With the summer months just around the corner, it won’t be long before we can start to take advantage of the warmer weather and spend more time in our gardens. Whether you’re entertaining guests or having a candlelit dinner for two on the terrace, garden lighting can help you make the most of being outside when the sun goes down. Here are four inspiring lighting ideas to help you give a new lease of life to your outdoor space.
- Emphasise garden features with spot lights
Spot lights are the ideal outdoor lighting choice if you want to draw attention to certain garden features after dark. With adjustable heads, you can control the direction in which the light falls to create a dramatic display in your favourite areas. Perhaps you’re keen to show off an exotic plant, a water feature or an impressive piece of architecture on your home. Depending where you want to focus the light, you can choose between wall mounted versions or spike spotlights that can simply be pushed into the soil.
- Create a cosy dining area with lanterns
No outdoor seating area is complete without some ambient lighting. Casting a warm glow similar to a candle, lanterns can be used to create an intimate and welcoming atmosphere on patios and decking areas – perfect for warm summer evenings spent entertaining guests outdoors. To create an elegant display of light, lanterns can either be hung up on the wall or placed on a table to brighten up your alfresco dinner parties. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference they can make when it comes to setting the right mood.
- Adorn your greenery with fairy lights
Not just for indoors, fairy lights can be used outside all year round to illuminate your flora. Why not give your greenery a magical glow by coiling them around tree branches and entwining them in trellises and shrubbery? These twinkling lights are ideal for outdoor parties and romantic seating areas and will give your garden a charming look and feel.
- Save energy with solar powered fixtures
Worried about using too much energy to illuminate your garden at night? That’s where solar lights come in. Offering a more cost effective way to brighten your outdoor space, these energy saving fixtures eliminate the need for complex wiring and are powered by the sun’s rays. As well as being an economical option, solar lamps come in a wide range of interesting designs and can make attractive garden features.
Of course, these are just a few examples of simple but effective lighting ideas for your garden, but they should inspire you to think of ways in which you can enjoy some extra time outdoors during the summer months.