The addition of light can turn even the dreariest, most soulless of gardens into a glowing haven in which to enjoy those warm summer evenings. Wall lighting, water feature lighting and low-lit steps are all popular ways to create ambience and appeal, but for those of you who like to do things differently, here are three ways to bring your garden to life with light.
For most of us, a ‘quick dip’ consists of getting in the bath for all but fifteen minutes and getting on with our lives following this lacklustre event. Yet for a lucky few, heading out into the realm of a beautifully landscaped, relaxing garden retreat to take a dip in the sunshine is just a way of life. That said, a pool with no lighting is like chips without salt and vinegar (a crime). Adding a splash of colour to your pool with LED lighting will bring it to life in the most energy-efficient and discreet way – it also makes those dark evenings spent pool-side just that little bit safer. LED lighting allows for changing colour and will provide an ambience that does justice to your garden’s most indulgent asset
Take those stand-out garden features that wouldn’t ordinarily be seen in the dark and highlight them with some coloured lighting panels. In the day, these sleek panels work as an attractive decorative feature, but by night, they subtly illuminate to create a sense of theatre in the garden. Fit them behind trees, plants or water features and you can add a whole new layer to your garden. The shadows cast by branches will create a striking display whilst giving the illusion of depth and height. The garden of this private residence uses Spectraglass panels to provide even surface illumination, one of the most popular bespoke solutions in residential lighting.
Moving away from architectural lighting to the world of rustic, natural lighting and garden landscaping- a fire pit is a great asset to those who enjoy spending time amid the great outdoors. They work especially well in a pool-side scenario, bringing together two of the elements to create an entrancing spectacle. Crafted from stone, concrete or metal, a fire pit needn’t be elaborate. In fact, if you’re handy with a spade and have a keen eye for detail, you can even build your own. A fire pit will light up those evenings spent under the stars, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere even on the chilliest of nights.
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