A lovely landscape design can give a magnificent look to the entrance of your house. Choosing lights for beautiful landscape designs is fun and a great learning experience. There are so many different ideas that you can choose from. The right lighting can give your garden or lawn a grand and majestic look.
I'm guessing that most of you thinking about getting your landscape lighted up to have a walkway through the said landscape. Using LED lighting for walkways is a fantastic and one of the most widely used ideas. You can choose small lights to flank both sides of the path, runway style. Or use big lights at greater distances, running along the walkway or driveway. Avoid using colored bulbs (other than the regular yellow), for pathway lighting.
Another idea is to establish a focal point for your landscape. Decide which area you want to highlight and then use as many LED lights as you wish, in different sizes and shapes to get all the attention to this spot and have all your guests talking about it.
By point lighting, I mean, having different kinds of lighting at different points within the landscape. Suggested points for outdoor lighting could be:
- Two at the entrance of the landscape
- Two at the midpoint of the pathway
- Two at the end of the pathway leading up to the house
- Pairs of lamp posts at random points throughout the lawn
- Single lamp posts around the house at regular distances, avoiding windows and doors
One way to give your landscape an elegant touch is to have appropriate lighting at the necessary locations. The stairway leading up to the house is the last portion of the journey from the entrance of the landscape to the house. And it does not make sense to have the entire landscape lit up and the stairs hidden in darkness. This is because, one, it could be dangerous, and two, it just looks dull and uninviting. So, use simple small LED lights to light up the stairway. They can be inbuilt into the stairs or with a small stand for themselves.
If you have a small water body as a part of your landscape, then lighting it up will work wonders! If it's a pond or swimming pool, you can have small spotlights or small floodlights as well. You can also use solar landscape lighting for accentuating the pool or pond.
By strategy, this is what I mean: you can place lamps behind objects to give them a mysterious, come hither effect. Shrubs and bushes are perfect for this idea. You can also affix lights above objects, so they are completely bathed in light. You can use a rock garden, a swing or some flowering plants for this. Another idea is to have lampshades instead of regular lamp posts or spot lights. The lamp shades could be transparent, candle lanterns, or earthen lamp shades with patterned holes on them. These lampshades look best when placed on the ground, but you can also place them on low tables or rocks within your landscape.
These are all the tips and ideas I had on designing a lighted landscape. Hope they helped. As I said earlier, any more ideas are more than welcome. So keep them coming. Until then, enjoy your gorgeous landscape!