Not just for Christmas: How outdoor lighting can transform your space

Outdoor lights don’t have to be just a twinkling addition to festive decorations, if used well they can transform a space into something wholly more welcoming, writes Anya Cooklin-Lofting

Thursday 25 June 2020 19:32
Kings Gate roof terrace by Millier
Kings Gate roof terrace by Millier

Twinkling lights across the UK, emanating from suburban gardens, city balconies and roof terraces need not be confined to the cooler airs of the festive season. Outdoor lighting in the summer can be just as beautiful and uplifting, transforming a dark and unwelcoming outside space into an enclave of flatteringly lit clam. Whether you’re looking for something temporary or more of a permanent lighting solution, read on for some top tips and suggestions from interior designers with exterior design in mind…

Speaking to interior designers, it quickly becomes apparent that one mustn’t light their garden for the sake of the light itself. Lighting must be purposeful, directional. Yes, the overall lighting scheme will light the garden to make it more usable as the sun sets on an evening spent in the garden, but it is about what you are lighting at a more detailed level, rather than lighting the garden itself. Alexandra Nord, the creative director at Millier, international interior design and architectural practice, believes that deciding exactly what you want to light is key to achieving a successful lighting scheme.

Nord says: “Sculptural, dramatic planting and textured surfaces can be highlighted with discrete floor uplights, spotlights, garden post lights and contemporary wall wash fittings.” Charu Gandhi, director and founder of London-based design studio, Elicyon, agrees, saying, “A dramatically lit outdoor sculpture or water feature has a strong impact in any garden space. I really enjoy commissioning outdoor artwork for projects and imagining how it will feel in the evening as a lit piece or installation. Beautifully lit flowing water is also effective.”

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