Lighting Tips For Outdoor Living Spaces

Many homeowners are trying to maximize their available living space and are expanding outdoors. These outdoor living spaces are meant to bring a portion of the indoors outside, so it makes sense that one of the ways homeowners and designers are accomplishing that is with outdoor lighting.

The ideas outlined below may be low-cost or DIY in nature, but they may require an outdoor electrical outlet. The professionals at Nite Time Décor would love to help you install these lighting systems and any required outlets. We can also install timers and switches so everything works like a charm!

Pendants

Pendants can add flair and whimsy to an outdoor room. Whether you’re hoping to create a relaxing space, something romantic, or light up an eating or sitting area, pendant lights can be a perfect fit. Pendant lights are perfect for task lighting over an outdoor kitchen. Why not try a pendant light, or a series of pendants, under a covered porch? Pendant lights don’t all need electricity. Try candleholders in a pendant style.

Pendants lights don’t have to be large or ornate. Whether you buy one, repurpose one, or DIY something utterly unique, it will be a conversation piece.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces can have a bit of high-end glamour to them, or be stark and utilitarian. Either way, they can serve a function as an outdoor pizza oven during the day and a source of romantic light by night. They also have an added bonus of providing some warmth on those cool spring and autumn nights as well.

Fire Pits and Bowls

These can be entirely simple affairs to something very classy, but if you love to sit around a fire in the evening, this might a good choice for your landscape. These come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, finishes, and price points. These can provide a crackling fire and be aesthetically pleasing, so you don’t have to sacrifice one to have the other.

Lighted Pots

This is a newer trend that we love. You can purchase lighted pots from a variety of big retailers and online. You can DIY something for a similar effect. We love these because by day you have the pleasure of enjoying the plants in the pots and at night the pots can add some soft light to your outdoor living space. These can be moved or repositioned as needed.

Focal Points

Outdoor living spaces may have a roof, or ceiling-like beams, but often they lack walls. Creating a focal point can be challenging, but this is great way to make the most of your outdoor lighting. Chandeliers are great in this respect as they can add a lot of flair and pizzazz without taking up any floor space.

Lanterns

Lanterns can have a slightly rustic or vintage appearance or can have a high-gloss shine. Some lanterns will be entirely functional (whether they use candles, oil, or electricity) and some will only be decorative. Whether they sit on a table or hang from the ceiling, lanterns can be a great way to add soft light to an outdoor space that feels comfortable and inviting but still a bit outdoorsy.

We’re here to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting display for your home or business. Contact our lighting experts today to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.

Fall Patio Lighting Design Ideas

Fall is approaching! The days are getting shorter and the kids are back to school, but there’s still plenty of outdoor entertaining time left in 2016!  Whether you’re planning a Harvest party, Thanksgiving get-together, want to decorate for Halloween, or just a romantic evening for two, the lighting experts at Nite Time Décor Oakville have put together a few ideas to help your patio look its best after dark this fall. As always, if you’re unsure about something, give us a call. We are happy to answer your questions.

Rope Lights

Rope lights are versatile and with proper installation are weather-proof so you can leave them up all year long. We love these for under small overhangs like steps or the edge of a deck, bench or railing. The trend is to hide the light fixture so a deck offers many groove and nooks to install rope lighting. LED lights are available in a variety of colours so if you’re having a themed party you can add some sparkle to the patio with these. If you’re having guests over this fall, ensure that changes in levels on patios and stairs are clearly illuminated for safety.

String Lights

If you’re looking for temporary pizzazz, string lights might be just the ticket. These are easy to install and can instantly transform your deck. String lights are available in a variety of shapes, lengths, and price points so whether you’re looking for something for Halloween (ghosts, jack-o-lanterns) or Thanksgiving (pumpkins maybe) or just romantic, you should be able to find what you’re looking for. We think these are a fun way to brighten your deck. String lights are easy to put up and take down. You don’t have to make a year-long commitment with these.

Trees

A popular landscape lighting design feature is to add spotlights shining up into the full foliage of a tree, or moonlighting by placing a light fixture high up in a tree so the light filters down through the leaves. But the leaves will be changing colour soon and dropping. Now what? You could adjust those lights once the leaves come down, or perhaps you can dim the lights using frosted or coloured lenses. This muted light can add a romantic feel to the landscape in fall. If you love decorating for Halloween, maybe you want to keep the spotlights on the tree’s naked branches and try to capture a spooky feel.

Dark Light

Don’t stress about lighting every corning of your yard. Once you’ve lit specific areas for safety, make use of those dark spaces to add contrast to the lighted portions of your yard and patio. The dark can act as a kind of privacy increasing the romantic or intimate feel. Use the dark to make the lighted spaces really pop and add a focal point.

Pathway Lights

The days are growing shorter, so if you plan to entertain this fall and haven’t yet installed pathway lighting – this is something we recommend. Not only does pathway lighting help guests find the pathways, but it might just keep them out of your gardens! There are a wide variety of pathway lighting options from solar stake lights to more permanent wired options. Fall is a great time to take advantage of end-of-season discounts at retailers.

We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions. Contact our outdoor lighting experts to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.