With summer on the way, now’s a good time to think about whether your garden is ready for entertaining. There’s nothing like spending the long summer evenings outside with friends, especially if you’ve equipped the space with heaters and lighting so people can stay as long as they like. And if you really want to make a talking point, get creative with your lighting – just like with interiors, the way you illuminate your garden can dramatically affect its appearance.
Whether you want to draw attention to points of interest, like a water feature or path, or create a subtly magical effect as the sun goes down, it’s all about how you light it. In the planning stage, use a few torches to get a feel for where you want to draw the eye, and remember that less is more: rather than floodlighting your entire garden, you want to create a contrast with darker areas.
Use a permanent spot light to illuminate the main seating area, then place small fairy or tiki lights here and there – hanging from trees, or dotted along the borders of a path – to brighten up the rest of your garden. If you have a wooden deck in your garden, consider adding deck lighting to it for a subtle and attractive way to illuminate the space.
You have a huge selection of options at your disposal, as you can see by browsing the range of outdoor lighting from Wayfair, so take the time to select lights that best match your space. Be as creative as you want – there are some amazing and innovative ways to light up a pond or fountain, like glowing “lily pads” and luminous balls that float on the water.
Solar lighting is another option to consider: it’s free to run and requires no installation or wiring, but tends to be less bright than standard electric lights, particularly if you haven’t had much sun that day. A mixture of solar and standard lighting works well if you use mains power for permanent lighting and solar for occasional spots.