BC Home Show: Light up the night!
When the stars come out, you don’t have to head indoors.
With the right lighting, your backyard can become the perfect spot to entertain long after the sun goes down.
Take the same approach to lighting your exterior as you would your interior.
Combine several types — ambient, accent, task and decorative — to set an intimate or dramatic mood.
Lighting should serve both functional and aesthetic purposes — ensuring safety and beautifying your landscape.
Here are some tips from The Home Depot on how to create an enchanted outdoor space:
Spotlight please: By illuminating objects from below, such as a tree or fountain, you can create dramatic focal points. The effect you achieve depends on the angle of the light.
For instance, if you want to emphasize the texture of a tree trunk, install lights near its base. If you want to illuminate the leaves, place lighting further away. To maximize visual impact, choose only one or two focal points.
Keep it gentle: Similar to ambient light indoors, area light is general floodlighting that washes larger spaces in a soft glow.
Use it to gently illuminate sections of lawn, hedges, patios or conversation corners.
That’s entertainment: Solar lights that look like patio lanterns or are encased within stepping stones, are creative and decorative ways to light your yard for outdoor entertaining.
Consider adding lights to a patio umbrella or string fairy lights along the sides and top of your gazebo to simulate a starry night.
Time it: Low–voltage and energy–efficient lights like LEDs on a timer are a great way to illuminate your yard at night and keep costs in check.
For more outdoor lighting tips visit homedepot.ca or your local The Home Depot store.