Whether you’re looking to add ambiance or to keep the party going past sundown, beautiful lighting can transform the look, feel, and functionality of your outdoor patio. Not only is a gorgeous light fixture an element of beauty in and of itself, but it also adds essential illumination that can help you get the most out of your outdoor space.
Here are five lighting options to help you illuminate and beautify your outdoor patio:
1. Exterior Lanterns
Lanterns are a wonderful way to light your patio while adding visual interest to your space.
Available in a breadth and depth of styles, designs, materials, and finishes, outdoor lanterns can be everything from classic and traditional to contemporary and chic. As such, they are ideal for complementing existing architectural details and decor — from coastal and farmhouse to rustic and industrial.
Outdoor hanging lanterns are a popular pick, as are outdoor wall lanterns. One of our favorite looks for welcoming guests to your home? A pair of gracious wall lanterns — that can be flanked on the front door.
2. Outdoor Flush Mounts
An alternative to hanging lanterns and chandeliers is outdoor flush mounts – they offer a sleek, modern aesthetic. While they’re especially ideal for patios with lower ceilings, they work well in many spaces, depending on your style and taste.
3. Wall Lighting
Hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and other hanging light fixtures make a bold impact when incorporated into your outdoor space. However, they’re not necessarily the right choice for every space. This is where more flexible wall sconces come in.
These unobtrusive wall-mounted light fixtures help maximize square footage by taking advantage of vertical space. Depending on the wall lights you choose, the number you use, and how you place them, they can serve many functions, including improving safety and security to add curb appeal.
Wall lights have tremendous potential, but how you install them makes all the difference. For example, a single exterior wall sconce may make sense in a smaller space, while a larger patio may be better served by multiple fixtures.
4. Deck Lighting
While hanging lanterns and outdoor wall sconces are guaranteed to make an impression, a comprehensive outdoor lighting plan utilizes several types of outdoor lighting. Enter deck lighting.
In addition to deck lights for flooring and stair risers, under-deck lighting and post cap lights are also popular with homeowners. Not only does deck lighting provide gentle illumination that facilitates an inviting after-dark environment, but they also improve safety and security.
5. Exterior Ceiling Fans
When it comes to multipurpose outdoor lighting, exterior ceiling fans deliver — and then some. Of course, they keep spaces cool and comfortable. However, with the addition of a lighting element, they also provide excellent ambient illumination.
The takeaway? If you’re looking for an all-in-one lighting solution for your space, an exterior ceiling fan promises to elevate and enhance any setting.
While exterior lighting is often an afterthought for homeowners, a well-executed outdoor lighting scheme incorporating everything from outdoor ceiling lights to outdoor wooden lamp posts can set the tone for your entire home.
From improving safety to adding glamour, the right outdoor light fixtures have transformative potential — and these five picks are an excellent starting point.