Winter is in full swing, and there are many regions of the world that are having to deal with an inordinate amount of snowfall in 2014. It is that time of the year when we turn away from everything pale and white and find solace in warm hues, plush textures and wholesome design themes that bring home a cozy appeal. While imagining a clear star-studded sky and a warm evening might be difficult right now, pretty soon spring and summer will melt away your snowy woes. And the fiery Tiki torches are ready to enliven your outdoors with their dazzling charm – be it this winter or for the many seasons ahead!
by Edmunds Studios Photography
There is something undeniably comforting and exhilarating about a flickering flame out in the open. Tiki torches bring this beautiful visual to your backyard without much fuss. Easy to install, affordable and exquisite, they are an absolute must for those looking to add a distinct tropical vibe to the outdoors. Here are some amazing inspirations that will surely fill you with a sense of warmth, even if it is a touch chilly outside –
by Renaissance Custom Builders
by Philpotts Interiors
by Green Scene Landscaping & Pools
by Shehan Pools
Versatile, Exotic and Enchanting
Tiki torches are a part of the Tiki culture adopted from the Polynesian style that was embraced by those in the US in the early 1930s and 1940s. These flaming torches were initially used in Tiki-themed restaurants and huts that specifically wanted to fashion a more romantic backdrop. Pretty soon, the Tiki torch found its way across many homes all over the world. And it is not very hard to see why this beautiful, flaming addition was gleefully invited into so many gardens and landscapes. For starters, it presented many in the US with a nostalgic memory of their visit to Hawaii.
by SBT Designs
An attempt to recreate Hawaii’s tropical backdrop is one of the biggest reasons for the popularity of the Tiki torch. But there is more here than meets the eye. The Tiki torch can easily and quickly offer an outdoor lighting solution that is both dreamy and enthralling! Unlike all those string lights and large fireplaces, there is very little work that needs to be done. Even as an investment, Tiki torches are a bargain when compared to modern lighting fixtures and outdoor fireplaces.
by Alderete Pools
by Dara Rosenfeld Design
Modern Tiki torch designs come in a wide range of options that can be fueled with everything ranging from oil to gas. Their designs have also been altered with time to ensure that they fit in effortlessly with a contemporary landscape. Apart from providing gorgeous ambient lighting, they can also help keep some of those pesky insects and mosquitoes away. (Might sound like a minor detail, but they can ruin an entire evening.)
by Terra Flame Home
by Architectural Design & Construction
by Saint Dizier Design
Defining a Space in Dramatic Fashion!
Outdoor torch additions can also be used to give the space a better definition and help in creating a more organized garden or entryway. Obviously, placing these large torches on both sides of a walkway is a popular choice and a classic that never goes out of style. But the hip variation that is presently popular is the use of Tiki torches next to modern outdoor pools with waterfalls and natural stone. This again is an easy (even if expensive) way of designing a serene, vivacious and grand getaway that is a mere stroll from your living room.
by Suzman Design Associates
by McKay Landscape Lighting
Despite the allure of the Tiki torches, it is important to remember that you are still dealing with fire and any lapses can be disastrous. Do not place the Tiki torch directly under any trees or too close to the edge of the pergola. A distance of 6 feet from the nearest structure is ideal and advisable. Make sure they are firmly fixed before lighting them, and always use the snuffer cap to put out the flame.
by Suite 102
by Sun Valley Landscaping
by Alderwood Landscape Architecture and Construction
by Clear Creek Landscapes
Tiki torches are a great addition to the winter porch too, and just the sight of an incandescent flare can transform both the outdoors and your mood! Whether in an idyllic backyard with pool or a theatrical entranceway, Tiki torches sure add some sizzling passion…
by GM Construction
by Cipriano Landscape Design & Custom Swimming Pools
by McClellan Architects