LIGHT UP A MOOD
A CLEVER SELECTION OF LIGHTING CAN ENHANCE AN AREA’S DESIRED EFFECT
It’s like Groundhog year, not day. By the end of summer, I’m over the heat, and by the end of winter, I’m anticipating summer.
This year, I’m particularly looking forward to stepping back outside to eat, entertain and simply enjoy those glorious, balmy spring nights.
But before I do, our exterior lights need some attention, which in return inspired me for this week’s article.
If you’re ready to transform your outdoor living area or gardens, step one is to step back and make a plan.
How do you use your outdoor living? Where do people sit or stand? What’s important within each space? How do you want the area to look visually? Moody, tranquil and intimate, or lit up like fireworks?
Once you’ve established the foundations of your exterior light selection, it’s then time to layer.
Exterior lighting is most visually appeasing and interesting when layered using three different methods – ambient, task and accent lighting. ambient lights like downlights or wall lights are for practicality, lighting up an entire space.
Whereas task lighting illuminates a particular spot, useful for barbecues or your outdoor dining area, accent lights are all about the mood and creating interest throughout your entertaining area and garden.
A lovely example of layered lighting for the outdoor entertaining area would be using downlights in the ceiling, a gorgeous statement pendant above a dining table and perhaps up and down wall lights scattered around.
LED strips are proving popular, not only for their high-end luxury look, but for safety.
A great way to brighten up your backyard, of course, but when installed in decking and stairs, they act as a safety feature.
Uplighting is by far my favourite look visually. There’s something so beautiful and engaging about a gorgeous tree, water fountain or feature wall lit up from its base.
Not dissimilar to a fire, you simply can’t take your eyes of it.
For those of you who may have budget constraints or are perhaps renting, lanterns are the perfect addition to any outdoor area. They’re portable, they come in a wide range of styles, and you can find them with LED lights for convenience.
Glow furniture, orbs and planters are great multipurpose alternatives to exterior lighting. Super modern in appearance, they can light up your space all the while holding plants or humans.
Cluster orbs or planters in areas that don’t receive a lot of light to brighten a corner or garden.
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WORDS: DANNI MORRISON