All homes have something that makes them unique. It could be their facade, the porch, the garden or even a small corner that emanates a special charm. Light can be very helpful in creating a special atmosphere, and easily become the star element of your terrace or garden during warm evenings. Outdoor lighting should be carefully designed, bearing in mind the mood that you want to create and transmit.

Here are a few tips for your outdoor lighting, so you can make the best out of your favourite outdoor spot. These are a number of things to consider when choosing outdoor lighting: the distribution and size of the space, the elements within it, such as plants, the style of the pool, a relaxation area, etc.

The ManoMano Outdoor Lighting collection offers a wide range of options to always hit the mark with the best lighting.

“Chill out” outdoor lighting

This type of outdoor space, which is getting more and more popular, is always designed with warm lighting to create the desired effect of peace, calm and tranquility. This can be achieved with fairy lights, lanterns, or candles in a corner. Alternatively, you could simply add a few table or floor lamps to control the light intensity and even its colour. The range of possibilities to light your outdoor space is huge, so you can be sure that there is one to suit your preferred decoration style. 

Trend tip: to create a relaxing atmosphere, where you can enjoy the company of friends in the early evening, lanterns and hanging garlands can be your best ally.

Summer garden lighting

1. Pineapple fairy lights, £11.99 – 2. Willow wood lantern, £49.00- 3. Hanging light, £37.00

The centre of attention this spring: your garden

Throughout spring & summer, your garden is probably the liveliest area of your home, both during the day and at night. This is why a good lighting design to highlight the beauty of your own personal Eden is so important. And in this case, practicality definitely takes a back seat to give way to aesthetics. You could accent your lush trees with spotlights projecting upwards, and then you could light plants and bushes with softer ambient lighting, creating a magical space. You could also light the stairs or entrance to the house with built-in or LED light fixtures for an elegant finish.

Outdoor decor

4. Solar paneled hanging jar lights, £33.99 – 5. Pack of 3 solar LED lanterns, £25.77 – 6. Pack of 12 LED stone spotlights, £28.99

And don’t forget! Solar lamps are a must as we head into the summer months. They will provide you with a wonderful light obtained directly from the sun and you can use them to light the path to your front door.

Outdoor lighting for summer evenings
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Outdoor lighting: facade

The facade is always the first thing that we notice in a house, providing us with our first impression of it. So it is key to draw attention to our facade in an understated and simple fashion, for example, with recessed ground spotlights, or wall lights that you can project to light particular areas that you want to highlight. It is also important to take into account the materials that the facade is made of, such as stone, wood, exposed brick, or any other material that might be especially beautiful. You will be able to both enhance your outdoor space as well as create a warm and charming area to welcome friends and family.

Outdoor lighting ideas

7. Steinel sensor light, £56.81 – 8. Curved outdoor wall light, £29.99 – 9. Metal wall light, £29.99

Take note of this tip! Sensor wall lights are the best option to emphasise your beautiful facade when you are walking around the garden. You can find them in many shapes and sizes, to suit the area that you want to highlight.

A good night dip

A swim in the pool at night or even dusk is one the great pleasures of summer.  For this you need adequate lighting both around the pool and inside it. The resulting effect will be soothing and relaxing. Special led pool lights for both the surface of the pool and the walls may be your best option. You could also use led spotlights to illuminate the pool area. If you would rather create a somewhat more intimate vibe, you can always use floating lights in the pool.

10. 3 LED floating balls, £17.99 – 11. 2 solar glow globes, £27.55 – 12. Colour-changing floating ball, £18.74

A must if you have a pool: the latest trend in lighting design for pools are floating LED lights. They will allow you to enjoy the pool at night without having to call a builder or electrician, and they will add a tropical touch to your space. Always make sure that they are waterproof, even those that you place near the pool.

There are thousands of ways to light your outdoor space and turn it into a special and magical place. Did you like any of the ideas here?

Did you enjoy this article from Lucia Garcia on tips & tricks for outdoor lighting? Why not read our 6 tips to creating an outdoor living room or even our guide on the advantages & disadvantages of LED lighting!

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