Set the Scene for Outdoor Entertaining with Lighting

More and more homeowners are looking to their outdoor living areas as key spaces to rest, relax, and entertain. Top priorities in design include style, comfort, and beauty – all of which are important factors when creating an outdoor scene where friends and family will feel welcomed and at ease.

A recent survey conducted by the leading interior design platform, Houzz, reported that 45 percent of homeowners listed “outdoor living” as the most valued aspect of their exterior design, while 48 percent listed “outdoor entertainment” as the most valued function of exterior areas.

Updating your lighting can greatly enhance decorative appeal, create ambiance, and increase comfort – all while adding to a relaxing and enjoyable space that is ideal for hosting others.

Blurring interior and exterior lines

The popularity of outdoor kitchens and living areas confirms that people want to do the things they love, like cooking and entertaining, while enjoying the beauty and comfort of their backyard environment. Whether it’s fireplaces, televisions or sofas, bringing favorite elements from the inside of your home – outside – can add to the satisfaction of the outdoors. The same goes with lighting; Incorporating unexpected decorative fixtures typically found indoors – such as a chandelier or a beautiful wall sconce – creates harmony when combining interior and exterior styles.

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Ridgecrest – Highlands East at Baker Ranch featuring Jack wall lantern

Create warmth with lanterns

There’s nothing quite like the soft, warm glow of outdoor lanterns. Whether it’s an oversized gas lantern sitting poolside or a row of hanging lanterns diffused by etched glass – the beauty is instantaneous. Hang clear glass fixtures from a pergola or overhang to illuminate an eating area or cozy sitting space.

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Portifino – Toll Brothers at Hidden Canyon featuring Compel lanterns

Easy ambiance

When short on time, candles, string lights and paper lanterns can be quick additions that have a big impact. Outlining your exterior areas with DIY lighting projects will encourage guests to mingle outdoors and stick around long after sundown.

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Ridgecrest – Highlands East at Baker Ranch

Light the landscape

Illuminate your garden and key focal points with landscape lights to add beauty and functionality to outdoor areas. Path lights enhance safety by brightening walkways and stairways to prevent accidents after nightfall. Landscape lights not only highlight the beauty of your grounds, but also make enjoy the scenery too.

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Montilla – The Reserve at Tranquil Trail

 

This post was contributed by Toll Brothers partner and leading lighting manufacturer Progress Lighting. For more lighting ideas, tips and inspiration, visit ProgressLighting.com.

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