Highlight your favorite structural aspects and impress your guests with customized colors and styles. Make your outdoor space the feature of parties at night as well as during the day. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to improve safety, comfort, and ambiance in the outdoor areas you spend the most time.

Make an Outdoor Chandelier a Conversation Piece

A well chosen outdoor chandelier adds unexpected character to a pitch-roofed pavilion. Use a low wattage bulb so at night the fixture sheds a warm glow. Be sure to choose a UL-rated chandelier approved for outdoor use. Even in a protected area such as this, the fixture will be exposed to wind, dust and moisture.

Define Space with Outdoor Lanterns

Craftsman-style lanterns mounted on columns provide general patio lighting at night. Positioned close to the sink and grill, the lanterns illuminate these two work zones. However, supplemental task lighting is advised for serious cooking after dark

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Choose Carriage Lanterns for a Traditional Look

A pair of wrought-iron carriage lanterns provides general illumination for this breezeway. This lamp style is a good match for traditional architectural styles, such as country French, Georgian, and Colonial Revival.

Consider wiring the lamps to a dimmer switch inside the house. It will allow you to control the brightness levels at different times of the day and night.

Go Low-Tech with Candles

Candles offer the simplest way to bring mood lighting to outdoor spaces. Hurricane candle holders are a must to protect the flames from breezes.

Provide Light and Breezes with a Ceiling Fan

An all-weather ceiling fan with a light fixture provides both air movement and general overhead illumination for outdoor gatherings. Here, we show our “fandolier” in wrought iron that serves both purposes.

Illuminate with Porch Lights

For a patio or deck wall-mount porch lights are a beautiful and practical way to illuminate the area for safety and access. Creating mood is secondary, but if the sconces are on a dimmer switch, you can modulate the light for a softer effect when you want to sit outdoors in the evening.

Post Mount carriage lamps for Patio Lighting

Carriage lanterns mounted on stone pillars define the edges of this patio and light the way to the front door.

Placing lamp fixtures above raised beds, steps, and other obstacles is good safety practice as well as an attractive addition to the outdoor room. Plan outdoor lighting so the fixtures tap into a conveniently located electric line.

Hang a Chandelier for a Refined Look

A wrought-iron chandelier with candle lamps turns this covered patio into an elegant outdoor living/dining room. Matching sconces on the wall complete the illusion that the living room has moved outdoors.

Create Old-World Style with Sconces


Wrought-iron sconce lights bring a touch of Spain, Italy or the Mediterranean to this outdoor space. Choosing light fixtures with the same finish as the door pulls, fencing, and outdoor furniture gives your outdoor rooms a professional, pulled-together look.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens