Summer is fast approaching, and now is the time to get ready. Proper lighting is essential if you want to get the most out of your deck or backyard this summer. Good outdoor lighting can bring out those great summer vibes to your backyard. So, here is a look at six great lighting ideas to help you prepare your backyard for summer.
Lanterns are a great way to bring vibrancy and character to an outdoor space. You could invest in a festive Moroccan lantern to add some flair to the area or buy a set of paper lanterns if you’re looking for something more affordable. Lanterns are great because they are lightweight and flexible, making them easy to arrange around your existing outdoor furniture. Place them on a table for cozy outdoor meals and events, or hang them in the air to create a canopy of illumination. However you decide to arrange them, lanterns will make a welcomed addition to your backyard.
A tasteful neon sign will give your outdoor space a fun retro look that is warm and inviting. Neon signs can be iconic images, witty phrases, or inspirational quotes, and allow you to give your backyard an added flair that will transform it into a hip living space that friends and neighbors will want to visit.
Ground lights are another must-have for a well-lit summer backyard. If you plan on using your backyard after dark, you’ll want to make sure that your guests can effectively navigate the area so they don’t trip and fall. Ground lights can be embedded directly into the landscaping and light the area without taking too much space. You can use solar-powered lights with LED bulbs if you want a more sustainable option. Ground lights allow you to use your backyard safely well into the night, which is especially important if you have kids who may be running around with friends after dark.
String lights aren’t only for the holidays. They’re another fantastic option for large backyards in any season. Hang them over the patio or on nearby trees to create a layer of radiance over the entire yard. They offer a variety of exciting possibilities that will keep your backyard well-lit into the evening hours.
Outdoor pendant lights are another classy addition to any yard or patio. These light fixtures come in various shapes and styles to fit any design choice. Pendant lights are suspended by a single chord and can be hung from the ceiling of your porch, deck, or gazebo. You just need the right ceiling canopy parts to hang it properly. Pendant lights can add some much-needed overhead light to an outdoor area. So, if you plan on eating dinner or playing cards outdoors after dark, a well-placed pendant light is essential.
An outdoor chandelier is another tasteful lighting choice you may consider. Chandeliers are stylish and practical, making them excellent for lighting your deck or gazebo. They offer the sophistication and warmth of an indoor study or den with all the benefits of outdoor living. To get the most out of your outdoor chandelier, you need a deck or other structure that is large enough to accommodate a larger lighting fixture. Thankfully, chandeliers come in different sizes and styles, making the selection process that much easier. So, for those with the proper setup, an outdoor chandelier can add elegance and charm that will make your backyard the place to be.
So there you go: six great ways to revamp your backyard just in time for summer! Get ready for nighttime barbecues, s’mores, outdoor movies, and more — now lit with the warm glow of your new lights. End those sunny summer days with chill, cozy evenings!
Author Bio: Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She often covers developments in HR, business, recruiting, real estate, law and finance, but also enjoys writing about travel, interiors and events.
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