Thursday, December 12, 2013
By MELISSA RAYWORTH/The Associated Press
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This outdoor living room by Brian Patrick Flynn is arranged around an outdoor chandelier. Flynn often uses chandeliers in covered outdoor spaces to give them the feel of a homey, indoor room.
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Light-up plastic planters illuminate the outdoors.
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No matter which style of light you choose, Andrews says, add dimmers to your outdoor light switches. "Everything in the world," he says, "needs to be on a dimmer."
GO BEYOND YOUR DECK OR PATIO
Don't forget to light the far reaches of your yard, Lambton says. It will make your property feel bigger and banish the feeling of being enveloped by darkness when you entertain outside.
It costs little to place a few small, solar-powered lights at the bases of trees and shrubs. He also suggests attaching a few to tree branches. "And I love to uplight ornamental grasses," Lambton says. "It adds nice depth to the yard."
DON'T FORGET THE FIRE
Fire pits of all sizes -- from huge outdoor fireplaces to small tabletop containers -- provide golden, flickering light for your outdoor space.
Display a collection of pillar candles in varying sizes (battery-powered or real), either clustered on their own or tucked inside large, glass lanterns to "add a bit of sparkle" to your yard, Andrews says.
Or create an outdoor chandelier with candles: "I tend to try my hand at rustic do-it-yourself ideas," Flynn says. "In my own outdoor dining room, I suspended a candelabra made from reclaimed pine planks, rope, mason jars and tea lights above the dining table. When my family comes over for pizza night, it creates the perfect ambience."
COMBINE SAFETY AND BEAUTY
Home improvement stores and websites offer a huge array of options for lighting outdoor pathways and deck stairs, adding beauty while making your space safer.
And what about the safety of leaving lighting out in all weather? If it's outdoor-rated, Andrews says, it should be fine. But keep your climate in mind.
Flynn prefers not to leave "most lighting sources out year-round unless an outdoor space is covered," he says. "The only type of lighting I'm worry-free about for the outdoors is festival-style string lights. They're pretty much the same thing as holiday twinkle lights. My favorite styles are strands with mini-lanterns; they really help light the perimeter of a space.