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6 bright trends in outdoor lighting

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6 bright trends in outdoor lighting

When the weather cooperates, our backyards become the go-to spot to relax, entertain, and enjoy some much needed time in the sun. With so many new and stylish options, adding modern outdoor lighting to your backyard means you can extend your outdoor time past when the sun sets. If you’re looking for new ways to illuminate your space, try these bright trends in outdoor lighting.

1. Statement lighting

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No longer just for inside the house, statement lighting looks great above an outdoor dining set. Add a little drama to your backyard by incorporating a show-stopping chandelier. Or, go for something more natural, like wicker orbs wrapped in fairy lights. Adding statement lighting that you would normally see inside the home helps to make your backyard seem like even more of an extension of the indoors. Adding a little indoor glamour to your outdoor lighting is easy. Connect with a pro who can help install your desired fixture to add the right amount of statement lighting to your backyard.

2. Floor lamps

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Another trend being borrowed from indoors is adding floor lamps to backyard design. A practical idea if your ideal night is doing some light reading outside, the addition of a floor lamp creates soft adjustable lighting perfect for small tasks. Due to their portability, you can easily move them around for their best use. A floor lamp helps to also create a cosy room atmosphere which can sometimes be lost when you head outside. If you need additional outlets or cables run to accommodate your new outdoor lighting plans, be sure to get an electrician’s help. Electrical jobs can be dangerous, so be smart and leave this job to the pros.

3. Stair lighting

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Practical and beautiful, adding lights to your stairs can help you see where you’re going at night so you don’t trip and fall when trying to go back inside. There are many options these days, from stairs with lights built right into them, to getting a little crafty and adding your own rope lights to your stairs. Your guest will certainly appreciate being able to see where they’re stepping at night, especially after enjoying a beverage or two in your beautiful backyard. To better illuminate your stairs, connect with an outdoor lighting specialist who can install lights on your stairs.

4. Pathway lighting

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Another way to help guide your guests through your backyard is to install pathway lighting. This can be done in a number of ways. When you think of pathway lighting you probably think of those little lights stuck in the ground along the way. While this is still a great option, we’re now seeing homeowners getting creative with their path lights. Try incorporating different trends like orbs or lanterns to guide the way. Another bright idea is to use solar lights so that you don’t even have to think about turning the lights on. Simply wait for it to become dark and your little lights will shine bright and safely guide your path.

5. String lights

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String lights are a trend that’s taken over the internet the past few years, and your backyard is no exception. The great thing about string lights is that they can be used anywhere, are relatively inexpensive, and add instant sparkle. You can string them above to create a canopy of little lights, wrap them around your stair railings, put them in trees, or anywhere else you can think of! An electrician can properly wire your backyard if you want to add as many string lights as possible.

6. Lanterns

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From paper to Moroccan inspired, lanterns are steadily gaining momentum in outdoor lighting design. Use them to light your pathways, hang them from trees, group them together on a tabletop, or randomly disperse lanterns throughout your garden. They help add a touch of whimsy and playfulness to any landscape. As they continue to grow in popularity, you’ll see there are lots of options these days. From solar powered, to candlelight, to LED bulbs, there’s a lantern for every backyard out there.

Adding additional lighting to your backyard is the perfect way to keep enjoying the outdoors well after the sun has set. When you’re ready to light up your backyard, be sure to speak to a specialist who can help design and execute your vision.

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Jessica Greaves

As Senior Content Marketing Specialist at HomeStars, Jessica’s main goal is providing readers with the tools to turn their fixer-uppers into dream homes. When not busy browsing Pinterest, Jessica can be found wandering through vintage shops and baking desserts with varying degrees of success.

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5 outdoor projects to enhance your backyard

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5 outdoor projects to enhance your backyard

As the weather begins to warm up, we Canadians get excited at the thought of spending time outdoors. It’s amazing how quickly we forget how much we once hated stepping outside in the winter. If you’re planning to spend as much time outside as possible while it’s warm, you should consider adding some outdoor updates to make the most of your space. Take a look at these five outdoor projects that will enhance your backyard.

1. Fire pit

A fire pit is a great addition to any backyard, provided you’re allowed to have one. Before you can start roasting marshmallows, you need to check with your local government that you can have a fire pit in your backyard. Once you know you’re allowed, you can start planning.

A fire pit helps create a focal point and adds ambience to any space. To get started on this project, you will need the help of a landscaping company. Creating a fire pit is relatively easy depending on your design. A landscaper will dig a hole and then cover it in stones to create your fire pit. Get started this week by finding a company that can carry out your vision, quickly and easily.

2. Pergola

If you like the idea of having something to congregate around but don’t want to endure more heat, think about adding a pergola. A pergola adds a beautiful focal point to any backyard and can also be used for shade and climbing plants. Adding a pergola is a relatively inexpensive project that can be done over a weekend. Depending on how elaborate your design is, you can expect to pay anywhere from $750 to more than $9,000. The materials used and your design will greatly affect the cost. Be sure to have a design in mind when you speak to a pro about what you want. This way they can help you design and build the perfect pergola for your backyard at the right price.

3. Privacy fence

No matter how much you like your neighbours, it’s likely you don’t want them watching your every move in your backyard. Installing a privacy fence gives you the separation you’re looking for while also providing an opportunity for visual enhancement. While chain link and wood are standard options, there are many other materials out there that can be used to create a unique look. Consider using concrete, metal sheeting, or a mix of traditional and unconventional materials. A privacy fence doesn’t have to blend into the background, it can become a beautiful focal point of your yard. Speak to a fencing expert about your options to create something truly unique.

4. Water feature

The addition of a water feature is a great way to add a little zen to your backyard. Not only is a water feature pleasing to look at, but the gentle sounds of running water can also help relax you after a long day. One of the most common water features is a pond. You have many options when it comes to size and styles. You can either have one dug on your existing property or use a container above ground. It all depends on your personal style and what you want. With so many options, it’s always a good idea to consult with an expert who can give you their opinion on what will help to enhance your space the best.

Consider adding a pump to your pond to create moving water. The benefits of moving water are that it will deter mosquitoes and aerate the water should you add fish. A small pump will cost you about $30 but will greatly improve how your water feature looks.

5. Shed

A shed is not only a practical addition to your yard, but it can also enhance the space. Whether you’re a master gardener or just starting out, a shed is a perfect place to store all your tools and materials. This way you will have a proper space for everything and you will be able to find what you need when you need it. Without a shed, it’s likely your garden tools will end up all over your house and yard. Another benefit of adding a shed is that it will increase your property value. Whether you’re planning to sell in the near future or not for many years, having additional storage on your property is always a plus. If you’re looking for the perfect shed for your yard, speak to a specialist who can build one specifically for your needs.

As the weather continues to warm up and we continue to fantasize about long weekends spent outdoors, it’s important to get started on these projects before all the best pros are booked up. Get started on your next project so you can be relaxing by the time the first summer long weekend arrives.

Jessica Greaves Being the Senior Content Marketing Specialist at HomeStars, Jessica’s main goal is providing readers with the tools to turn their fixer-uppers into dream homes. When not busy browsing Pinterest, Jessica can be found wandering through vintage shops and baking desserts with varying degrees of success.

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