9 Outdoor Lighting Ideas to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Written by Davel Construction On May 1, 2023
Outdoor lighting featured image of a Retaining Wall and Pillars with Lights

Would you like to maximize your curb appeal and the aesthetic of your yard? Outdoor lighting is an easy way to highlight your architectural features, illuminate your landscaping, and brighten up your summer nights. Let’s look at nine ways that outdoor lighting can add beauty (and safety) to your outdoor space.

Uplighting Will Highlight Your Trees and Bushes

Uplighting is used to add contrast and show off elements of your exterior, particularly those that rise from the ground. Landscape components such as trees and bushes bring natural beauty to your yard. Landscape lighting is a great way to emphasize these natural features.

Illuminate Your Home’s Architectural Features

Are you proud of your home’s unique features? Shine some light upon them! Facades, exteriors, columns, and pillars make your home a one-of-a-kind. So too do archways, fountains, stairs, sculptures, landscaping, balconies, windows, and signage. Strategically placed lighting will call attention to these signature aspects of your architecture and decor.

Use Wall-Mounted Lighting to Create a Warm and Welcoming Ambiance

If you’re trying to create a cozy atmosphere, try installing wall-mounted lighting. Choose bulbs with a colour temperature of 2700K to 3000K if you’re looking for a warm light. A diffuser or dimmable light fixture will allow you to control the intensity and create just the right atmosphere. Fixtures made from warm-coloured metals are available in various styles.

Path Lights Create a Focal Point

Let path lighting lead the way as you navigate your yard after dark. The installation of in-ground or well lights will turn your pathway or walkway into a focal point, while also illuminating the way forward, minimizing the risk of tripping after the sun goes down. For these reasons, a pathway lighting system is not only attractive but practical too.

Backyard illuminated using outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting not only showcases the beauty of your home and yard, it lights the way as you navigate your property after dark.

Emphasize Safety and Security with Downlighting

Downlighting is another way to provide safety and security at night. Downlighting or recessed lighting is installed into hollow openings in your ceiling. These lights make it easier to see obstacles and hazards in your yard. Consider placing downlighting near your pathway, patio, deck, outdoor kitchen, entryway, or trees.

Install Accent Lighting to Draw Attention to Garden Features

Your garden is your happy place, and the features create the vibes. Don’t let them go unrecognized! Accent outdoor lighting will draw the eye to garden beds, paths, patio furniture, fountains, ponds, trellises, seating, birdbaths and more. This brighter, more focussed form of lighting will take your garden to the next level!

Choose Colourful Lighting for a Bold Look

Add some personality and brighten the mood with colourful lighting. Your pool parties will pop and your dinner parties will delight with the addition of this vibrant, energetic lighting. You can shop for lights in a wide selection of colours that will add flair and life to your outdoor spaces, making your yard as unique as you are!

Save Energy and Increase Safety with Motion Sensor Lighting

If you’re looking to save energy, motion sensor outdoor lighting is a no-brainer. Not only will these lights turn on when you need them, but they can also be programmed to turn off in the absence of motion, saving you money and decreasing your carbon footprint. Utilize solar lighting to use even less energy.

As an added bonus, motion-activated lights serve as a deterrent to unwanted intruders.

Illumination Will Enhance Your Water Features

Water adds beauty and tranquillity to any yard and the right lighting will only maximize the effect. LED lighting will create a subtle glow in your fountain. Pool lighting is great for ambiance and added safety. You can use lights to light ponds, waterfalls, and streams as well. Whether you want your yard to resemble the Bellagio in Vegas, or have something more subtle in mind, the combination of light and water is tough to beat!

Utilize Outdoor Lighting To Its Full Potential

Your yard is not only a big part of your home’s value, but of your personality as well. You’ve worked hard to make it look great and it only makes sense to cast it in the best light possible. The benefits of outdoor and landscape lighting range from decorative to practical. Don’t let a lack of imagination limit your backyard’s potential!

Backyard with Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting lets you keep the good times going well after dark. Enjoy your yard this summer with improved landscape lighting.

Davel is your interior and exterior construction provider of choice. We’re not happy until we have unleashed the potential of your home and outdoor spaces. Our innovative 3D design process allows your ideas before work even begins.

Transform your house and yard into something you’ll enjoy each and every day!

Contact Davel Construction for a free consultation today!