String lights are taking over backyards. These simple lights bring cosmopolitan chic to any yard, transforming simple spaces into courtyard cafés.
But maybe you feel like we’ve already played out the string, so to speak. Whether you’re supplementing your string lights or looking for an alternative, we have a few other interesting ideas for illuminating your backyard that will add charm without adding too much to the electric bill.
Install Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting is a smart way to illuminate your backyard’s features, such as your garden paths, water features, and patio. These low-elevation, low-wattage lights accentuate the natural beauty of your backyard without overwhelming it. You can choose from different types of landscape lighting, such as solar lights or low-voltage electric lights. Alternatively, you can enlist the help of a professional landscaper or outdoor lighting designer to create a custom lighting plan for your yard.
Illuminate Your Water Features
Water features are a beautiful addition to any backyard, and you can further enhance them with proper lighting. You can install underwater lighting to highlight fountains and waterfalls. These lights will give your backyard a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that you can enjoy even after dark. Do you have a swimming pool? This can be the greatest water feature of all. Creative pool lighting has been an ascendant trend—take advantage of it!
Use Candle Lanterns
Candle lanterns are a romantic and elegant way to light up your backyard. You can hang these lanterns from trees or place them on tables for an intimate and cozy ambience. You can choose from different styles of lanterns, from rustic to modern, depending on your preference. For an extra touch, use scented candles that complement the smells of your garden, such as lavender or rose.
Add Fire Features
In a way, we’re covering the four classical elements: earth through landscape lighting, water by way of pool and fountain lights, and air via suspended lanterns. That leaves fire to complete our quartet of interesting ideas for illuminating your backyard. Fire features, such as fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, are a great way to create a cozy and intimate ambience in your backyard. You can also use these features for cooking meals and roasting marshmallows. You can install permanent fire features or opt for lightweight, portable models that you can move around the yard as needed. Add some comfortable outdoor furniture for a complete backyard entertainment setup.
Lighting up your backyard doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. By considering some of the ideas in this article, you can transform your backyard into a beautiful and functional outdoor living space that, climate permitting, you can enjoy all year round. Experiment with different lighting techniques until you find the perfect combination that works for you.