Ready to make your small deck or balcony come alive?! There are some great lighting options for you. First, if you want hanging patio lights consider medium to smaller sized bulbs. These bulbs won't overpower your space and they come in a variety of shapes and colors.
Balconies and decks also have the added benefit of railing, which is great for wrapping garland lights or smaller string lights for a little added flare. Garland lights are densely interwoven strands of smaller string mini lights and they look great in swag patterns or for broders.
Garland lights have many purposes and during the holidays it is common to see them bordering doors or windows. But, during the spring or summer months (or for special events and parties) they are a hidden secret that savvy decorators and DIY'ers can use year round.
Gazebo and Arbor Lighting
Often outfitted with greenery, vining plants or other landscaping, gazebos and arbors look magical when they are lit up. Popular light types for these spaces include mini lights, trunk or column wrap lights, and icicle lights, which can be hung from gazebo rafters. If overall heat is a concern (think hot summer nights) consider going all LED which emit almost no heat. White/clear lights are popular year round for weddings, Christmas and overall spring and summer lighting.
Courtyards, Atriums or Indoor/Outdoor Room Lighting
Courtyards and atriums often have walls on three or four sides, which means you have the distinct opportunity to cast light halos on your walls. A light halo cast on a wall can provide a gorgeous symphony of patterns and there are many bulbs that cast different patterns based on their shape, style and filament type.
Consider bulbs with incandescent or LED filaments as a first step. These bulbs uniquely cast patterns with more intricacy and it will give your walls a subtle ballet of light.
Lastly, similar to gazebos spaces, if your your atrium, courtyard or indoor/outdoor room needs a little flare but you don't want it to be an oven, go LED and you won't have any light heat to worry about.
Gardens, Flower Beds or Walkways
The word garden can be interpreted differently so in this case we're not talking about where your tomatoes are planted! These are outdoor spaces like flower gardens, plantscapes or landscaped spaces with walkways and sitting areas.
Depending on the size of your space, patio and string lighting options would be very similar to those in the backyard and patio space listed above. Another option unique to this space is rope lights, tape lights or pathway string lights used to accent borders, rock walls and other landscape contours. These lights tend to be very low to the ground and are a great way to highlight your plants and natural landscape shapes.
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