Whether you have a special party coming up, want to add a touch of drama to your garden decor, or simply fancy sprucing up your outdoors in time for summer, outdoor garden lights are a simple and cost-effective way to completely rejuvenate your garden aesthetic. With just a few creative garden lighting ideas, even the smallest of touches can make a big impact. LOFA want to bring to you a range of garden lighting ideas that will be easy enough to carry out but give that wow-factor that turns an evening spent in the garden into a night spent in a magical, twilight wonderland. As well as our garden lighting suggestions, we’ve included some little how-to’s for creative garden lighting projects that you and the family can do at home.
The quickest and simplest way to create atmosphere with your outdoor garden lights is to use rope lighting. This garden lighting is ideal for creative outdoor lighting ideas because of how flexible it is – allowing you to customise your garden lighting exactly to your needs. Rope lights are easy to accommodate in almost any space in your garden, so whether you’re looking for some enigmatic tree lighting to create a canopy above your heads, or want to create a cosy border for your guests’ seating area, investing in some outdoor rope lights will allow you to get truly creative with your garden lighting ideas.
Rope Light Shapes
You could simply wind your rope lights around your tree’s branches, but why not hang them from your tree in sculpted shapes instead? Because rope lights are so flexible, you can craft them easily into all sorts of designs. Use firmer materials, such as wire, to build the shape you would like. Then, you can simply attach your rope lights to the wires using zip ties and hang them around your garden using hooks. Make sure to purchase low-wattage rope lights though, in order to avoid your designs overheating.
If you’re looking for a slightly more hands-on, artistic approach to your creative garden lighting ideas, why not try your hand at some shadow art? You don’t need to be auditioning your piece for a London art gallery to create a beautiful garden feature. Using your outdoor garden lights you could simply illuminate that heart-shaped hedge onto the trellis behind it, simply by projecting the shadow onto the wood. Or, to get a little more artsy with it, get your hands on some old scrap and turn it into a fun or surprising sculptured image using light and shadow. This is your opportunity to really test your artistic boundaries and to make something special in your garden which can only be seen once the sun sets.
Your shadow art doesn’t have to be complex to make – there’s plenty of simple ideas you can try. Why not have the kids cut out some of their favourite shapes in colourful card, which you can then attach to poles in your garden? Then, the whole family can experiment with uplighting and downlighting with your outdoor garden lights until the most interesting shadow of the shape is found. Secure the lighting in the position you like best and you’ve now created a wonderful art gallery in your garden for the whole family to enjoy.
Light Tables – Not Table Lights
There are an innumerable amount of articles and Pinterest boards out there discussing fun and fancy ways to use table lights, whether it be cute homemade votive candles or stupendous bought lanterns, and everything inbetween. However, instead of using table lights, why not have your table itself be the light? Whether you spring for a lavishly made lit table or choose to get creative with your garden lighting and make your own, having such a statement piece incorporated into your outdoor garden lights’ aesthetic is a guaranteed way to wow your guests.
One of the great uses for light tables is that you can create your own artistic sandbox, meaning your garden lighting ideas are versatile as well as beautiful. Entertaining for growns up and children alike, layering sand over the top of your table allows for a wonderful creative space. Whether you’ll use it as a peaceful zen sand garden for you to while away the time with, or your children use it as a space for their own artistic sand creations, a thin layer of sand that allows the light to shine through makes for a wonderful material to play with.
Glow in the Dark
Sometimes, it’s simply not enough to have some decorative, pretty lighting in your garden. If you want a truly unique and quirky way of making your mark in your garden, why not inject some real vibrancy into your scheme by including glow in the dark pieces? Whether you’d like to decorate your favourite table with delicate glowing patterns, or opt to give your garden pops of colour by painting your garden furniture in a range of vibrant paints, adding glow in the dark pieces to your outdoor garden lights will give an energetic spirit to your outdoor space.
There are so many great ways to incorporate glow in the dark paint into your outside space, from tastefully placed painted rocks to fully fledged garden murals. Does someone in your household have a true artistic flair? Give them a paint brush and a blank wall or trellis and be amazed at the beautiful mural that could emerge. Or, why not paint a mural with your little ones? Getting the whole family involved will mean you have a piece of painted garden art that will delight both you and your guests for many years to come.
Don’t play it safe with your garden lighting ideas – with LOFA’s help and a little imagination, outdoor garden lights truly can transform your outside space. Whether you choose one idea here and make a beautifully thematic light show, or mix and match ideas to get everyone in the family involved, your twinkling garden will truly be a memorable gathering spot for all who visit your home, and can help you to make special memories for many years to come.
For more creative ideas on how to transform your garden, take a look at how to accessorise your gazebo to help it realise its full potential, and why not learn a little bit about the history of the gazebo along the way?