Patio Lighting Design Ideas

These warm summer months have everyone outside and enjoying the warmth after dark. Whether you’re relaxing with family or planning a special event or dinner, plan for your patio lighting to help create a space you’ll want to use all season long!

From simple string lights to the more complicated sconces, we have a design idea for your budget. We have provided some general ideas below, but the sky is the limit if you’re thrifty and enjoy upcycling or contact our experts at Nite Time Décor in Oakville to get a polished professional look that will last for years to come.

String Lights
String lights offer a lot of versatility and have the added bonus of generally being easy to install. String lights are available in LED in a variety of colours. Fairy lights are fun when wrapped around plants, posts or in a tree. Incandescent bulbs offer the sought-after soft white light. Be sure the lights are rated for outdoor use, or plan to take them down after each use.

Stringing lights over a sitting area or patio table creates an ethereal outdoor ceiling. Remember, you want the lighting to encourage people to linger — not dine and dash, so a little light can go a long way.

The Catch: Unless you’re using solar lights, string lights need to reach an outdoor outlet.

Pendants are very versatile. Whether you’re looking for an upcycled bohemian creation or something sleek and polished for an outdoor kitchen, pendent lights are a great option. Hang a pendant light (or two or three) from a tree branch over a table. Upcycle a hanging light for the evening over a sitting area or table for that special event. Pergolas offer ideal structure to hang a pendant light. Hang a pendant light just for the night, or choose a style with some flair and let it stand as a focal point of the patio area during the day as well.

The Catch: Most pendant lights will need to be taken inside for the winter, or taken down with each use if not rated for outdoor use. They will also need to reach an outdoor outlet.

Sconces create reliable light whether mounted on a wall, post, or railing. Sconces come in a variety of styles and sizes, and can cast light up or down as desired. These all-weather fixtures offer security lighting for doors, steps, or pathways as well. If a historic or vintage look appeals to you, sconces may be the way to go.

The Catch: These will usually require a professional to install and are difficult to change out if you want a different look next summer.

Stair Lights
Small one and two step stairs can be more problematic than larger staircases, because people can miss that the stairs are there. Be kind and add some lighting to those one and two step changes on your decking or down to a pathway. Recessed lighting is popular but usually requires professional installation. LED rope lights are effective used this way if an outlet is nearby. Landscape lighting can also be effective if the lights are placed in the adjacent flower bed so that light and not shadows are cast on the stairs.

Nite Time Décor Oakville specializes in helping our clients design a truly unique lighting plan for their home or business. Contact our lighting experts to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.