Summer is here, and with it come the parties you will most certainly be hosting in your very own backyard. If you have the funds to spare, it won’t hurt to liven up your outdoor space, especially through the use of lighting fixtures. Aside from aesthetic reasons, the extra illumination will allow your guests to safely navigate the exterior as well as discourage would-be intruders from trespassing on your property.
It always helps to stay trendy in everything, even outdoor lighting. To that end, Canadian Home Trends Magazine editor Crystal Shore shares the hottest choices for the 2014 summer season, starting with outdoor chandeliers:
Statement lighting is no longer just for interiors! Bold, beautiful chandeliers turn outdoor living areas into classy designer spaces! Outdoor chandeliers provide both light and style for front entrances, covered porches, sunrooms, balconies and gazebos.
Electric chandeliers are a good choice if you expect your gazebo to see frequent use, though doing so will be fairly pricey and will require you to have it outfitted with the right wiring. For more cost-effective choices, Hamilton landscaping experts will recommend candle chandeliers for some old-school charm. Solar chandeliers that absorb sunlight during the day for use at night are another viable option.
Fourth on Shore’s list are nature-inspired lighting fixtures; after all, if you’re going for outdoor lighting, you might as well make sure they match their surroundings. Shore advises going for fixtures rendered in earthy and woody tones (like brown and lime). It also helps design-wise if the fixtures take their cues from leaves, twigs, tree branches, and even animals.
Lastly, more adventurous homeowners can go for novelty lighting options. Lava lamps, for one, come in all kinds of colours and are always a joy to watch, especially when lending their light outdoors. There are also natural crystal salt lamps that, when lit (and sprinkled with your favourite aromatic oil beforehand) can lend their fragrance to the surrounding era and make for a truly relaxing setting.
There are many more ways for you to spice up your backyard with the right kind of outdoor lighting, in summer or not. Count on experts from Hamilton landscaping companies like Green Collar Landscaping to see you through, and your home’s exterior will be looking trendy all year round.
(Article and Image Excerpt from “This Summer’s Hottest Outdoor Lighting Trends”, Canadian Home Trends, June 27, 2014)