Deck and Patio Lighting Thoughts

One of the primary motivators for the homeowner in considering a patio or deck area as an add-on to their home is its entertainment value. Cruise the neighborhood during the day and you will more than likely see only a few people using the patio or deck. However, as evening approaches the story changes. When parent(s) come home from work or when it’s the right time to plan a party for friends and relatives, the patio or deck is frequently used as the center of festivities that often last well into the night.

During the planning stages, it’s important to include a lighting plan to make sure that the patio and deck area are not only well-lighted but that the lighting design creates a magical effect for its visitors.

Starting with the most elegant (and usually the most expensive) deck and patio lighting we can take a look at lights that are built-in to the foundation elements of the patio or deck. These lights provide a soft uplight glow that can mark a pathway or just provide a non-functional source of beauty. The lights are generally installed by contractors during the patio and deck construction and are generally not a project that the average DIY should consider tackling. I’ve seen this type of lighting done in a variety of colors and have even seen systems that automatically change the colors during the course of the evening, providing a mood-altering effect.

Dimmers are also a worthwhile investment for ground level lighting, allowing the host to increase or decrease the intensity of the lighting depending on the mood desired. Ground lighting is very safe since the lights themselves are never in contact with the visitors. Contractors will make sure that the process for changing the bulbs is simple and straightforward.

Speaking of dimmers, it’s generally a good idea to keep your entire deck and patio lighting system under dimmer control. Bright moonlight can allow you to turn the lighting down a bit while dark moonless nights can prompt you to boost the light up a bit.

Ground level lighting can also be used to frame the patio or deck area particularly if you’ve planted shrubbery or other low plantings around the area.

Down lighting is another type of deck and patio lighting. As the name implies, this is lighting from above and can be used to simulate moonlight. Besides being a natural lighting source, down lighting also enhances the security of the area because a lighted deck or patio usually leaves the impression the there’s someone at home.

A creative way to use this as a security feature is to have your doorbell circuit tied into a switch that at least temporarily turns the down lights on.

Most down lighting is accomplished by the use of either or both floodlights and spotlights. The floodlight will provide more ambient lighting by illuminating the entire deck or patio area while spotlights can be used as task lighting to highlight such areas as stairways and entryways. Spotlights can also be used to accent special features such as fountains, plantings or cooking and eating areas.

Many deck and patio lighting is installed at the waist level to keep any glare away from the face and to provide an elegant touch. Some lighting can also be installed at the top of posts that are at the top of stairways or other areas that separate one part of the deck or patio from another.

Some homeowners use strip or rope lights to highlight the porch or deck railing or other areas that need special attention such as stair risers or seating areas. If you live in an area where you can use a deck or patio during the winter holiday season, give some thought to decorating the area with lighting that can be used year-round.

Have fun with your lighting plan for your deck or patio. Most of the lighting is relatively inexpensive and can be removed or modified relatively easily. You may want to divide your plan into lights, which need to be permanently installed, and lights that are movable and optional.

Please don’t get carried away with deck and patio lighting plans. This type of lighting is best understated although some decorative lighting such as hurricane lamps or tiki torches (used in moderation) are OK.

Bugs are often a problem at night and several manufactures offer lights that discourage or repel flying pests. Sometimes a bright light, strategically placed in a tree a bit away from the patio or deck will help keep these insects occupied elsewhere rather than with your guests.

Above all, keep in mind that you want to create a magic environment that will encourage visitors to congregate and socialize late into the evening.

Selecting Outdoor Living Patio Furniture For Home Decoration

A complete home is one which apart from having well furnished rooms and luxurious facilities also has a beautiful patio which is well decorated and replete with some basic amenities. Outdoor patio furniture has now become an essential thing. And to cater to this need various new outdoor products are now available in the outdoor living stores. These outdoor patio stores offer varied range of options in different categories including size, quality and cost. One can easily find outdoor living products suited to different size of terrace or patio. This furniture enhances the joy of owning a patio. But while choosing particular outdoor patio furniture for home decoration three factors viz. comfort, versatility and effective application should be taken into consideration. Also the choice should be made in context with the size of the patio and its styling. This is very important because a bad choice can make your outdoor living product look like a misfit in the surrounding.

Different types of outdoor living patio furniture

Some of the outdoor living patio furniture options currently in vogue are Hammocks, Bistro sets, Benches, Settees and Gliders, Kids outdoor furniture, outdoor tables, umbrellas and bases, Outdoor Lounges and chairs, Patio furniture cushions and pillows, Screen rooms and other shelters.

Hammocks- No patio is complete without a hammock. The old and young alike, both have a fancy for it. Lot of variety is available in this type of outdoor product range. It includes various kinds of Hammock Poly rope swing, Hammock hang HDW pack and SGL Hammock stand and much more.

Bistro sets- Polished, elegant and embellished Bistro sets enliven the ambience of a patio. Glass top or textured wood top, both look good if matched with other furniture in the patio. Bucktown Bistro set, English Ivy Bistro set, Bridgeview balcony set and Uptown Balcony set are some of the Bistro sets which have high demand in the market.

Outdoor Lounges and chairs- One of the mostly used outdoor products are outdoor Lounges and chairs. The most common products in this range are Wood chairs, Folding chairs, Wrought iron chairs, Wicker and Resin chairs, Aluminum and Steel chairs.

Outdoor tables- An outdoor table is common outdoor living patio furniture. Even in houses where the patio is not decorated enough, an outdoor table is kept in the center or at the corner. The various types of outdoor tables available in the outdoor living stores are Picnic tables, Wood tables, Wicker and Resin tables, Wrought Iron tables, Steel and Aluminum tables.

Patio furniture cushion and pillow- This includes a vast range of covers for various chairs and tables and also decorative cushions and pillows to give colorful and decorated look to the patio. The range in this section comprises of Table cover of different sizes, chair covers, Wick chair cover, Chaise cover and pillows and cushions in varied colors and sizes.

Relieving Stress With High Quality Outdoor Patio Furniture

Even though many people do not realize it, outdoor portions like patio, porch and such other areas are also very important part of the home. Of course home owners and even home makers forget at times making their appropriate improvement. On the other hand well designed outdoor area and patio can relieve a lot of stress of the home owner. Simultaneously it brings up issues of quality sets, patio umbrella, quality chairs, and quality patio benches that can render the patio beautiful.

Benefits

Some of the major benefits that a beautiful patio can render for the homeowners are –

• Decorating and designing the outdoor areas of homes and patio will create a favorable impression in the minds of guests and visitors.

• Outdoor patio furniture can also be used for converting the patio into a good dining area in favorable weather.

• A nice set of commercial patio furniture will not only make the patio look beautiful but also help make them entertainment center in the house.

• Major advantage is that by this way the outdoor areas in the house that are seldom used can be used for the benefit of the home owner.

Factors for Consideration in Buying Furniture

Some of the factors for consideration for the buyer buying the furniture are –

• Outdoor patio furniture bought should perfectly match the furniture in the house.

• Considerable amount of time and money needs to be invested in improving the neglected areas of the house like the patio. In such cases it would be good looking for items like quality chairs and quality patio umbrella that would accomplish the objective.

• One has to take care of the price, features, durability, and quality in the set they are using for the purpose.

• Styles, designs, colors, and finish all matter but above all the outdoor furniture need to be immune to climatic influences and should also be durable.

Achievement of True Goal

Whatever the furniture chosen, it would be good keeping in sight the true goal for getting the desired satisfaction and relaxation. An enjoyable evening in the backyard can be achieved by focusing on quality patio furniture.

A sensibly decorated in affordable style could be the perfect solution for a homeowner.