Illuminate your Patio and Deck

Summer is officially here, and that means the hot summer weather is here to stay. When the hot days bring warm nights, you’ll want to make the most of your outdoor space. Whether you enjoy summer barbeques, entertaining guests on the patio or just relaxing under a star-lit sky, you’ll want an outdoor lighting design that can create just the right ambiance for your needs. When creating a patio or deck lighting design for your home, be sure to consider these four tips before making any purchases or installations.

Start with The Basics

When it comes to creating a lighting design for your patio or deck, it’s always best to take some time upfront to consider what exactly you want your design to accomplish. Make sure you think about how you use your patio and deck most often. Do you entertain guests? Do you host family dinners? Do you just like to sit outside and relax? Understanding how you use your space will help you decide how you should illuminate it.

You’ll also want to consider what benefits you are looking for. Most people who install patio and deck lighting designs want to increase the safety and security of their space after dark. To increase safety, homeowners should focus on illuminating level changes around stairs and slopes, and increasing visibility around doorways, posts or pillars and other obstacles that may be present.


After you’ve covered the basics, you’ll want to consider the more aesthetic elements of your outdoor lighting design, and highlight architectural elements that give your home its own unique style. Think back to when you first bought your home. What made you fall in love with it? Was it the textured façade? The pillars? The gazebo? Highlighting these unique architectural features will help add character and depth to your outdoor lighting design.


When planning a lighting design for your patio or deck, make sure to look at what landscaping elements surround that specific area. Is there a beautiful garden that that would create a warm and inviting ambiance if illuminated? Is there a tree that would serve as a spectacular focal point if string lights were hung from the branches? Highlighting these elements not only allow you to show off all the hard work you’ve put into landscaping your property, it also adds an additional layer of depth and character to your patio lighting design.

The Finishing Touches

Once you’ve covered the basics, assessed unique architectural elements and have pinpointed landscaping features that will all contribute to a breathtaking outdoor lighting design, it’s time to add the finishing touches. This will be the small, well-thought-out details that push your lighting design over the edge. Task lighting, underlighting (think benches and railings), and movable fixtures are all small detail elements that can have a big impact on the overall mood and ambiance of your space.

Contact Nite Time Décor

Whether you’re creating your patio or deck lighting design from scratch, revamping your existing design or just planning to incorporate a few new elements, our lighting design experts can help. With our up-to-date knowledge of current trends and available lighting design options and technologies on the market, we can help you create the perfect lighting design for any outdoor space. Contact Nite Time Décor Oakville today to get started!