especially when the nights draw in and it’s hard to find your way. You could also look at motion activated security lights for extra peace of mind, and having them professionally installed will mean they work to their full potential.
Many new homes only have a balcony or courtyard garden, and outdoor lighting can really help make the most out of the space you have. You can create the illusion of more space by lighting dark corners, perhaps by using fairy lights on a small tree. The space will also feel taller if you have lights hanging from the ceiling, or perhaps hung vertically to create a different optical illusion. Try some different looks and you’ll see how much light can change a space.
Once you’ve decided the kind of lights to use and where to put them, it’s important to think about what colours will work, and the effect they will have on the atmosphere. The colours you choose could match a theme be used to create a romantic or relaxing atmosphere, or be mixed together for a fun, colourful look. Some ideas could include:
- White or blue lights for Christmas and winter occasions
- Red LED lights for Valentine’s day or romantic evenings
- Orange or purple lights for Halloween parties
- Bright blue for warm summer evenings
- Mixing primary colours for a funky party look
Experiment with different colours and see what works with your space. It will often depend on the style of your home in general, so if one lighting scheme doesn’t work, be sure to try another.
Although outdoor spaces are mainly appreciated in the warm weather, outdoor lighting keeps them looking great all year round. With minimal maintenance and a stylish look, using lighting as a decorative technique is ideal for those who don’t want to spend too much time on their garden and just want to enjoy it. Take a look at some of the beautiful, unique ways that lighting can be used in outdoor spaces, and you’ll no doubt get some inspiration for your own garden.
Guest Post written by Perl Watson