Anyone else been spending more time in the garden recently? All this sunshine we’ve been lucky enough to have, has made such a difference. Last Sunday I finished off a section of a flower bed that I’ve been wanting to fill for ages. Lots of things like foxgloves, hollyhocks and lupins, so hopefully come July and August we’ll have some colour on that side of the garden. I’ll share how it looks in a few weeks, if you are interested?
One thing my garden is still lacking in (and there are a few tweaks we still need to make) is lighting. So that’s why I’ve been pursuing the internet today, looking for some examples of beautiful lighting that will extend the use of your garden in the evening, or highlight areas you want to be seen as the light dims. It’s so important to layer the lighting in your garden, so choose lighting that are from the three main forms – ambient (general lighting) task and accent so keep this in mind when you are making your choices.
It’s important to put thought into the style of lighting that you choose. Do you want it to be a visual extension of the type of interior that you have? Or are you wanting to use the garden furniture that you have, as the starting point of the style you want to go for? The good thing with modern lighting is that its simple lines blend easily with lots of different styles. So for me, it’s the one I am most drawn to.
I spotted the fab stylised solar lamp shaped ones you can see above from Lights. Who have a great selection of both indoor and outdoor lighting. A vast array of terrace, patio, floor and even pond lighting. The lamp style ones you can see above are a favourite of mine that they sell. I love that you can get them in different sizes, and grouped together they really do look effective.
Moroccan Style Lighting
If you don’t want the modern sleek look for the lighting for your garden, how about these more Moroccan style lights? Perfect to have around outdoor seating areas to add a soft warm glow in the evening. They look equally attractive in the day, as well as shining interesting light patterns as the light filters through the filigree shapes on the lanterns in the evening.
Dual Purpose Lighting
Ok, how about this side table, that is dual purpose? It’s very similar to something I have in our living room, but ours is a cube shape rather than round. Now I’ve seen this one, I’m thinking I will use it in the summer-house this year. I really love the idea of some lighting being dual purpose. We are all short on storage, so it’s a great idea to combine those two things. The added bonus that you are sure to not make a mistake whilst putting your drink down, is fab too!
So those are some my top picks for outdoor lighting this year, do you have any others to add?