Enjoying the outdoors with friends and family is always enjoyable amidst sunlight and warmer weather. When the evening time draws near, you still want your guests to enjoy themselves and keep them safe at the same time. Illuminating your outdoor entertaining areas creates an ambiance amongst your outdoor space and keeps your outdoor activities going until you want them to end. Here are ideas for illuminating your outdoor leisure areas and keeping your guests happy and safe at the same time.
Choose lighting for specific entertaining areas
When choosing lighting, define what areas are for leisure, eating, and general congregating of guests. In areas of leisure, such as lounge chairs, soft lighting can include outdoor table or floor lamps, or even candlelight lanterns can look beautiful adorned besides lounging and relaxing areas. For eating areas, consider lighting individual tables as well as around the serving areas with tiki torches, tree hung lanterns, and floor mounted lamps that give the feeling of an outdoor room. To illuminate your entire outdoor space, consider using string lighting similar to Christmas lights! You will be surprised what gorgeous glow stringed lights can provide hung from trees, and even from table umbrellas.
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Create an ambiance
While we know lighting is for utilitarian purposes, it can also double for creating an ambiance that can’t be mimicked in the daytime. Consider using fire pits, chimneys and/or outdoor fireplaces to bring about warmth and light! All of these are wonderful additions to your outdoor entertaining space, as often the night air brings a chill. Focus seating around these amenities to naturally bring guests together, and to illuminate the immediate area with the soft glow of a fire. Strategically placed candles around your entertaining area can carry the theme throughout your outdoor home and help guests feel welcomed.
Illuminating your outdoor home is an easy way to create an entertaining ambiance and to safely bring light to your porch, garden or lanai. For special occasions or holidays, don’t be afraid to bring themed lanterns, sparklers or party lights. The more versatile you can make your outdoor home, the more enjoyment you and your family will get from it! Enjoy your lighting up your outdoor entertaining areas.
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