How to make the best of garden lighting

Garden lighting blog by Papillon
Garden lighting blog by Papillon Designs & Landscaping

How to make the best of garden lighting

We may be into the dark winter months, but with good lighting your garden can still be enjoyed. And the best garden lighting will do more than just offer a practical solution; get it right and your garden can look magical as dusk falls. While some outdoor lighting can be harsh and unnatural, here we look at how it can enhance your garden, adding beauty, warmth and atmosphere.

Have fun with your outdoor lighting:

homemade garden lights using jarsThere are so many fun ways to light up your garden, so think creatively! For instance, re-using old glass jars and bottles filled with sand, as candle holders is a simple and inexpensive technique that can look beautiful. Or consider using everyday objects in your garden, such as tin watering cans or pots, as candle holders or lanterns. Or maybe light up an old birdhouse with LED tealights? Also, don’t be afraid to mix-and-match and add variety to your lighting.  So, put your own personal style into it and give your garden lighting some character.

Consider colour and shade:

Pristine white lights are classic and elegant. Garden lighting by PapillonRed and orange hues are warming, and their glow will create a cosy atmosphere. Blue shades, on the other hand, will make outdoor spaces look modern and cool. An eclectic mix of colours will add charm and fun. Whatever colours you choose, it is best to keep the lights soft for a cosy and warming atmosphere. 

 

Ornaments by day, elegant lighting by night:

Stone globe lightsSome of the best outdoor lighting will also look great in your garden during the day. For instance,  stone globe lights or the Foscarini Gregg Lamps, work as elegant ornaments in your garden, but become beautiful lights come nightfall. Likewise, the Paloma Illuminated bird, is a fun and stylish ornamental piece that looks beautiful day or night.

 

Paloma light and chair lighting

Add warmth and atmosphere with table fires or Cor-ten fire bowls:  

Nothing creates atmosphere in an outdoor space quite like an open fire.
Muztag’s elegant table fires are a dramatic way to lighten your gardeMuztag table firen, and will provide warmth on chilly winter evenings. Likewise, a Cor-ten fire bowl will become a natural centre-piece wherever they’re used. We particularly love Dutch company, Adezz, who make beautiful fire-pits and bowls. Add some stylish outdoor furniture, such as Serralunga’s Sirchester sofa and chairs, to create a beautiful and cosy outdoor haven.    

Where to position your outdoor lighting?

Lightening on decking and seatingAs well as thinking about the various lighting options available, it’s important to consider where to place outdoor lighting too. For instance, if your house has good views over your garden, then you can enjoy looking out onto it on winter evenings, so position your lighting to show it off well. Not only will it be a nice backdrop to look out upon, but a well-lit garden can make your indoor space feel bigger too.

Consider practical and safety benefits also, such as lighting up driveways (see below), paths and steps. Here, LED lights are particularly effective and attractive.
Remember too, when positioning lights, that we’re looking to add beauty and atmosphere to our gardens. So, think about what you’re lighting up; maybe illuminating a lovely tree, or an attractive planter or just your favourite corner of the garden? Also consider placing lights amongst trees and bushes, as this will soften the light and give a more natural look.

 

We hope that this has given you some helpful hints on how best to brighten up your garden. The best outdoor garden lighting can really enhance an outdoor space, so get it right and enjoy your garden this winter!