The easiest way to add ambience and character to your garden is through lighting. The right lighting can act similarly to how a bonfire or fire pit creates a comfortable area to gather round. There are plenty of outdoor lighting ideas out there. So, we’ve whittled them down to our top eight to help you out. With the help of these outdoor lighting ideas, your garden will really come into its own as soon as the sun sets.
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Modern wall lighting
Another example of interior design transitioning outside is Barber Osgerby’s Bellhop Outdoor Wall Light. We love how this bell-shaped light casts a warm halo of light on surrounding walls. You can create a similar look using any light with a shade that directs light towards the wall. However, the Bellhop is one of our top outdoor lighting ideas thanks to its modern metal finishes and distinctive shape.
Outdoor floor lamp
An outdoor floor lamp might be something you’ve never considered before but it’s worth taking a look. In fact, external floor lamps are one of our favourite outdoor lighting ideas because it steps outside the box. Plus, we love how a floor lamp lends an inside-out edge to your garden scheme. Most of these designs also look great inside, so you can move them indoors when colder, wetter months arrive.
Take the icons outside
Adding outdoor wall lighting involves slightly more effort than adding a floor or table lamp as an electrician is needed. Saying that, we think it’s well worth it. There are plenty of modern outdoor wall lighting ideas, but we love this IC W2 Outdoor Wall Light by Michael Anastassiades. Position them along a wall to illuminate a path or flank the front door with them for a stylish welcome.
Portable outdoor lighting ideas
If you’re missing an outdoor power source or are looking for something more flexible, we reckon portable lighting is the solution. As you can see from this portable edition of Verner Panton’s Panthella Lamp, you can still have iconic design outdoors. There are many portable lights out there, shop around to find one with good battery life and a bold design. Remember to bring portable lights inside at night.
Outdoor wall feature
A wall light is a clever way to create a bold lighting feature. This may involve arranging a few in a cluster to create a striking centrepiece to the front of your home. Or you could use them to add a soft glow to an outside seating area. The best bit? Discreet lights like this also look sophisticated and subtle during the day. We love the way the Camouflage Wall Light from Flos sits flush to the wall and casts a halo of light.
Sculptural outdoor lighting ideas
Flos’ Captain Flint is yet another outdoor floor lamp to make it to our list. That’s because its sculptural shape and modern materials bring real edge to a garden. When positioned outside its conical shade looks like a modern streetlight. It works particularly well on compact balconies or in small gardens as it requires relatively little space. In larger gardens why not use it to illuminate architectural features or pathways?
Innovative outdoor lighting
Adding festoon lights to your garden has never been easier with this innovative solution from Vincent Sheppard. Light My Table is cleverly fixed onto your table to illuminate al fresco meals and drinks. Since they don’t need to be attached to the wall, this is a relatively easy outdoor lighting idea. You can create a similar look using fairy lights or festoons, but these may require slightly more effort to fit.
Outdoor Table Lamps
If you’re looking to illuminate a garden lounge area, an outdoor table lamp is a great choice. Ethereal, orb-like designs like this lamp from Ligne Roset bring added atmosphere to your garden. An important thing to note is that for outdoor lighting ideas like these you’ll need an external plug. If you don’t have an outside power source, perhaps consider a portable lamp or enlisting the help of an electrician.