6 creative outdoor lighting ideas for your home - Lifestyle NZ
6 creative outdoor lighting ideas for your home

6 creative outdoor lighting ideas for your home

Whether you use your outdoor living area for entertaining or as a quiet spot to relax, lighting can transform the space. While lights are practical and ideal for safety, don’t be afraid to get creative with your lighting choices. Here are six lighting ideas.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Play with pattern

Lights that distribute shadows of pattern can be a simple yet effective way of adding interest to a deck or footpath. Choose a pendant light such as the David Trubridge Coral Pendant Light and install it next to a wall to enjoy the shadow play at night. Lining a walkway with bollard lights that spread their beam across the ground can also be a fun way of adding interest.

Coral Pendant Light by David Trubridge

Add warmth

Practical and stunning, fireplaces and firepits are a great addition to any outdoor space. On winter evenings this will be where everyone gathers. But don’t forget about the warmer months – opting for an artistic twist on a traditional fireplace will mean that you won't mind lighting it up.

Create a visually striking and practical fire with the Ecosmart Stix Portable Fire Pit from Wellington Fireplace Studio.

Shape things up

While they’re more for looking at than using as a practical light, sculptural garden lights can add another dimension to your landscaping. From solar powered to rechargeable LED, there is no shortage of garden lights to suit your outdoor area.

The Alien Outdoor Lamp by Next from Garden Solutions excites with its unusual shape.

Incorporate colour

Using coloured lights doesn’t have to just be for the festive season. Consider adding colour through LED string lights, or even a neon sign for a playful piece that doubles as a conversation starter with guests. If you’re looking for a low-key approach, try introducing colour through lamp stands and lanterns.

The Balad Garden Lamp Offset Stand by Fermob from Jardin Outdoor Furniture comes in six colours.

Blend playful and practical

Multi-functional lighting such as the Meridiano Light by Vibia are perfect for the entertainer. Doubling as an outdoor seat and lamp, use this light day and night. The design also means that shadows are dispersed onto the surrounding area – arrange them in a way that entices you to take a seat.

Meridiano Light by Vibia from ECC

Let there be (natural) light

There are certainly plenty of fun ways to incorporate lighting into your outdoor area, but let’s not forget natural light. Adding skylights, a retractable roof, or a louvre system means that you’ll be able to let the sunlight flood through during those summer days spent lounging on the deck, and in the cooler months when the sun can warm the area up.

The RL200 Louvre Roof System from Locarno Louvres allows up to 85% sun and light to penetrate into the outdoor space and the adjacent indoor living spaces.

Has this given you some ideas to light up your outdoor space?

Check out the range of outdoor lighting on ArchiPro.

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