To mark my 40th birthday, my friends from Uni and family came to stay at the new house overnight. As Saturday came to a close we lit a campfire and let the kids toast marshmallows. Bit by bit the grown ups tucked kids into their beds and returned to the fire with a beer or a glass or red. We talked into the night, danced under the stars and as I crept back and forth to the house a few times I realised I was getting over my fear of the dark. With friends and laughter I felt braver.
I’m not a particularly anxious soul but I’ve been known to go into complete panic if I wake in the pitch black. Our move has meant we have a lot more garden and I love it, but it also takes courage to roam it alone at night.
So outdoor lighting has taken on a whole new meaning to me. What seemed like a phaff to install, now seems like a necessity. Apart from practical concerns, the beauty potential is huge. The previous owners created so many little seating areas, and there are trees and corners crying out to be lit a little.
I saw this article in House Beautiful and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with these four garden lighting trends.
I love the industrial look of these lights, our house is old, but our extension is very modern so I can see them working to being together old red brick and new rendered walls:
I love the idea of making a feature of a tree and we have a few to choose from, the idea that lights become part of a tree really appeals:
I absolutely love fairy lights, but my eye fell to these lightbulb like garlands. They remind me of the lights on the South Bank in London, yet don’t they look completely at home in a cottage garden? I love country life but I like the idea of bringing memories of city life and places from my travels too:
I love the idea of making a fire pit a feature even when there isn’t time for a fire.
Have you embraced any garden lighting trends in your garden? Tell me more, I would love some inspiration!
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Images supplied by Festive Lights.