Apparently there are two types of outdoor lighting: functional and aesthetic, but we think that nothing in your home should be purely functional.
Lighting has commonly been used to illuminate paths and deter thieves, but there is so much more to lighting than health and safety. Lights create ambiance which can change and improve how you use your outside space. Living in the UK we tend to ignore our gardens through the winter months, perhaps because the sun barely touches them, but this is even more reason to introduce some light.
We love these floating light orbs – perfect for any pool party pad.
Image from Sheri Martin Interiors
With the trend for glass houses, the garden is always in view and lighting will make it visible – so you can enjoy it all day and all night, year round.
Image from Kaya International
Outdoor lighting can be used to highlight garden structures such as pergolas and archways, adding interest and height; at night a garden is a blank canvas so the usual gardening concepts apply. A great tip to add some drama is to back-light trees to silhouette them!
When it comes to landscape lighting less is usually more, either ivory or a simple colour schemes work best. Garden Designers can provide advice on lighting solutions and the best types of plants to highlight, based on your desired effect.
If you want to introduce lighting to your garden there is nothing stopping you from getting things started on your own; solar lamps are great as you don’t need to worry about electrics and they are relatively cheap to purchase. White flowering plants look great at night even with minimal lighting.
Solar lighting is subtle, involves no maintenance and is a flexible option that can be altered to change the focus on different areas of planting depending on the season. Solar lights are also great for lining paths because you don’t have to worry about burying messy cables or forgetting to turn them on before a night out. If you do decide to go all out, get the electrics hooked up and have the lights put on a timer
Another great suggestion is a remote control! Have the lights hooked up so you can alter the lighting in your garden depending on your mood or occasion at the touch of a button.
If you’re considering revamping your garden and your plans don’t include lighting, ask a Garden Designer how lighting could be incorporated. If you are spending money to improve your garden, lighting will only be a small fraction of the cost but the difference it can make to your space and the usability of it priceless.
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