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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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Lighting up our summer!

Lighting up our summer!

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Lighting up our summer!

by Linda Mazur

Proper illumination is vital for obvious reasons.

The warm weather has finally arrived and many of us will be working on outdoor living spaces for our clients. Creating a beautiful, well-curated backyard oasis, with lush gardens can be an exciting project. However, an outdoor space cannot be truly complete without proper lighting. It not only adds value to the home, it can bring great enjoyment and value to life.

Proper illumination is vital for obvious reasons such as safety and ease of mobility. Whether it’s an entryway, pathway lighting, recessed deck lighting, a security light or beautiful sconces outside doorways, we require basic lighting to assist us in the dark. However, good outdoor lighting also carries an aesthetic value.

When planned properly, exterior entryway lights can highlight architecture features, whether at the front or rear of the home. As we know, there are multitudes of styles and lighting options available from modern to traditional to period pieces — wall sconces to pendant lighting. Decide what may be the most complementary to enhance the exterior of your home. Recessed soffit lights may be another option to consider and are a great way to “wall-wash” the house, casting a warm glow and highlighting the architectural details.

Photo Courtesy DOT Furniture
Photo Courtesy DOT Furniture

Deck lighting and pathway lighting not only improves the aesthetics of your outdoor space, it obviously also enables us to move freely and safely in the dark. When creating pathway lighting remember to keep your lights well balanced and staggered to avoid the “landing strip” effect that we so often see. When lighting a staircase, I’m often asked by clients how many lights are enough? For a relatively narrow staircase, a single step light centred in each riser may be sufficient, for wider steps you may feel that you require a series of lights along each riser, or perhaps they can be positioned in the stringers.

Photo Courtesy Pier1.ca
Photo Courtesy Pier1.ca

Accent lighting is also important when planning an outdoor project. Consider adding lighting to garden beds, up lighting trees, architectural features like pergolas, arbours or gazebos, or perhaps a wall or water feature. And, let’s not forget that fire is a great feature for the outdoors. Whether it’s an actual formal fireplace or simply one of the various other options such as columns, bowls, pits, lanterns or tables, the addition of fire to your space is a wonderful feature to cozy up and enjoy the summer evening outdoors.

Photo Courtesy HomeSense.ca
Photo Courtesy HomeSense.ca

When planning and designing your outdoor living spaces, keep in mind that the drive to Smart Home automation is not lost outdoors. Consider Control4 for your lighting, sound, water features, security and more, to enhance your space with ease, as well as maintain usage control.

Our time outdoors in the summer is so short-lived; however, with the addition of proper lighting you can extend and enhance your stay to really soak in the relaxation and pleasures that the summer months have to offer.

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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