According to our partners at Progress Lighting, simple outdoor lighting techniques can make your home and yard look great and offer functional features during the holidays – and all year long.
Outdoor lighting is one of the most important elements of your home’s design. Even with beautiful landscaping and sophisticated architecture, the right lighting can really highlight, enhance, and bring these elements to life.
If you are considering ways to beautify the exterior of your home this holiday season, here are a few tips to get you started:
Develop a lighting plan
Before considering the desired style of your outdoor lighting, create a plan or diagram. Determine spacing and configuration to ensure you account for all necessary fixtures to adequately light exterior areas.
Lighting along paths and driveways enhances the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents in the dark.
Here are a few tips for path lighting:
- Position lights on alternate sides for even illumination.
- Define edges by positioning lights about one foot from them or both sides of the path.
- Position lights to avoid shadows when used near steps, as well as away from plants so they don’t interfere with light distribution.
Add statement decorative fixtures
Hang a large lantern above your front door, or position a post lantern at the front of your walkway. These fixtures can be functional, yet decorative, pieces that serve as an attractive focal point. Fixtures with a sculptured, linear profile offer a simple, yet elegant style for today’s homes, while making a creative statement.
For more curb appeal ideas, please visit Toll Brothers’ Curb Appeal board on Pinterest.
Toll Brothers’ partner Progress Lighting contributed to this story.