With summer in full-swing and summer nights full of fun, friends, and festivities planned, it’s important to have a well-planned outdoor space, especially the lighting aspect. Lighting provides safety for your home and your guests and also can serve as a focal point or as a way to transform your outdoor spaces after sunset. Here are 6 ways to create a cozy outdoor space using lights:
1. Use globe lights
Bring the party outside by hanging globe lights around a fire pit or bar and enjoy company without the worry of losing daylight.
You can hang globe lights in any number of ways – around posts in a square or triangular pattern or in strands to create a draped, hanging array of lights.
There are many options for globe string lights including LED globe lights, which save you money on your electric bill, are waterproof and you don’t have to worry about them overheating. Acrylic lights are also a great option for hanging lights above pools and patios because they are shatterproof and provide peace of mind that if something were to happen, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up glass.
2. Hang and hide lights
A new trend for 2018 is to hang your globe lights in a bush, tree, or hedge and then hide them to create and magical, twinkly and star-like look.
This is where LED lights are useful: cool to the touch, so you never have to worry about your lights being a fire hazard.
3. Create a bistro-like atmosphere
By planning how you want to hang your lights you can create an ideal space for entertaining your guests. There are many options for hanging lights including an array of pattern options. You can frame the perimeter of your space, add a droop for some drama or even create patterns like a carnival tent, zig-zag or an x-pattern to set the stage for your entertainment.
4. Wrap posts, pillars, or trees
Fairy lights have tiny bulbs that give off bright lights and resemble twinkling stars or fireflies, creating a whimsical feel. The wire on fairy lights are tiny so they are easily hidden to only show off the actual light.
Battery-operated lights are great for DIY projects and small spaces and give you the option of putting lights wherever you want without being constrained by outlets or extension cords.
Use plug-in lights if you want to hang or place your lights and walk away – options are available for both dimmable lights and lights with timers, so you have to luxury of just setting them and knowing they are safe!
5. Add DIY projects
Create a fun and cute décor piece for your yard with fairy lights by stringing strands through the holes of a watering can and hanging it to resemble water flowing through the can to water your garden.
Make fun centerpieces with fairy lights for a bar, an outdoor dining table, or end tables for a fun lighting effect when the sun goes down!
Bendable and waterproof wires allow for any number of projects with fairy lights without the worry of fitting them into a small space or leaving them outdoors.
Fairy lights come in an array of colors for both bulbs and wires to ensure you can achieve your desired creative look.
6. Mix light styles to create texture
Combine the sweet and whimsical look of fairy lights wrapped around your patio beams, fence posts, trees, or deck with draped globe lights for a warm and inviting space.
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