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.
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.
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.