Lighting Ideas to Make Your Yard More Inviting

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Just as the right lamp or light fixture can really bring a room together, the perfect visual effects in your yard can make quite the impression. Yards are another terrific way to express your personality and create an extension of the warm and welcoming atmosphere that your home brings. Consider the following outdoor lighting ideas to turn your space into its own miniature oasis.

Simple Elegance of String Lights

Outdoor lighting is all about setting the mood, and string lights are a lovely way to add that distinctive touch. Strategically hang them through and between trees, along fences, walls, and trellis and under canopies. In addition to complementing the yard’s theme, it’s easy to coordinate string light designs with the seasons, or with certain occasions or holidays. They also work well, when combined with other landscape lighting techniques, such as silhouetting and shadowing. Those methods focus on creating subtle plays on light, as their names suggest, and can produce an even greater enchanting element to a seating or dining area in the yard.

Mesmerizing Underwater Illumination

Take the calming, captivating feeling that water brings to the senses, and use underwater pond lighting to highlight its beauty. You can control the exact angles of emphasis with the light’s swivel bracket, and make a striking statement. These types of fixtures are also effective on land, when placed near statues, plants, or rock structures that outline the waters. Remember too, that these accents are terrific for curb appeal, should you ever decide to sell or rent out your home.

Path, Border, and Step Ambiance

One of the strongest resources for outdoor lighting ideas lies within the yard itself, and how it is shaped and designed. Create your own borders around natural and decorative formations, with low voltage lights in a variety of shapes and styles. Bullet landscape lights can be staked right into the ground to act as directional pathway illumination, often in between small hedges. For more of a resort-type ambiance, consider placing brass or rust-colored mushroom, hat, or tulip lighting along the front yard walkway, and along the outlines of where the gardens, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, or fire pit area. If you prefer something less ornamental but still powerful, consider powder coated, metallic looking LED step deck lights with frosted glass.

Use Outdoor Lighting to Bring Color and Creativity to Your Yard

Whether your outdoor lighting follows an overall theme, or only adorns certain pocket spaces, use it to evoke happiness, relaxation, and everything else that’s great about unwinding in the yard. Paint recycled cans and jars with bright colors or whimsical designs, put battery-powered candles in each, and either hang them or place on a planting shelf. Hang vintage looking lanterns from lampposts and shepherd hooks. To decorate parts of the yard where landscape lights aren’t possible, try:

  • Tree branch or hula-hoop chandeliers wrapped with electric lights
  • Trays with votive candles, shells, and sand
  • Birdbaths with tea lights
  • Stepping stones accented with glow in the dark paint

Make sure that all of the lighting is comfortable on the eyes, and have fun setting up a yard that you and your guests can always enjoy at night!

How will you be making your yard more inviting this season? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

Illuminating Important Elements of Your Outdoor Spaces

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It’s that time of the year again when we start showing some much-needed love to our outdoor spaces in preparation for the warmer months to come. If you have a green thumb, that may mean planning your upcoming spring gardening. If you’re a barbecue aficionado, it may mean refinishing your deck. If you love to entertain guests over cocktails and canapés outdoor, it may mean sprucing up your patio décor. Although many of us relish moments spent outside soaking up the sunshine and breathing in that fresh spring air, we don’t end up making the most of our outdoor spaces at night due to a lack of adequate landscape lighting.

Why Should You Illuminate Your Landscape?

In addition to allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your garden at night, proper lighting can make your property feel more inviting to guests. Exterior lighting can also decrease the likelihood of accidents and detract intruders and trespassers, making your home safer during the night.

What Elements of Your Outdoor Space Should You Illuminate?

Flower Beds: Continue to enjoy your beautiful blooms even after sunset by installing landscape lighting. Rather than flooding your planting beds with light, strategically place your fixtures to create pockets of light that focus on a particular area. This way, the eye is readily drawn from one focal point to the next.

Trees: Since they are a natural center of attraction in many yards, trees are the ideal element to illuminate at night. You can get quite creative when it comes to lighting trees as you can highlight their various angles, patterns, and parts, such as the base, trunk, or branches with directional lighting, which can result in a multitude of equally-stunning results.

Walls and Facades: Show off the stunning detail craftsmanship of your garden walls and home facade at night. For instance, you can highlight the interesting textures of a rock wall by positioning well lights and even step-deck lights near the base to achieve a grazing effect.

Walkways: Path lighting makes your walkways safer and more welcoming at night by guiding your guests to your front door. Rather than choosing lights that bathe the entire area in light, use fixtures that feature a canopy so that the light travels downward so that your friends and family can see their steps and the ground.

Steps: If your front porch or deck features stairs, use lights designed specifically for that purpose to lead them up the steps safely. You can also use them in conjunction with patio lights to create a warm space.

Water features: Not only can lighting make your water features viewable at night, but they also transform this decorative feature and create a dreamy atmosphere. You can use underwater pond lights to create a romantic glow or use them as in-ground well lights to provide soft illumination.

What are your landscape lighting plans for this season? Tell us in the comments section below.

5 Foolproof Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out This Spring

5 Foolproof Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out

Your home’s exterior and landscaping are what passersby and potential homebuyers first see, so curb appeal can go a long way to increase your property’s worth and wow your neighbors, not to mention that it can instill in you a profound sense of satisfaction. No matter the reason(s) you want to make your home stand out, here are five foolproof ways of doing so.

Spruce Up Your Lawn

Spring is just around the corner, and you couldn’t ask for a better time to give your landscaping a boost. If you have neglected your lawn, you can give it a greener appearance by re-sodding the bare spots, removing pesky weeds, applying fertilizer, and watering it regularly.

Plant Flowers for a Boost of Color

Flowers not only add vibrant color to your yard, but they also attract fluttery creatures such as butterflies and birds, making your yard livelier. If you don’t like to do a lot of yard work, a flowerbed with perennials that bloom every year is an excellent, inexpensive idea.

Give Your Siding a Good Clean

Before you get to cleaning your siding, make sure that you have repaired any damage, such as cracked boards or trims, that, over time, can make your investment vulnerable to moisture infiltration. Get into the habit of cleaning your siding yearly to remove any grit or grime that has accumulated on the surfaces. Using warm, soapy water, trisodium phosphate (TSP), and a soft-bristled brush, work in sections scrubbing your siding and rinse as you complete each section.

Add Colorful Accents

There are many ways to add personality to your garden other than garden gnomes. You could add an inexpensive wind spinner, a beautiful hand-crafted garden statue, or a whimsical wind chime to add color and an element of fun to your yard.

Add Outdoor Lighting

If your outdoor lighting consists of that sole porch light, it’s time to change things up. After all, you’ve spruced up your lawn, planted flowers, given your siding a good scrub and rinse, and even added colorful accents. Highlight the results of all your hard work and feel that sense of pride and accomplishment even after it starts to get dark by installing outdoor lighting on your property.

How do you plan on boosting your property’s curb appeal this spring? Tell us in the comments section below!