NorthbridgeContemporary Garden, Sydney
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6. Black hides everything“Matching the colours of light fittings to the setting never works as well as you would expect it to, so generally, if we want to conceal a lighting it’s black or dark grey in a matt finish that won’t reflect the light,” says Locke.
Where should I position my outdoor lights?“First, we establish if there are any paths or stairs that need lighting for safety and practicality,” says Karen Rogers of KR Garden Design. “Then we concentrate on lighting the focal points of the garden, such as trees, water features and sculptures. We keep the rest of the lighting subtle.”Lee Bestall of Bestall & Co Landscape Design agrees. “The first phase is often based on a client’s lifestyle – for example, whether they keep a bike they use for commuting in the shed, have chickens that will need feeding in the dark winter months, or have wheelie bins at the bottom of a dark driveway,” says Bestall.Find a landscape architect or garden designer in your area on Houzz
9. LightingIf you love being in your backyard during the day, it can be even better when the sun goes down. The cooler temperatures at night make it a great hangout area and the right lighting makes it even more enjoyable. If you don’t have the funds for light installation, fairy lights or battery-powered candles will do the trick!More reasons to use outdoor lighting
Tiered terraces. This is a great idea for gardens on a slope. Steps link a serious of platforms for various activities – there’s an area for sun loungers, a spot for dining, and a garden bench to sit and pause a while. The water feature’s stepping stones are a fun detail that also serves to break up the paving expanses.
1. Extend your use of the gardenOutdoor lighting significantly increases your enjoyment of the garden so it can be used or viewed at night as well as in day. Today, many people work long hours and only see their gardens after dark during the week. If your outdoor space is largely a night garden, then lighting is an essential ingredient, along with scented plants, outdoor heaters or fireplaces and comfy seating. Like paving and other in-built outdoor elements, lighting is best planned before a garden is built. You can install a comprehensive lighting system in an established garden but you may need a skilled tradesman or lighting designer to help. If you’re not sure where to position lights initially, get mains power cabling laid to a central location in the garden so you can install a 12-volt transformer in the future. Use key paths to locate conduit and wiring.