Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal
Getting outdoor lighting just right means that you can make the space usable after dark. Just because the sun goes down, it doesn’t mean that we have to head indoors, especially with the lighting options available today. Adding outdoor lighting to your front or back yard is easy and affordable, thanks to many solar powered lighting fixtures. Incorporating these into your outdoor lighting scheme can easily create curb appeal, and make your garden inviting.
Curb Appeal with Outdoor Lighting
Your entrance should be graced with a beautiful light fixture that provides enough illumination to welcome your guests and keep them safe at the same time. Generally, this would be a pendant light that is in keeping with the architectural style of your home. There are many designs and finishes to choose from, and come in a vast array of prices to suit any budget. Most often, this would be a wired fixture.
Wall sconces are an excellent addition to any exterior wall, adding more architectural detail and interest to the structure. Again, they should be in keeping with the architectural design of the home, and also blend in with the entrance light fixture. These would draw attention in the day, thanks to their beautiful design, and at night, because of the light they would emit.
Solar Garden Lights
Solar garden lights are a must in outdoor lighting. For one thing, they are extremely affordable, and for another, they are very easy to install without any cables or wires to limit their placement. Drawing their energy from the sun, they should be placed in areas where sunlight is ample. Aside from being used in a rock garden or a garden bed, they can also be used alongside the walkway that leads to the front door, guiding guests in a welcoming manner. Use solar Garden lights to also light up pathways that lead to interesting areas in your yard, or a path that leads to the backyard. It has an incredible visual effects, and also serves to provide the proper illumination necessary to avoid stumbling or tripping.
Consider keeping a distance between them which will naturally lead the eye down the path, which will also provide a glimpse of what’s to come, and don’t be afraid to mix it up a little bit. For example, while maintaining the same scheme, different styles of path lights can provide more interest. Also, carefully consider their placement, as this is critical. Do not think of them as runway lights, and instead use them as hints that let people know where to go next, without over using them.
Sometimes Less Really is MORE!
Uplight trees or shrubs for more visual effect, being careful not to overdo it. Sometimes, less really is more.
Moon lighting not that which comes from the moon, but that which is artificial light made to mimic the moonlight is a wonderful lighting trick used by professionals. The key is to hide the fixtures which are placed close to the tops of the trees, sometimes 40 feet high to provide that natural look, while illuminating walkways and casting natural looking shadows on the grounds beneath.
Create more drama using inexpensive rope lighting along a garden path which will provide an enchanting hidden glow.
Install lights right into the risers of steps that will ensure a safe footing. These lights should be soft to provide just enough brightness for guests to see each tread.
Under Soffit Lighting
Homes adorned with lights under the soffit cast interesting light upon the structure itself. It creates a distinctive mood and accents various areas and interesting features of the architectural design.