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How to stylishly light your garden

Garden Lighting Ideas

You know how important it is to carefully plan a lighting scheme for your home, but the same can be said for your garden. Increasingly people are using their outdoor space as an extension of their living room and the better it is illuminated, the longer you can stay out.

Once the sun goes down, a lack of garden lighting could see you forced to head indoors or have to sit in darkness. So, if you love relaxing outside during the summer as much as I do, it’s time to think about how you will solve this problem.

Check out my top tips for lighting your yard.

That’s entertainment

One of the reasons it’s so important to have adequate outdoor lighting is if you regularly like to entertain in your yard. I knew when I moved into my first house with a garden that I would want to throw plenty of parties and invite people to barbecues. However, if you don’t have some form of lighting you might find that the party ends sooner than you would like as it gets too dark to stay out.

If you regularly entertain in your garden, fairy lights are the ideal addition. You can often purchase solar-powered string lights, where a solar panel is inserted in your flowerbed which powers the small bulbs on the string above. These can come in the form of butterflies, flowers, dragonflies or Chinese paper lanterns and add a really fun element to your garden that’s perfect if you’re throwing a party.

Alternatively, you can purchase floor lanterns. These can be as simple or as ornate as you like. For instance, there are some Moroccan lights that are incredibly classy and add a beautiful, exotic touch to your outdoor space as the lanterns themselves look great even when not lit up.

For a great chillout space, place some scatter cushions around your patio or under a canopy along with some of these candle lanterns to create the perfect place for you and your friends to hang out as the night draws in.

Al fresco dining

One of the best things about summer is being able to eat outside and not freeze. Whether that’s by having a barbecue, a picnic or simply carrying your dinner plate outdoors to eat, having a place you can dine is such a great idea.

If you’re lucky enough to have a space in your garden where you can eat outside when the weather is fine, some form of illumination is a must. This means that as it gets dark, you won’t suffer by not being able to see your plate and once twilight sets in, you can linger a while longer enjoying a bottle or wine with your friends or family.

Should you have outdoor dining furniture near your house, an option is to have an electrical light fitting installed. An electrician can create a new circuit for you to run the bulbs off and you can shine a light on your dinner at the flick of a switch. However, this isn’t the most romantic option.

Indeed, you might prefer to hang a string of solar fairy lights along the wall or fence near the table, or in the branches of a tree overhead, before arranging tea light candles and lanterns to cast a soft glow around where you are sitting.

These are a couple of places where I think it is really beneficial to have outdoor lighting, but there are others as well. For instance, you can use solar lights to illuminate a path or any steps in your garden, or the plants or features you particularly admire so you can keep enjoying the sight of them once the sun has gone down.

Why don’t you share some of your top tips for garden lighting below?

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Tue, September 17 2013 » Landscaping Ideas