For a multifunctional outdoor living room that would serve as a family gathering space and a meeting area for the owners’ clients and colleagues, landscape architect Mark Tessier created an accordingly varied lighting scheme. Traditional outdoor lighting illuminates the area without making a statement, while style enters from above and below, via a flickering fire pit and paper lanterns of various sizes hung randomly throughout the space. “After dusk, these lights cast a warm, inviting glow festive for simple or elegant gatherings any time of the year,” says Tessier.
A slanted wood roof supported by columns stretches over a section of this gray stone patio before it opens up fully to the outdoors. Lantern-like sconces are mounted to the columns, adding a lovely yellow light throughout the space. Natural wood benches provide seating with the exterior wall of the home serving as a backrest.
Mount solar lanterns on posts to add ambience and style to your outdoors. The Pagoda solar LED light fixture is made of rust-resistant cast aluminum and beveled glass. The lantern, made by Gama Sonic, is sold through retailers such as Overstock.com.
The outdoor lounge, complete with a pair of chaises, umbrella and lanterns, brings a resort-like feel to the residence. With stunning beach and ocean views, it's the ultimate place to be to relax and unwind.
Exposed beams decorate the ceiling of this covered patio. The open sides keep the space connected to the outdoors and provide a gorgeous view of the modern tropical pool deck. Neutral fabric fits seamlessly over the chairs lining the long dining table. Metal lanterns and an overhead light fixture add a touch of shine.
This Asian-themed outdoor living area mixes simple and traditional styles with modern technology, featuring a glass-enclosed fireplace and an outdoor television. Two sofas face one another across a low coffee table among various potted plants and lantern-inspired lighting.
Black metal outdoor sconces and plants in bright red pots bring a hint of updated design to the original stone and wood of this front porch, while rocking chairs welcome family and friends to sit and enjoy the view.
A round dining table offers space for additional guests and takes advantage of a covered area of the patio -- a perfect dining spot, even in the event of rain. A large lantern-style pendant light fits with the era of the home and matches sconce lighting near the exterior doors.
Steel, limestone, wood and concrete mingle on this exterior for a textural, contemporary look. A black framed French door with sidelights and a transom window makes up the front entrance. Modern lantern sconces flank the front door.
Midcentury modern furniture pairs with Cape Cod-style architecture to create this stylish yet classic outdoor living space. A bold red-orange lantern adds a vibrant splash of color and personality to the space.
Layers of light are as important to designing a welcoming outdoor living area as they are to indoor spaces. So, just as you might include recessed overhead lights, lamps and wall sconces in your living room, outdoors you can plan to brighten walls, landscaping elements and even overhead. In this project, landscape architect June Scott installed small directional lights in a large tree to create what she calls a “moonlight” effect. Additional fixtures graze the walls, “creating shimmering patterns.” She supplemented with candle lanterns around the perimeter — an easy and affordable option that works in any space, no wiring required.