The best backyard entertaining spaces all have one thing in common, LIGHTING! Intentional lighting placement is the key to elevating your dream backyard with minimal effort! Lighting a backyard is often the last thing that comes to mind when building a deck, often regarded as an accessory rather than a necessity – this could not be farther from the truth!
Why Lighting is Important
Adding strategically placed lights around the backyard or deck area can elevate any space and provide an inviting atmosphere at night. Light features are not just for aesthetic purposes; additionally, they give homeowners a sense of safety. A well-lit backyard can provide additional security by discouraging theft and crime by having the backyard well-lit when it gets dark.
What to Consider When Thinking About Deck Design:
Choosing the right lighting features for a backyard can be overwhelming. These three questions can help narrow down the decision.
- Placement: do you want lighting around the stairs, deck, or pathways into the backyard?
- Purpose: Is the backyard for entertaining or for practical use?
- Focal Point: is there something you want to highlight (fireplace, BBQ area, sitting area)?
After deciding where to place the lights, there are still numerous lighting designs. Here are a few options that can help point you in the right direction when designing a backyard space.