Thoughtfully placed outdoor lighting can change the look of any home in the West Hollywood area. Lighting can also help you take advantage of the mild SoCal climate and make your yard and home a gathering space at night. Here are a few special outdoor lighting techniques for your home!
5 Outdoor Lighting Techniques to Highlight Your Home
1. Wall Washing
Wall wash lighting is a subtle glow seen on many buildings. Lights are placed several feet away from the home at a sideways angle. This gives a nice, even light across the space without many breaks or dark spots. This subtle ambient lighting is created by using wide-angle outdoor floodlights.
2. In-Ground Lighting
In-ground lighting flows with the landscape of a property quite nicely. It is best suited for permanent and semi-permanent structures, such as driveways, sidewalks, large trees, or walls. Most in-ground lights are spotlight fixtures placed close to the object or wall to deliver a bolder effect that will surely stand out.
Moonlighting is a natural way to light a space. You can achieve the technique by placing a large fixture high inside a mature tree, angled towards the ground. Using a full glare guard imitates the effect of a full moon shining down through the details of the branches and leaves. The shadow patterns on the ground are both natural-looking and mesmerizing!
4. Silhouetting and Shadowing
Silhouetting and shadowing are the perfect ways to showcase a featured object in your yard. Place a spotlight behind the item, facing the adjacent wall, creating a bright backdrop. The object will have a dark silhouette. Shadowing is similar; the goal is to use slightly dimmer lights to create a softer shadow. This technique is often used with trees or plants.
5. Path Lighting
Path lighting is a necessary addition to your yard. It is beautiful and helpful when navigating sidewalks, stones, or other walkways. It illuminates plant beds and other garden features as you walk along the path. Place small light fixtures along the edges of walkways and structures, but also where they will avoid being kicked, moved, or in the way.
Would you like professional landscaping lighting that will highlight your home and yard? We at Design Scapes are experienced lighting installers who can help you achieve a beautiful aesthetic day or night with our outdoor lighting techniques. Give us a call today for a consultation.