19 Ideas for Outdoor Lighting
Candles and flowers add romance to any garden event. (Use battery-powered candles if wind is a bother or fire is a concern.) Hang a chandelier like this up in a tree or from hardscaping.
A large piece of architectural salvage still works hard as a light when strung with twinkle lights. The contrast between big and bitty makes for a charming look.
Floating candles offer illumination for an evening garden party. A raised, galvanized tub overflows with delicate flowers; inside, a smaller tub holds the floating candles.
The teardrop-shape white light sitting on the deck injects a mod look in this bold setting.
Video: How to make a garden chandelier
Create a unique garden chandelier using a shallow tray, canning jars, votive candles, moss, a flowerpot, rope, chain and birdseed.
Lighting creates mood, so make sure the kind you choose matches yours. Candles floating among flowers is pure romance.
An outdoor living room takes on the look of indoor spaces when you use furniture and accessories that echo interior styling.
Hurricane-style lanterns warm the look in this fall setting. They come in many styles, making it simple to find one to fit your look.
Oversize candle holders hung between striped curtains make for a bright and cheery look on a porch.
Path lights direct beams where guests need it. The tulip glass on this fits right in amid a flowerbed.
Path lights can even seem to bubble with enthusiasm.
Tea lights flicker in votives placed in holes left by long-gone lights in this chandelier.
Touch of tapers
Hang a chandelier on your porch for a shabby-chic style. Graceful tapers will cast a gentle glow when lit at night. (Use battery-power tapers for safety.)
Paper lanterns come in a range of colors, sizes and shapes—some are even solar powered. Choose ones that match your outdoor furniture. Hung on plant hangers in the garden bed, these will create a cocoon of light around the seating area.
Wind strings of lights of various sizes and shapes around plant supports, a trellis, a pergola or the like for a whimsical touch.
Streamlined looks still work hard. Focus light where you need it by hanging pendants.
Twice as good
Ceiling fans hung on porches stir air on summer days and pool light over seating or eating areas on summer nights.
A version of an old-fashioned street light identifies your home, acts like a beacon and lights the pathway.
Wrapping holiday lights around planters can be a seasonal touch or a year-round spirit brightener.