Often times, we landscape or design our backyards to look fantastic in the daytime. However, we may sometimes neglect an integral part of the backyard setup – how it looks at night! Since we are in the midst of winter and currently encountering short days and long nights, there is no better time than now to embrace the dark with your backyard setup. In this article, we will school you through a few ways in which you can really get adventurous with the ambiance of your backyard even when the sunshine seems to have taken a hiatus, so read on to find out more!
1. Baby Baby Baby, Light My Way
In an ode to that wonderful U2 classic “Light My Way”, one of the best ways you can embrace the dark with your backyard setup is to get creative with lighting. Do you have a pool in your backyard? Why not ensure it is well lit so that you can entertain or throw a pool party out at the back of your house even when the sun sets?
Some other great ideas that will really accentuate your backyard are the introduction of inexpensive fairy lights and lanterns into your decor. Alternatively, if you are looking for a more refined and sleek look, you may want to look into one of the most popular options these – Havit lighting. Regardless of what you choose, lighting is stepped one when it comes to embracing the darkness!
2. Illuminated Planters
Chances are that you are going to have a wide variety of plants in your backyard. If this is the case, why not ensure that your plants are also doubling up as lighting? Opt for illuminated planters to settle your plants is – not only do they look absolutely stunning, they serve the purpose of housing your plants!
Most illuminated planters run on solar power, so you won’t have to worry about adding a hefty chunk to your electricity bill. Available in a range of funky shapes and colors, you’ll be left wondering why you never incorporated illuminated planters into your backyard design sooner!
3. Don’t Forget Those Pathways
Whilst illuminated planters and accent lights are noticeable and obvious light sources in the backyard, always make sure that you pay attention to lighting pathways, walkways and stairs as well. The last thing you want is for someone to trip and fall in the dark at a family gathering, so for the sake of safety, path lighting is crucial.
You can breathe easy knowing that no one is going to get hurt at your next backyard gathering because everyone will be able to see where they are going! Not only will these lights put an accent on safety, they’ll add even more beauty and style to your nighttime backyard space. A win-win situation, we’d say!
4. Make Your Furniture Glow!
We don’t mean slathering your outdoor furniture in glow in the dark paint – we mean installing patio table umbrella lighting to your backyard deck! Lighting shouldn’t stop at pathways or planters – why not fancy your outdoor furniture up with some simple string lights to soften the entire look of your backyard and bring a touch of magic to your space?
You can even attach string lights to trees, creating an instant touch of enchantment to your backyard. The great news is that string lights are extremely inexpensive, available at most hardware stores are even available in battery operated variations should you not have a power outlet in your backyard. Whatever your needs, you’ll be covered!
We hope that this article has given you some inspiration when it comes to embracing the dark with your backyard setup. With some inexpensive purchases and creativity, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this sooner!