This is the second in a series of summer posts to help you create an outdoor “room” in your backyard – or front or side or wherever you have a good space.
Several weeks ago, we looked at adding privacy to your outdoor room.
Today, we’ll think about ways to add some ambient light to your space. We’re not talking about big flood lights here or expensive outdoor lighting schemes.
We’re talking about dropping in some candles, some party lights, some romantic glow for those special evenings in the yard.
Of course, candles are the natural choice.
When I’m having an evening party, I love to create several candeliers – a sort of chandelier but with candles. There are lots of easy ways to make pretty ones. I found the example above at Sunset magazine,
All you do is choose a metal basket with handle, add some jars with candles and wire on some pretty crystals. You could hang this candelier from a tree, a plant stand or a plant hook attached to a fence. It’s so easy and pretty.
But there are other ways to use candles too – and you can rarely have too many. Check out another photo (below) from Sunset magazine. Some are hanging, others are on stands and some are on the table.
Another option is to set out luminaries, which are just beautiful. They’re used most often at Christmas, but they look fantastic anytime. Check out the HGTV photo below in which the designer made luminaries from all types of items, including Chinese food boxes!
You can also add candles to window boxes – with flowers or without – and hang simple jars with candles from tree branches and umbrellas. (Photos below are from BHG on the left and MyHomeIdeas.com on the right.)
So enough about candles… Simple strings of lights can really define an outdoor space and give it a real party feel. Check out the way this patio looks with several strings of lights across it.
I love torches as well – not just tiki torches but also the large citronella torch candles like the ones below right. They’re $11.43 from Amazon. The four-pack of blue glass torches are $19 from Amazon. Anytime we’re eating outside as it’s getting dark, I stick a bunch of these citronella torches in the ground and light them up. They look fantastic.
Of course, you can always add some solar lights too. Frankly, I don't think most put out as much light as candles. But, there are some cool options.
I love the solar pendants below, all from IKEA. They're $19.99 each and come in several colors. But remember, these would truly just be the "ambient" light we talked about above. You're not going to light up your patio with these!