Our outdoor spaces have become very much part of our homes over the last few years. While lockdown taught us the value of gardens – whatever their size – we have continued to embrace the trend for al fresco living. STYLE has teamed up with leading Birmingham lighting store Litecraft to offer advice on getting your glow on this summer.
To create the perfect ambiance for Prosecco evenings with pals or a romantic night under the stars it’s important to focus on the type of lighting you use. While the evenings may be drawing out, the correct outdoor illumination is the easiest way to set the mood after the sun sets (or golden hour as it’s known on Instagram!). In addition to making areas safer and easier to navigate, lighting also gives you the opportunity to put your own stamp on your space and zone specific entertainment areas.
The key to a successful scheme is to start from the bottom. Adding clever lighting options at ground level can make your space feel bigger, especially when used in your borders or along pathways. For patios and decking, lanterns are very much on-trend for the season thanks to their cosy, intimate glow. For overhead, you can utilise spaces on brick walls, fences and even trees to bring your garden to life at night.
STYLE’S LITECRAFT FAVOURITES
Wall lighting: Update your outdoors with the Mersey Outdoor Wall Lantern. It’s contemporary design features a simple rectangular fitting with clear glass panes around a single light bulb. It’s also IP44 rated to protect against water and dust.
Pathway lighting: The Nura LED 360° Post Bollard Light gives you extra lighting in a stylish yet practical way. Ideal for using along a pathway or drive, it also gives you additional security while still keeping an aesthetic look.
Hanging Lanterns: You can place these in different spots throughout your garden depending on the atmosphere you want to achieve. The stylish Rockford Outdoor 1 Light Tapered Square Hanging Lantern in stainless steel will give an effective spread of light to the surrounding area.
Outdoor heating: OK, so you can’t always count on the British summer, but by adding extra warmth you can enjoy your garden space even when the temperatures drop. The 1200 Watt Free Standing Outdoor Heater gives you additional heat when those balmy evenings or chilly mornings aren’t quite playing ball.
LITECRAFT’S TOP TIPS ON GARDEN LIGHTING
Function: Do you need lighting for additional security, purely decorative or a bit of both? To deter intruders take advantage of PIR sensors to give you extra peace of mind. For something more atmospheric, opt for subtle styles such as recessed lighting.
Location: While security lighting will be a permanent fixture, for more ambient style opt for decorative pieces that you can move around – such as spike lights or a stylishly placed group of lanterns.
Sizing: For large spaces floodlights are the ideal choice, while more intimate areas can be created with smaller wall lights that provide gentle illumination.
Power Source: Electrical lighting is used for permanent fixtures and may require a professional to carry out the job safely so it complies with UK standards. Solar and battery powered are simpler options as they don’t require any wiring.
INDOOR LIGHTING BEST BUYS
As well as a full range of garden lighting, Litecraft stocks an impressive range of products that ensure the inside of your home is just as stylish as the outdoors.
The Erdington showroom has an extensive collection from BHS, from sophisticated pendants to cosy bedside lamps so you can light your home in style. The former high street giant has long been recognised for offering quality, value and design, so you’ll be spoilt for choice whatever your budget. There are endless colourful choices for the kids too, including nursery lighting and cute night lights from Glow – perfect for creating the most relaxing and fun space for the little ones. Who could resist a glow in the dark unicorn or a wood-effect Dinosaur lamp!
Style loves: Fancy a bit of Boho? The Pilli Beaded Chandelier ticks all the boxes! It’s beaded design and natural finish gives off a warming tone, making it ideal for a sanctuary-worth bedroom or living room.
EXCLUSIVE STYLE OFFER
If we’ve inspired you to add stylish lighting, here’s a special treat for Style readers – we’re offering a tempting discount with Litecraft. The first 50 customers to quote “STYLEwithLITE” when shopping at the Erdington store will enjoy 25% off any purchase (in-store only, subject to T&Cs*). But don’t worry if you miss out, as you can still get 20% off for until the end of June 2022.
You’ll find Litecraft at 35 Sutton New Road, B23 6TD. The store’s opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Sundays from 11am-5pm (viewing from 10:30am). Call 0121 373 3333 for more details.
*Terms & conditions: Offer available in-store only at Litecraft, 35 Sutton New Road, B23 6TD. Not in conjunction with any other offers. The first 50 customers quoting “STYLEwithLITE” receive a 25% discount on purchases and 20% thereafter. Offer ends 30 June 2022.