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How to Use Landscape Lighting to Extend Your Indoor Living Spaces

Today’s homeowners want to get the most out of their homes and the land that they own. That means that they’re eager to use every available inch of living space that their property offers them, including the outdoor areas. You may not be able to create extra room inside your home, but if you’ve got a front or backyard, you can transform that outdoor property into a living, dining, entertaining or recreation area that can be used for activities such as backyard camping. Adding more functionality to your backyard may even add extra value to your home as well!

Create Designated Zones

When you create designated zones throughout your backyard, you’re designing functional spaces that extend your indoor living areas to the outside. If you like to eat outside, an outdoor kitchen may be a wise and useful investment. Depending on where you live, you may be able to use an outdoor kitchen for more than half of the year. An outdoor kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a nearby dining area. If you’re transforming a deck into your outdoor cooking and eating area, the proper lighting will give your outdoor grilling and dining area a ton of ambiance.

If you have or intend to install a large covered patio that is connected to your house, you can add attractive illumination that gives the space an elegant vibe with wall or ceiling lights.

For adding a tropical flair to your outdoor lounging, cooking, or eating, consider adding tiki torch lights to enhance your space while getting the added benefit it offers as an insect deterrent.

Increase Interest Through Focal Points

Choose focal points that create interest and invite curiosity and the desire to hang out outside. If you love the sound of water, a water feature can turn an unused part of your backyard into a Zen-like retreat where people go to meditate, read, or hang out. Or an outdoor fireplace that has a built-in wood-fired pizza oven may be a guaranteed way to get the kids to spend time outside. Consider using downlighting as a dramatic way to draw the eye towards these fun features in your yard.

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Add an Elegant Touch with Lighting

Whether you’re looking for a way to add elegance to your deck, patio, or hang out area, you’ll get massive results with bollard tower lights cast beautiful shadows upward or downwards and create a dramatic decorative impact wherever you place them. Enjoy the delightful sights and smells of night-blooming flowers in your backyard as you walk by your flower beds on a path that’s illuminated with bollard lights.

If you’re looking for a simple, but cost-effective way to light up your patio, your deck, or a Pergola-covered entertaining area, you’ll create a fun and festive look that adds a ton of ambiance to your space with string bistro lighting.

No matter what type of lighting you choose, it is always safer to leave the electrical installations to the experts - licensed electricians who specialize in installing LED, low-voltage, and landscaping lighting.

Conclusion

Extending the indoor living space outside is like adding square footage to your home - without having to spend money to add to the existing structure. It’s an ideal way to increase the pleasure you get from your home while adding to its resale value by offering a bonus that is high on the list of would-be home buyers “must have” wish lists.

Kylie Johnson

I am the managing editor here at Everything Backyard. I love all things design, including interior and landscape design. In my spare time, you can find me sitting outside reading a good book or working on my own DIY projects.

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