There are a great number of reasons why you need to make sure that your garden remains your focus in 2014. To make your garden a place you want to spend more of your time, you need to consider not only how it is decorated, but also how it is lit. There are a great number of pages available on the internet that tell you how to decorate and maintain your garden, but there are very few that are specifically targeted at telling you how to light your garden to maximise the effect of all this creative planting. Here are just three ideas that will help you get the most out of your garden in 2014.
Guiding the Way
Using lights to ‘guide the way’ to your home has become increasingly popular in the UK over the past decade or so. Above all else, using this method makes it incredibly practical, as you can use your newly installed up lights to ensure that you stay away from any slippery leaves, snails or cracked pavement slabs. As well as this, the ‘guiding the way’ decorations will also help your home look more appealing so, rather than looking dark, it will be light, bright and inviting for your guests and neighbours.
Layering Your Lighting
Lighting can often appear one dimensional, but there’s really no reason why this should be the case. Although lighting serves a practical function, it should also be aesthetically pleasing, with your lighting choices providing the perfect opportunity to make your house look appealing. To achieve this, you should look to layer your lighting. This means lighting in more than one dimension, so if you’re lighting on the floor to highlight paths, also consider adding some vertical lighting. Obviously, you don’t want to make your house look gaudy and tacky, so be subtle with how you choose to create this effect. Dim lights often work better than bright ones.
Highlighting Your Hard Work
If you’ve spent hours on end working meticulously on your garden then you really should highlight your hard work. To do this, focus your lighting on the areas you’ve been working on. Whether it be a flowerbed or a water feature, you want to make the most of it and show it off to any passing pedestrians. To do this, use ceiling lights that shine down towards the intended area. Lights like this can easily be obtained from somewhere like Bright Lightz and, because the cost is minimal, you can emphasise you hard work with very little cost or further effort.
To conclude, although decorating your garden well is essential, it really is only half of the job. Although you want your garden to look good in order to create the perfect first impression, you also want it to act as a sort of outside room of your home, where you can relax and unwind on an evening. To do this, you have to light it effectively. Hopefully these ideas have given you a great idea or have at least whetted your appetite for ways that you could improve your garden in 2014.
From time to time we publish guest articles. This article was written for us by Vickie Bailey.
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