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10 Backyard Getaways with Landscape Lighting

Has it already been a long day? How about a long week?! Kate here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready for the weekend and needing to unwind. Let me transport you to the perfect backyard getaway, complete with landscape lighting that adds drama and flair to the modern outdoor space! Rather than focusing on the technicalities of landscape lighting, this post is all about inspiring you with the magic of highlighting a tropical tree, a privacy partition, or a special water feature. Ready for a closer look?…

Standout Features

Does your yard have one or two standout features that get noticed during daylight hours? Why let them fade into the night once the sun sets?! With some cleverly placed landscape lighting, conversation pieces such as the Bismark palm below have the power to take center stage. [from Burle Yates Design]

Miami patio with illuminated tropical foliage

The massive oak tree in the next photo is stunning and likely full of history. Such a special feature deserves illumination. Rather than wrapping it in twinkle lights, try strategically placed landscape lighting. [from Aesthetic Gardens]

Illuminated oak tree by an outdoor fire pit

No backyard? Bring some mood lighting to your patio or outdoor lounge. The view isn’t the only special quality of the rooftop lounge below. A spotlight turns a potted tree into a dramatic focal point. [from Chicago Specialty Gardens]

Tree lighting on a rooftop lounge

This privacy partition is modern and sculptural. Add some landscape lighting, and it’s a true work of art. [from Coffman Studio]

Landscape lighting on a privacy partition

Poolside Elegance

If your yard has a pool or other water feature, don’t miss a chance to make this space extra rejuvenating with the help of landscape lighting. In addition to taking advantage of pool lights, try illuminating select trees and shrubs to create a soothing setting. [from John Davies Landscape]

Small outdoor space with an illuminated water feature

Landscape lighting loves tropical foliage! Long fronds and breezy silhouettes instantly come to life in the golden glow of the bulbs. [from Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture]

Backyard with an illuminated pool and tropical foliage

Perhaps you have a yard with so much foliage, you’re facing many decisions about which plants to illuminate. Or maybe you have a few standout plants that set themselves apart from the rest. Remember that there’s power in numbers. For example, if you have a row of palms as shown below, try illuminating all of them for the ultimate tropical statement. [from Katy Water Works]

Landscaping lighting on poolside palm trees

Even a wooden fence can come alive in the right landscape lighting. Want to learn more about the types of landscape lights and their costs? I’ve found this article from This Old House to be particularly helpful. [from Nimmo Architecture]

Landscape lighting against a backyard fence

Not only is the pool lighting below irresistible, the adjacent tree and its illuminated texture is the perfect complement to the sleek surface of the water. [from Lewis Aquatech]

Relaxing backyard with LED pool lighting and an illuminated tree

Special touches such as spherical orbs can transform a poolside setting into an enchanting backyard getaway! Also note the lighting on the blooming vines below. [from Tim Davies Landscaping]

Illuminated pool area with a spherical outdoor lamp

Not sure where to start when it comes to landscape lighting? If you’re on a budget, consider solar powered lights that require little to no maintenance. No fuss and no wires to deal with! Plus, they’re often affordable, making them perfect for budget-conscious design lovers. I hope today’s post helped launch you into relaxation mode. Have a lovely weekend!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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