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Lighting ideas for outdoor gardens, terraces and porches

On a property, the exterior areas are just as important as the ones inside. In fact, they play a very important role in defining your residence. They’re what everyone sees from the outside and they create a first impression that can either be positive or negative. Of course, the most important benefits are for the inhabitants.

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Having dinner outside or simply having a place to gather with friends in and to enjoy the weather, the landscape and the fresh air is incomparable. But you also have to know how to decorate these spaces. The lighting is very important and can have a big impact on the whole décor.

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An outdoor living space, for example, doesn’t need much light. A few lights on the deck stairs would be enough to set a pleasant and intimate mood. They’re subtle but strong enough to provide plenty of artificial light.

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Another subtle way of illuminating the outdoor spaces is with the help of LED lights. This deck and balcony is actually quite bright but the light is subtle and doesn’t strike the eye. It just highlights everything and sets the mood.

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For some extra light you can also add a few floor lamps. For example, this beautiful terrace features subtle floor lights but there are also a few additional floor lamps there, in case some more light is needed. Even so, the décor remains minimalist.

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A lighted ceiling can also be a great option. In fact, the lights in the ceiling may actually be more subtle than the ones in the floor since you don’t usually raise your eyes so high. It’s an option suitable for covered porches and decks.

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These flush mounted deck lights follow the path of the railway and provide a symmetrical line and a highlight of the shape of the deck. They’re enough to set the mood and to provide light for security reasons. Since the deck is not furnished, It’s a very practical lighting system.

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To highlight the design of this sculptural roof deck, linear light boxes were integrated into the design itself. The deck has wonderful lighting for the night time. And since the residence also features beautiful, panoramic views of the surroundings, the mood is perfect to admire them at night.

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This is another beautiful example of a deck with built-in floor lights that are used simply to set an intimate mood but that are complemented by stronger lights that provide a very strong focal point and that provide enough light for both the outdoor living area and dining space.

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This is a deck with alternate lights and with an all-wood structure. The raised platforms provided the perfect opportunity to use built-in lights. Also, because of the natural warmth of the wood and its texture, the light emanated is soft and pleasant.

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This is a more artistic lighting solution. This wonderful roof terrace has panoramic views over the city and surrounding landscape and it’s been framed by a strip of vegetation with trees and plants. The light comes from this portion and from the base of the trees and vegetation.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

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Posted in Outdoor on October 10, 2012

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Simona Ganea
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