5 Tips to Make Your Backyard More Enjoyable During the Winter

5 Tips to Make Your Backyard More Enjoyable During the Winter

Spending time outdoors has a multitude of benefits, boosting our mood, creativity, and vitality. During the winter months, however, most people tend to spend more time inside their homes, neglecting outdoor activities. A simple and convenient way of incorporating more outdoor time in your everyday life is to take advantage of your exterior living areas. Here are five tips to make your backyard more enjoyable during the winter.

Install a source of heat to create warmth

Let’s address the main issue: the cold! Yes, in many parts of the country, temperatures plummet drastically, making spending time in your backyard the last thing you’d want to do in the winter. Installing a source of heat, such as a patio heater or an outdoor fireplace, will make your space much more inviting and provide you with warmth at any time of the day. A hot tub can also significantly increase the appeal of your backyard during the colder months.

Incorporate winter plants to add greenery and color to your backyard

There is no denying that a yard devoid of plants and life doesn’t quite lift the spirits in the same way as one with blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies. But, there is no reason to despair. The good news is that there exists a multitude of plants that can resist, and even thrive, in the cold. Visit your local nursery and ask an expert which flowers and shrubs you can grow in your area in the winter. Adding them to your garden will add oodles of vibrancy to your yard, increasing your enjoyment.

Make your yard appealing to birds

We’ve addressed how to bring life to your yard by adding greenery, but what about the liveliness that the birds and little critters produce by their mere presence and activity? While the greenery will go a long way in making your yard more appealing to these wonderful creatures, there are many other ways to attract birds, including installing a bird feeder or a heated bird-bath.

Plan fun backyard activities

There are many ways to have fun with your family outdoors in the winter. You can plan a fun evening of hot chocolate and smores around the fireplace. Everyone can grab a cozy blanket and gather in the garden or on the deck for story time. What about a dip in the hot tub to spend a few hours relaxing outdoors? And if you’re lucky enough to have snow in your backyard, what better way to have fun than spending the day building a snowman and making snow angels? The options are endless!

Use outdoor lighting to extend your enjoyment into the evening

Since the days are shorter during the winter, many of us often only have a few hours, if we’re lucky, to enjoy the daylight after a hard day’s work. Outdoor lighting can not only increase visual appeal and safety of your property at night, but it can also enable you to spend more time outdoors. Installing a combination of garden lighting, directional lighting, path and area lighting, well lighting, and deck lighting allows you to extend your enjoyment well past sunset.

We hope you enjoyed these ideas. Tell us what you plan on doing to spend more time outdoors with your family this winter.

Valentine’s Day: How to Create a Romantic Mood with Outdoor Lighting

outdoor mood lighting

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to let the one you love know just how much you appreciate them. For some couples, it’s a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant; for others, it’s a quiet night in, with that nice bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. If you fall in the latter category, here are some amazing outdoor mood lighting ideas that are sure to make your Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart a memorable one.

Dazzling Decks

Do you want to wow your significant other with an elegant outdoor dinner? While we can’t help with dinner, we can help you create a romantic atmosphere with lighting. If you’re serving dinner on your deck, use a combination of deck lights, string lighting, and flameless candles to add a touch of romance to your backyard. Make sure to choose a warm light, in the 2000k to 3000k range, that will add softness to your outdoor space and refrain from using anything above 3000k.

Glistening Gardens

What about a night-time picnic in your garden? Let’s face it, without the correct lighting, even the most magnificent of gardens can look dull and uninspiring at night. The good news is that the right lighting elements and techniques can help you transform your garden into an enchanted wonderland at night. With a combination of garden lights and lighting techniques such as moonlighting and grazing, you can create a space that’s warm and inviting and perfect for Valentine’s Day (or year-round) romance.

Shimmering Pools

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, why not plan a beautiful poolside dinner, and possibly a romantic swim? Turn the pool lights on and use a few whimsical string lights and flameless candles to decorate your table. You can even set up a few flameless lanterns around the perimeter of the pool for an added touch of romance.

Other Outdoor Mood Lighting Ideas

  • For added ambiance and to set up a luminous background for your romantic evening, line fences and hedges with additional strings of light.
  • If you have any romantic architectural or garden decor elements, such as a beautiful statue, use directional lighting and the up-lighting technique to highlight them.
  • Employ lighting contrasts when setting up your romantic scene. For example, a combination of dimmer deck lights that provide a low, soft glow can be paired with a brighter, eye-catching light to create drama.
  • Rather than haphazardly placing your flameless candles, try setting them up in a heart shape for a more Valentine’s Day feel.
  • Add Valentine’s Day decorations to your front entryway and use directional lighting to showcase your efforts. You can even dim your porch lights or replace the bulbs with a Valentine’s Day color such as pink or red.

What do you think about our outdoor mood lighting ideas? How do you plan on making Valentine’s Day special for your loved one this year? Let us know in the comments section.

Outdoor Lighting: What is Light Color Temperature?

Outdoor Lighting: What is Light Color Temperature?

When choosing the right lights for your outdoor environment, there is a multitude of different factors to take into consideration. For example, the wattage and the design of the lights you select will impact the effect of your landscape lighting. Another important aspect to consider when picking lighting for your outdoor space is the color temperature of the lights. Here’s an overview of what light color temperature is and how it will affect the look of your outdoor lights.

Light Color Temperature

Light color temperature is a way to describe how the light appears to the naked eye. Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale from 1000 to 10000. So, for example, lights that indicate they have a 2000k to 3000k range will produce warm white light while anything between 4600k and 6500k will mimic daylight in its appearance. Choosing the right light color temperature for your outdoor space is just as important as choosing the right wattage when is come to aesthetics and visibility.

The best color temperature range for outdoor lighting is warm white light or anything below 3000k. Anything above the 3000k range will give off a bluish hue that will make your outdoor space look unnatural and jarring. This is especially true of LED lights because their light quality is crisp and clear in comparison to other lighting choices, and therefore, they can have an overpowering appearance when they have a high light color temperature range. For the best outdoor lighting results, warm white LED lights are ideal.

Layering and Other Lighting Effects

In simplest terms, light layering refers to the use of highs and lows to create beauty or drama in your space. This is especially important for outdoor areas not only because layering creates different moods for different locations, but it allows you to tailor different lighting experiences for different uses. For example, you may want your pathway lighting to be brighter than that of your patio.

Additionally, if you have your pathway lights on an independent transformer from that of your patio lights, there is a wide variety of dimmers and controllers you can take advantage of to create a different look and feel for your patio space. It’s important to note that these effects only work if your color temperature is 3000k or below because anything above this would be too garish and overpowering to be orchestrated properly.

What light color temperature do you use for your landscape lighting? Do you agree that warm light looks best? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.