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Unique Outdoor Lighting Ideas to Brighten Your Home

The days are cold and the nights are long during winter in Delaware. If you’re looking for a fresh way to brighten up your home this season, some new landscape lighting might be just what you’re looking for. Here are a few fun and unique outdoor lighting ideas to inspire your own design.

    • Mix and Match Path Lighting
      Small lights along paths and walkways is a great way to add welcome ambiance leading up to your front door. But to add a little bit of personal flair, try mixing different styles of lights instead of a uniform pattern. Lights of different heights and patterns can complement your front garden or walkway space.

 

    • Tree Lights
      The trees in your yard offer built-in structures; why not use them for lighting? Stick with sparse white industrial lights to avoid a “Christmas” look if you want to use strings. Or, opt for high-placed wash lights in trees to create a “moonlight” effect for some truly unique outdoor lighting patterns.

 

    • Railing Lights
      To create a soft lighting effect on a porch, patio, or deck space, use the bottom surface of the top railing to install built-in lights that can attach to a main switch. The downward effect prevents lights from becoming too harsh so that you can still enjoy the romance of the outdoors at night.

 

    • Water Highlights
      If you have water in your hardscaping — a small pond or running fountain, for example — you can create a dramatic nighttime effect by lighting it from beneath the surface. This design lets you enjoy the serenity of water, any time of day.

 

  • Cafe Lights
    Want to feel like you’re dining in a European cafe, without ever leaving your own backyard? String lights with large bulbs are a staple of the vintage cafe look and are becoming increasingly popular for outdoor home decor. This subtle effect makes any patio a little more Parisian.

Lighting is one of the most effective and affordable ways to transform the look of your outdoor space. Better yet, good landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100% to 200% when it comes time to sell your home, and lighting is an all-important part of that mix. Let one of these unique outdoor lighting ideas inspire your next design, or contact us today with your vision to make your home shine a little brighter!

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