When the weather cooperates, our backyards become the go-to spot to relax, entertain, and enjoy some much needed time in the sun. With so many new and stylish options, adding modern outdoor lighting to your backyard means you can extend your outdoor time past when the sun sets. If you’re looking for new ways to illuminate your outdoor space, try some of the bright new trends in backyard lighting.
No longer just for inside the house, statement lighting looks great above an outdoor dining set. Add a little drama and glamour to your backyard by incorporating a show-stopping chandelier. Or, go for something more natural, like wicker orbs wrapped in fairy lights. Whether you go with something bold or more subtle, adding statement lighting that you would normally see inside the home helps make your backyard seem like even more of an extension of the indoors.
Another trend being borrowed from indoors is adding floor lamps to your backyard design. A practical idea if your ideal night is doing some light reading outside, the addition of a floor lamp creates soft adjustable lighting perfect for small tasks. Due to their portability, you can easily move them around for their best use. A floor lamp helps to also create a cosy room atmosphere which can sometimes be lost when you head outside.
Practical and beautiful, adding lights to your stairs can help you see where you’re going at night, so you don’t trip and fall when trying to go back inside. There are many options these days, from stairs with lights built right into them, to getting a little crafty and adding your own rope lights to your stairs. Your guest will certainly appreciate being able to see where they’re stepping at night, especially after enjoying a beverage or two in your beautiful backyard.
Another way to help guide your guests through your backyard is to install pathway lighting. This can be done in a number of ways. When you think of pathway lighting you probably think of those little lights stuck in the ground along the way. While this is still a great option, we’re now seeing homeowners getting creative with their path lights. Try incorporating different trends like orbs or lanterns to guide the way. Another bright idea is to use solar lights so that you don’t even have to think about turning the lights on. Simply wait for it to become dark and your little lights will shine bright and safely guide your path.
String lights are a trend that’s taken over the internet the past few years, and your backyard is no exception. The great thing about string lights is that they can be used anywhere, are relatively inexpensive, and add instant sparkle to any part of your backyard. You can string them above to create a canopy of little lights, wrap them around your stair railings, put them in trees or shrubs, or anywhere else you can think of!
From paper to Moroccan inspired, lanterns are going to be big in 2018. Use them to light your pathways, hang them from trees, group them together on a tabletop, or randomly disperse lanterns throughout your garden. They help add a touch of whimsy and playfulness to any landscape. As they grow in popularity, you’ll see there are lots of options these days. From solar powered, to candlelight, to LED bulbs, there’s a lantern for every backyard out there.
A fun addition to any backyard, in 2018 we’re seeing homeowners playing with different colour options when it comes to their outdoor lighting. You can either purchase new fixtures that come with coloured bulbs or replace some of your current lighting options with new coloured bulbs. There are even bulbs that change colours so you don’t have to worry about committing to one colour option forever.
Are you ready to light up your backyard? Let us know in the comments which one of these trends is your favourite and how you plan to incorporate them in your backyard.
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