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The last thing anyone wants is to trip and fall on dark deck stairs. Poor lighting is often the culprit, but it can be difficult to find the right lighting. Deck lighting needs to be weather proof, bright, and durable.
Homeowners need discrete, yet powerful, lights to create a safe and stylish backyard. The following step lighting options, however, will save the day.
The best lighting set up allows you to see the steps, not the fixture. The well-designed Kichler Half Moon LED Deck Light work with any space..
Add a handsome energy-efficient accent to your exterior space with this half moon style LED deck light in a rich and textured architectural bronze finish. The 3000K color temperature integrated LED array casts a wonderful warm white light that will illuminate decks, patios, boathouses and much more.
For an even more low-profile option, consider the this Louvered LED Step Light in Brushed Nickel.
Designed to exceed standards for home, commercial and industrial use, this louvered step light with a durable metal horizontal-oriented face plate is finished in gleaming brushed nickel that will withstand wet outdoor environments and look great indoors.
Its long-lasting, energy-saving LED bulb offers instant-on functionality, stable color, and production of virtually no UV or infrared radiation, which can fade indoor furnishings and art.
If you prefer to make more of a statement with your step lighting, this artistic option may be for you.
The beautiful Tannery Bronze Deck Light is also highly productive. From Kichler's outdoor lighting collection, this low voltage deck light features a hammered roof and comes in a textured tannery bronze finish.
These deck lights provide safety around steps and balcony areas as well as adding a warm and welcoming 3000K light, which emits a glow similar to an incandescent bulb. This energy-efficient deck light is for use with low voltage landscape lighting systems.
A more contemporary outdoor lighting solution comes from designer Hinkley Lighting.
A subtle, yet stylish, choice, the Luna LED Bronze Step Light is a great way to ensure proper lighting of stairs and other outdoor areas.
The inset square design is accented with a slanted, ribbed panel underneath the LED bulb, which provides light output similar to a 20 watt incandescent bulb. This dimmable light is excellent for creating the perfect mood.
With the right deck and safety-conscious step lighting, you can create a safe and stylish outdoor area. The right lighting plan can bring a yard to resort-level design. Take care to find the best lights for your space, and you’ll be rewarded with years of high-quality lighting.
Images: Euro Style Lighting
When people think of outdoor fire pits they think of quaint cabins and rustic cottages, but fire pits have evolved and now they are just as varied in design as the homes they reside in!
No matter what style your home is, you will be able to complement your decor and personal style with a modern outdoor fire pit.
A modern fire pit? It's true! These fire pits will add a sophisticated element to the outside space of your home. These fire pits burn gel fuel which burns clean, meaning there is no smoke or fumes, and you can add a glass screen that will enable you to see the fire from all angles. Since they use gel fuel to burn you can add these gorgeous crystals to the base of the fire pit to add some major glam to your outdoor space.
This look is perfect for a contemporary home, and you can add more than one fire pit to light the whole space up with a flickering and romantic glow; it will also warm up your outdoor spaces on chilly nights.
Modern wood burning outdoor fire pits are the best of both worlds. You get the classic fire pit experience with the added benefit of a lovely design element to enhance the style of your outdoor space.
Modern wood burning fire pits usually have an added design element that sets them apart from basic fire pits, such as mixed metals like copper and steel, like the fire pit as shown above. They are perfect for gathering around with friends and family to enjoy a summer evening.
Rustic fireplaces are perfect for an Arts and Crafts home or a cabin. They exude charm and classic sensibilities. This example is made of clay and has a forest animal motif around the fire pit itself. It will warm up any night and its charming exterior will add that special element to a cabin or crafts style home.
It is the perfect fire pit for family get-togethers and many wonderful family memories will be made around this perfect rustic fire pit.
Which outdoor fire pit style would you choose to enjoy this summer with?
Let's face it, anywhere you go right now flowers are blooming and everything looks gorgeous. Don't you want to feel that way when you go home? Here's some knock-out outdoor styling ideas...
Modern patio with a living wall
You may not have as much room as this large patio above, but no matter how small your outdoor space, you too can have a living wall, and I highly recommend one. Individual potting is the most efficient way to both construct and maintain, like this magnificent wall above.
The only thing that would make this patio look even better is a few pretty hanging lanterns decorating the open space above.
Modern outdoor seating in a small patio
If your space is narrow, but you want lots of plants, just select taller trees. It will keep the space more open while using vertical space.
Outdoor seating selections are key when the space is small, these stylish chairs above are perfect for a minimal design.
Outdoor rugs on a modern patio
If you have a really shady patio, try warming it up with area rugs. Stacking area rugs, like the space above, helps your outdoor space look connected to your interiors.
Depending whether you have coverage above, you'll need to make sure you select outdoor rugs.
Do you have any other outdoor styling ideas? Share them below!
Images from Inside Out, AD France, Room Decorating
Get ready for summer and bring your living room outdoors! A comfortable outdoor furniture set is all you need to enjoy the warm months.
Is there anything better than a long afternoon reading in the sun? Discover fantastic furniture for a small balcony or sprawling yard. These are some of our favorite options for summer entertaining or just kicking back with a drink.
This versatile set can be arranged in many combinations to fit your space. A couch and armchair combination like this is perfect for a larger patio or yard.
Entertain outdoors with this beautiful Gray Mustang Wicker Patio Conversation Set that includes two square, glass-top coffee tables, two deep-seat armchairs and a sofa.A durable preservative on the seats and cushions protects against weather, pollution and mildew.
A host’s dream, this set is ideal for parties from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You’ll never want the summer to end with this stylish and comfortable outdoor furniture.
For anyone who wants to soak up the sun, a pair of lounge chairs is perfect around a pool or just in the grass!
The Atlantic Oxford Lounger Set has an adjustable back so you can find the perfect angle. The dark brown faux wicker finish is a timeless style that looks great in any climate and with any existing décor. The off-white cushions are included, great for an afternoon nap in the sun.
Loungers are the ultimate summer necessity, and can be placed anywhere. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
For smaller balcony or yard areas, a folding table and chair set ensures you still can enjoy the outdoors!
The Monterey White Table and Chairs Set easily folds up to store away during the winter, or just when you need some extra space. The chairs have flat top backs that echo the square table top, and all pieces have a classic look and finish that will complement most casual outdoor spaces and you’ll love the traditional design in bright white.
The table is just big enough for a romantic dinner for two. Whether you like to enjoy your coffee on the terrace or want to have a few backyard meals, this table and chair outdoor furniture set is for you.
For a truly dreamy backyard setup, you can’t go wrong with this piece of outdoor furniture.
Relax in a whole new way in your backyard with this Round Faux Wicker Sunbed with a Canopy. The durable exterior made with dark synthetic wicker material is reliable in any weather condition, as is the white polyester fabric, which is both soft and comfortable. Warning: once you sit in this sunbed, you may never get up!
No backyard is complete without some stylish outdoor furniture. Find the perfect piece for your lifestyle whether you are a busy host or a quiet sunshine reader.
Outdoor spotlights are a great option to make your backyard, patio, or pool look glamorous and elegant. Outdoor spotlights can be used to highlight the best parts of your outdoor space.
They will never detract from your landscape design because outdoor spotlights now come in a variety of styles that will completely blend in with your existing landscaping and enhance the statement areas of your home such as the front of your home and the pool area.
Outdoor spotlights add interest to your backyard because they add drama - by up lighting your home or garden you make shadows and add a new visual effect to your home. Lighting your outdoor space with outdoor spotlights always yields some interesting and glamorous results.
Up lighting is a great way to highlight architectural features of your porch or patio at night, while adding an element of visual interest to your outdoor space.Outdoor spotlights are great for illuminating a space that sits away from your home's light sources, such as an outdoor terrace or patio space.
You can easily create enough light to fully illuminate the space by using spotlights and angling them toward the area that will be used by you and your family.
A well-lit space is always a great place for friends to gather and enjoy dinner or cocktails outside on warm summer nights
Garden lighting is a great way to showcase your garden all night, long! Whether it is highlighting trees, flowers, or a wall of climbing vines, outdoor spotlights are a great way to highlight your favorite garden elements.
Using Outdoor Spotlights around the pool can create a huge amount of visual interest and drama in your backyard.
If you have a pool with a rock feature it is even better, hiding the spotlights among the rocks creates shadows and makes this pool feature the star of the show, and it is a great way to highlight the natural beauty of the rocks.
One of the best ways to highlight the front of your home at night is to use outdoor spotlights. These spotlights can be used to create a very dramatic up lighting effect that really brings out a new version of your home.
The play of light and shadows will highlight new features of your home that don’t get a lot of attention in the daylight.
A wide range of outdoor spotlights make your home look very dramatic and they highlight architectural aspects such as patios and columns.
Are you feeling inspired to see how outdoor spotlights can make your home more dramatic?
Image sources: HGTV; Artistic Illumination; Lightscape of New England; Landscaping Network
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