Add a light fixture over an outdoor dining area, whether it’s completely covered or underneath a pergola. Nievera Williams Design designed the pergola, which is covered in low water bougainvillea, in this Palm Beach, Fla., yard that won a Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award.
Decorative lanterns, vintage or new, are one of the easiest and most attractive ways to add lighting to an outdoor space. Cluster them on the dining table, group them at points around the edges of the space or line them up on a wall — the options are many and varied. You can use real wax candles or outdoor LED “candles.” The San Nicola Lantern shown here, $99, from Grandin Road, comes with three battery-operated flameless candles.
A stunning patio beneath a gorgeous wooden pergola gives this backyard luxurious appeal. Several seating zones offer areas for eating, sitting with friends and family, or just enjoying the view. Perfectly spaced lanterns assure the fun can continue into the night.
Try adding a few of these weatherproof lanterns to small crooks along the walkway. To make, coat the inside of a canning jelly jar with mod podge and cover with glitter. Allow it to dry. Add a small strand of battery powered lights, then tuck ribbon under the lid and screw the lid on tight.
Six lanterns ensure that this outdoor space is just as alluring at night. Once the sun goes down, the lights cast a warm glow on the water that allows the owners to see without interrupting their stargazing.
String up lights and lanterns around your outdoor space to give an enchanting twinkle to any garden party. The soft glow will invite everyone to linger outside in the nighttime summer air. Line lanterns and smaller string lights around your seating area, and hang a few off tree branches for a touch of ambiance.
By reducing some of the clutter and toning down the colors, this dining room went from chaotic to full of character. Key pieces like the Cantonese figures and the oriental rug remain from the original design while new lighting, a distressed table and linen chairs give it a more transitional feel.
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.
Solar lighting comes in all forms, including scones for the outdoors. The Starlite solar lantern, sold through retailers such as Hayneedle, is made of powder-coated, die-cast aluminum. The LED light resembles candlelight as it flickers through the glass.
Bluestone patio, a cedar roof structure, and all natural veneer and wall stone create an elegant, contemporary outdoor living and dining space with a rustic charm. A long light fixture compliments the long wooden dining table. Wood chairs with neutral seat cushions line the table and a trio of lanterns create a simple centerpiece decor.
Wisteria travels up the brick columns and frames the roof peak of this garden pavilion giving a beautiful fairytale feel to the sunny space. Dark copper lanterns are mounted on the pavilion to provide nighttime lighting without breaking the image of the design. Wrought iron furniture creates a lovely outdoor sitting and dining space.
If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers' heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn't have outdoor electrical outlets.