Posted by: Regent Homes, on May 8, 2013
Smart home décor doesn’t always have to be restricted to the interior of a home. A few well placed outdoor lights will help you show off your home’s character at night. Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to make the exterior of a home look sophisticated without spending a bunch of your hard- earned money. Here is what you can do to make your home stand out in the dark:
Keep It Simple
The aim of outdoor lighting isn’t to draw a crowd, but to create a sophisticated ambiance surrounding your home. The best way to create this effect is to install incandescent, can lighting under the overhangs of your porch. The lighting should be dimmed and subdued, giving off an ambient and relaxing glow. Angle a light in your landscaping which shines softly on the home. With outdoor lighting, the rule of thumb is: soft and ambient, not loud and blinding.
If you’re a bit on the bold or eclectic side, consider implementing a colored lighting scheme for your outdoor space. Colored lights provide a great way to add a more festive, lively feel to your home. When implementing a colored lighting scheme, it’s important to note that colored lights should only be used to accentuate features. Simply flooding your home with brightly colored lights will make your home feel more like a carnival than a sophisticated place. To keep it classy, focus your lighting on your landscaping, or a unique piece of woodwork or brickwork like columns or a chimney.
If you host a lot of backyard barbeques that tend to go late into the summer nights, you should consider creative options for environment lighting. Investing in lanterns and large-bulb light strands will create a festive environment that encourages people to stick around until you kick them out. Consider a few can lights placed at the corners of your patio, or – for larger yards – consider adding a few soft lights around a fire pit.
Outdoor lighting is a great way to add a sophisticated, unique touch to the exterior of your home without spending a bunch of money. Remember to keep it simple in the front yard, and add a bit more variety in the backyard for those late-night summer hang outs.
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