Lighting is a major part in the interior decor of a house, because a good lighting can add special value to a white wall, a corner with decorations and it is able to give warmth to the whole house.
Sometimes we forget that it is the same also for the garden. Even when gardens are tended to, lighting is something that can be left to the bottom of the garden design list, after landscaping and selecting outdoor dining furniture. But as spring approaches, and we start spending more evenings out in the garden, we realise that we must pay more attention to outdoor lighting ideas.
Installing the correct outdoor lighting is very important, not only to provide a great source of light when we eat out or read a book in the garden, but also to highlight special features that would otherwise only be seen in daylight.
To inspire you to refresh your outdoor lighting design, we have thought about the following ideas.
Whether you are a fan of dainty fairy lights to set the mood, or more innovative lighting solutions, we share a number of ways for you to brighten up your garden, inspiring you to create a relaxing haven and the perfect extension of your home – so you can dine alfresco late into the night…
Create intimacy outside by defining a distinct dining space. Use an architectural structure such as a pergola or gazebo and soften with foliage. Intertwine fairy lights to create a star-like canopy, echoing the night sky above. Add softly flickering candles in storm lanterns along the length of the table for a cosy night outside.
By using garden lights, you let your garden become an extension of your indoors even when it’s dark. Use light decoratively to highlight different shapes and features in your garden. You can add functional lighting to illuminate steps and pathways. Less is definitely more in garden lighting, so try not to overdo it. In order to achieve a dramatic and effective look, you need not just light, but also shadows.
To create an atmospheric and inviting space, use up-lighters to highlight trees and feature plants that have height – this will create interesting shadows and add texture. Choose warm lights to create a soft, welcoming atmosphere.
Add a warm and cosy handmade touch to your garden by using jars or bottles to create hanging candle lanterns. Use twine, chains or coloured string to hang them pride of place. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, hunt down a nice birch branch or metal frame to create a layered display of lights, hang them over your garden table and chairs to make a glowing feature and centrepiece.
Festoon lighting is the perfect solution to outdoor lighting, if you want to add charm and character to your garden as well as providing relaxed mood lighting for barbecues and alfresco dining. Place them over a table if hosting dinner, or across the garden for a whimsical atmosphere – add as many rows as your garden can fit. To create your ideal arrangement, wait until night time to position the lights.
Last but not least, always use LED to save energy, choose solar charged lighting wherever possible and have fun creating your preferred atmosphere in your garden!