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15 garden lighting ideas you can copy this summer

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If you want to get the maximum usage out of your garden in the summer months, then you need to start thinking about what outdoor lighting ideas you can add in, to offer the right balance of illumination and ambience! We've found some absolutely super examples to show you today, all of which have the professional Gardener’s seal of approval and offer ingenious, subtle integration into the surrounding greenery or furniture. Just come and take a look and see which garden lighting ideas would be perfect for your summer house, patio, or just about any outdoor space! 

1. Using hidden uplighters to embellish the warmth of natural wood fencing makes for such a gorgeous summer garden display!

Contemporary Garden Design Balham Modern garden by homify Modern

Contemporary Garden Design Balham


2. How about bringing some stylish indoor lighting installations outside into your garden, in order to add a little extra illumination and offer a quirky aesthetic?

3. Under-seat lighting is a great way to keep everything seamless and fully integrated, while still boosting the rest of your garden lighting design.

4. Don't overcomplicate things, if you have a small garden! Simplicity can be the key to success, so try a few tabletop hurricane lamps with large candles inside!

Slim & Subtle Rear Garden Modern garden by homify Modern

Slim & Subtle Rear Garden


5. Adding flush-fitting spotlights beneath all your seats will create a light, bright and sociable garden hangout area!

Ayrshire outdoor living Modern garden by Lithic Fire Modern Sandstone
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

6. Maybe you could add light AND warmth, with a hand-built firepit? We LOVE this idea!

7. Adopt a multi-layered approach to garden- and patio lighting ideas so that you can highlight a few separate areas. Look to showcase colourful spots!

How would these outdoor fixtures look dazzling up your summer house's lighting?

8. Adding some piquant lighting to your alfresco cooking station is a wonderful way to make sure that you can grill long into the balmy summer evenings!

9. How genius is this idea? Using small spotlights, reflected off shiny surfaces, to brighten your garden is a cool, contemporary and unfussy option for outdoor lighting.

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent Modern garden by Earth Designs Modern
Earth Designs

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent

Earth Designs

10. Adding strip lighting to your gazebo allows you to now only enjoy a little weather=proof socialising, but also properly lit fun! We love the vibrant lighting colours here!

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof Patio Canopy Installation in Kent. Modern garden by homify Modern

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof Patio Canopy Installation in Kent.


11. Sinking spotlights into the raised beds in your garden make for a wire-free and simply stunning installation. Plus, all your favourite blooms will be perfectly highlighted.

12. Wow! Highlighting your tallest plants with some buried uplighters creates such a visually delightful display! This is a great tip for smaller gardens, in particular.

13. The simplest solutions can be the best, so how about keeping your lights mounted on an exterior wall, to flood a patio with handy illumination?

14. This garden looks amazing! With a myriad of hanging and floor-standing lights, all in the same globe shape, there is cohesion and a layered look.

Japanese style planting Modern garden by Earth Designs Modern
Earth Designs

Japanese style planting

Earth Designs

15. If you have a water feature in your garden, adding some enticing garden lighting will really show it off to its fullest potential and create a gorgeous focal point!

Bonus tips to enhance your garden lighting ideas

Atmospheric Garden, nestled in the Sussex Downs Country style garden by Borrowed Space Country
Borrowed Space

Atmospheric Garden, nestled in the Sussex Downs

Borrowed Space

• Consider how both shadow and light can add style and detail to a space. If you have garden walls, for instance, consider placing your outdoor lighting at the base to highlight the wall’s texture, especially if it is rich in detail like stone or brick.  

• Make sure that your garden lighting design bathes not only a tree’s canopy in light (which can create an eerie effect), but also the trunk.  

• Use LEDs for your patio- and outdoor lighting. Modern LED-based lighting systems use about 70% less energy than halogen bulbs. This means you will not only be enjoying elegant garden lighting designs, but also a more appropriate electricity bill.

From new lighting styles to lawn designs, see these 10 quick 'n easy ways to make your garden look great.

Which of these lighting styles has really caught your eye?
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