Outdoor Lighting Ideas for All Around the Home
After Dark, Landscape Lighting Makes a House a Home
Looking for outdoor lighting ideas for your home? Paramount Lawn + Landscape specializes in showing off outdoor spaces with landscape lighting. From improving security to highlighting architecture to enjoying outdoor living, landscape lighting might be just the sparkle your property needs.
Check out our recommendations for illuminating these areas of your property:
- Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Front of House
- Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Backyard
- Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Patios
- Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Trees
- Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Decks
Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Front of House
Outdoor lighting ideas for the front of your house should center around the front door as the focal point. It’s where you welcome guests in, and it’s also a place you want to light up for security.
Lighting the corners of the home frame the house against the dark background. Softer fill light is applied beside each window.
Outdoor lighting for the front of the home also gives the opportunity to highlight interesting architectural details, like the decorative soffit of this house or its beautiful rock porch pillars. Uplighting these features makes for high-contrast shadows that grab the eye.
Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Backyard
Before lighting your backyard, think about how you will use the space. What should the atmosphere feel like?
- Family fun
- Party central
- Grill and chill
- Romantic getaway
This backyard is ready for a family night of fun, with firepit and room to run. Lighting in key areas improves safety and helps in the s’more-making.
When the sun sets on this pool party, guests will still be able to see their plates, drinks and each other. Path lighting ensures no one trips in the dark.
When grilling is on the menu, visibility is key. In the dark, no grillmaster can tell if chicken or fish is done (or still raw!). Good lighting around the grill and prep area of an outdoor kitchen is a must.
When it’s time to relax and enjoy some quiet time, bistro lighting on an arbor provides just enough twinkle. Add some outdoor LED candles for soft table lighting.
Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Patios
Hardscaping has become popular in recent years, and with good reason! Your outdoor living spaces come alive with whatever you can dream up, like patios, firepits, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and more. Also available are integrated LED hardscape lights that offer just the right amount of illumination.
Visibility is important for safety while moving around. Make sure your patio spaces help your family and guests get from point A to point B after sunset.
Here’s an example of hardscape lighting integrating with the overall patio design to light up the area around a firepit and show off a gorgeous waterfall.
Your hardscape lighting shouldn’t distract from outdoor fireplaces and firepits. This backlit scene keeps the focus on the flames for contemplation and relaxation.
Lighting under the benches helps navigation around this patio that’s open to a lake (don’t want anyone tripping and falling in!). Once seated, though, you won’t be distracted by the light and can enjoy the lit fountain.
Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Decks
Decks are a perennial favorite for backyards. Why not add these outdoor lighting ideas to freshen up the space and spend more time outdoors?
Post lights are a natural spot to add some illumination. They are attractive during the day and already spaced evenly to provide the right amount of light at night.
Bistro lighting (also called string lighting or fairy lights) makes an appearance above this deck to create a festive ambiance. Modern bistro lights wire into your overall landscape lighting design, so there’s no worries about batteries or needing an outdoor outlet.
Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Trees
We love trees! And with the right landscape lighting, they can be a dramatic focal point at night. Check out how the trunk, limbs and canopy of this tree transform into something magical when the lights come on.
Here’s a majestic specimen, uplit to show extra drama.
For a cozier feel, use bistro lights to illuminate a favorite tree. It’s like Christmas lights, but less formal and more fun.