There is something very beautiful about a well light garden. I’m not sure what exactly it is, whether, for girls it conjures up romantic images based on fairy tales, or if it is simply something that excites our sense of aesthetics at some deep level, but a garden at night, lit up with beautiful lights is just exquisite! It has always amazed me how a fairly ordinary day time garden can be transformed by the setting of the sun and a few strategically chosen and place lights into something ethereal and soft and sumptuous.
And nowadays there are so many ways in which to achieve a gorgeous garden lighting effect. With so many different products and ideas on the market there is really no reason why everyone who has a garden can’t do something beautiful with their garden design and décor and some strategic lighting.
Here are some very hot garden lighting design ideas for you to consider using in the design and décor of your garden. From simple to complex, there is bound to be an idea here to appeal to both your garden design and décor style and your budget!
A very hot garden lighting design idea, and one that is really so very simple is to place lanterns or lights along the edges of your pathways. Now, there are many many ways you can do this. Most garden nurseries, hardware store and décor stores stock small solar or battery powered lights which can e bought in bulk and laid as you wish. You can have lights professionally installed into your pathways and put on light sensors or timers. Another stunning idea is to make your own out of paper bags, or opaque plastic containers and candles. You can use Chinese paper lanterns. I have even seen adorable little battery operated lamps for sale at those fabulous little bargain R5 stores you find all over the place. Really, it’s up to you how you end up using this idea. You can make it work for you with just a little imagination and creativity.
An equally simple yet hot garden lighting design idea is to purchase garden torches. These are especially hot for if you are having a party in the garden or for if you want a sort of rustic theme going on in your garden. Again, you can pick them up pretty much at any nursery, hardware, décor or super store. They can be filled with paraffin and the wicks light, so they burn for a long time, stuck in the ground and left. You can use them to light a path or to create a bit of ambient light. A very good idea, particularly in the summer months when there are all kinds of irritating bugs about is to fill your garden torches with citronella oil because it’s a natural bug repellent and smells nice too!
If you have an outside wall or fence you would like to light, a very hot garden lighting design idea is to hang lanterns, lamps or candle holders from the wall. You can buy lights, lamps or lanterns straight from shops or you can get a little creative all depending on what sort of garden design and décor you have going. In this image the decorator has used glass jars which have been wrapped with wire to hang from hanging pot plant brackets. Some sand in the bottom and a tea light candle and voila, instant lantern! I love this idea!
A final simple yet super hot garden light design idea for your garden décor and design is fairy lights. Yes fairy lights. Fairy lights look incredibly beautiful in a garden and you can make them as subtle or bold a feature as you like. You can drape a string sparingly around a bush, or smother a tree in them, you can gently light your gazebo, or disco up your braai area according to taste. And nowadays you don’t need a plug point operate them either. Now you can buy solar powered and battery powered fairy lights from just about anywhere!