Perfecting Your Garden Ambience
Who doesn’t love entertaining, pottering, or simply relaxing in the garden? A well-planned garden or outdoor area can be the perfect extension to your home on those warm evenings or cozied in front of a burner when it is not so warm. When the sun goes down, the correct outdoor lighting can transform your garden or patio into a magical haven. With a focus on outdoor living spaces such as decks and patios, this blog will delve into the most recent trends in garden lighting and provide imaginative ideas to turn your outside area into a compelling sanctuary.
A brief overview of Garden Lighting Trends for 2024
To add a touch of modernity to your outdoor area, be sure to explore the newest trends in garden lighting. In 2024, we will find garden lighting design focusing on technology, energy efficiency, and creative use of colour. It also takes cues from the natural world and the interplay of light to create an ambience that is both beautiful and practical.
Including smart lighting systems in your landscape lighting and outdoor space lighting designs is a fantastic way to change the look and feel of your garden with minimal effort. Control dramatic lighting scenes, change colours, and adjust mood effects simply by using your smart phone, a remote control, or even your voice. Imagine entertaining friends in your outdoor living space and being able to adjust the lighting effects to synchronise to music or set the tone of the mood. There is also an added security benefit to smart lighting that enables you to switch the lights on when you are not at home or set a schedule to control the lights.
Energy efficiency is not a new topic; it has been a serious consideration for many years and continues to be. It is good to see that many lighting companies are now embracing this and producing most of their lights with LED technology. LED is important because of its long-life span and low energy consumption, making it one of the two most effective sustainable light technologies.
The other alternative to LED is solar-powered lighting. There are many different styles and types of solar-powered lights available, including outdoor floor lamps, outdoor wall lights, and outdoor security lights. In addition to the convenience of a solar-powered lamp, you do not need external cabling, and because it utilises the sun’s energy, it is much kinder to the environment, not to mention zero energy costs.
2024 is set to see an uplift in bold and captivating landscape lighting designs, illuminating the surroundings while making an imaginative design statement.
This is not limited to landscaped areas; statement lighting is also very effective when highlighting fixtures, areas of interest, and outdoor living areas. Combining outdoor chandeliers, pendant lights, and floor lamps with cleverly lit plant pots and path lights establish an artful focal point for your garden.
In 2024, we are seeing a shift away from traditional white lighting to coloured fixtures. Colour-changing lights, or coloured lights, can be very effective in creating your desired ambience. Smart lighting can be very effective with its ability to change the colours, therefore changing the atmosphere.
Illuminating Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces have become very popular over the past few years, particularly since the COVID pandemic. Most of us love to enjoy the freedom, extended living space, and ambience of an outdoor area, whether entertaining friends or simply relaxing with a good book.
We tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the design of these areas, but sometimes we forget to include outdoor lighting in this thought process. It is important to try to incorporate this into the whole design project, particularly if you need to carry out any external wiring. So, what do we need to consider?
Illuminating your pathways is a must, particularly when your social area is not connected to the main building or if you have the need to access a different part of the garden when nature light is low, such as a BBQ area. Utilising solar-powered lights along the pathway is a flexible and energy-efficient way to do this without the need to install an exterior power source.
Entertaining or Eating Areas
Make your outdoor dining and entertaining experience more inviting with carefully considered illumination. Lanterns and outdoor floor lamps are superb for creating a cosy atmosphere in the seating areas, while pendant lights, outdoor chandeliers, and table lamps will complement the dining area. Don’t forget to think about the amount of light you have around the dining area. You need to ensure there is ample light to see what you are eating. Smart lights are a functional tool to reduce and increase brightness, meeting your requirements at any given time.
Patio or Decking Lights
Soft lighting around the edges of the patio or decking can be effective when establishing ambience, but it is also a practical means of highlighting the boundaries, particularly if the area is raised.
By carefully considering these outdoor lighting suggestions, your garden or outdoor living space may be transformed into an enchanting and welcoming sanctuary after dark. When designing an outdoor space that complements your taste and the garden's natural beauty, it's a good idea to keep an eye on garden lighting trends, try out different fixtures, and allow your imagination to run wild. As the sun goes down, your garden will become a haven of serenity, complete with outdoor living spaces bathed in the magical atmosphere of your thoughtfully placed lights. Heavenly Chandeliers has a varied range of outdoor lighting fixtures and portable lamps that will enable you to realise your desired entertaining or relaxing space. Shop outdoor lights at Heavenly Chandeliers here.