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Outdoor decks are wonderful spaces to host grand parties or enjoy a quiet evening to yourself. In any case, the lighting used in these areas are essential for creating practical and beautiful spaces. Since decks have so much potential for their uses and styles, there are unlimited possibilities for different lighting schemes and styles. To gain inspiration for your specific deck, look at 25 of our best outdoor deck lighting ideas and advice for creating your ideal deck.
Brick is a classic architectural finish, and to highlight its natural warm tones, a matte black or dark lantern can be mounted on the walls. Lanterns themselves are classic in their style, so they can highlight a home that is traditional, cottage, transitional, or some other style that has an appreciation for timeless lighting fixtures.
The lights that you choose for your deck can inspire your other decor, or the decor can inspire your lights. Regardless, having repeated imagery through lanterns, candles, and dark finishes in the decor and sconces help can help define your space as a thematically consistent, fully realized deck.
Step and stair lights are great options for highlighting walkways and creating safe passages. These lights often direct light down and out to cover a wider area on steps, but they can also be placed along flat surfaces to define the path. This oasis shows how effective a few well placed lights are in creating light, highlighting the nearby landscaping, and showing off the beautiful ground.
Outdoor dining areas need proper lighting, but they also need airflow to create comfortable spaces. Sometimes ceiling fans alone are enough to fulfill both those roles, but in other cases, you can use both pendant lights and ceiling fans to create a functional dining space. When you do use different lighting types and fixtures, be sure that they do not compete with one another by being placed too closely or at the same height; instead, find a balance like this modern deck.
Architecture, furniture, and accents can feature similar imagery and motifs to create a thematically consistent space. In this deck, geometric shapes and lines are prominent in every part of the space. That includes the lights, which feature geometric shapes different from those shown elsewhere in the room. Even if the shapes are different, you can use shapes to reinforce the overall theming and style of your deck and create a consistent style.
Unlike the last deck, this one features a fan stationed over each key area. This works in many ways, since it is a long deck that needs more airflow and lighting. If your deck is similar to this one, then be sure to intentionally set up lighting fixtures and fans to coordinate with nearby seating/dining areas to create the best style impact and balance.
Lantern lights are extremely versatile lights fitting for a variety of styles. Traditional, farmhouse, coastal, transitional, and cottage are a few of the most popular styles that can benefit from the presence of lantern lights. Since these lights are diverse in their shapes, finishes, and detailing, you can create a unique deck with these timeless lighting fixtures.
Even if your deck has multiple areas for seating, dining, and socializing, you can actively choose to use one light to cover the entire deck or define a specific area. In this traditional deck, a singular pendant light is placed above the table to define that area as unique. Since this placement coincides with the middle of the deck, it is a natural placement in many regards.
Contemporary and modern architecture may use straightforward, linear shapes to define their aesthetic. When these fixtures naturally highlight different materials, textures, and colors, it is wise to use subtle lighting fixtures to highlight the space. That way, there is still practical lighting, but it does not detract from the architecture of the building.
Lights should be chosen for their practicality and how they add to the lighting scheme of your deck, but you can go one step further by choosing lights that coordinate with other exterior lights. That way, no matter what perspective you are viewing the deck from, you can appreciate all the home's lights for their consistent style and intentional design.
Light fixtures on their own are beautiful accents with their unique structures and materials. However, another area to consider is the shadows that they cast. The casing around the light impacts the dispersal of light over all areas, and then the furniture placement also creates natural shadows. Although this may seem like a small facet, the way the fixture spreads light and creates shadows impacts the tone and ambiance of the deck at night.
The finish presented on your fans or lighting fixtures heavily impact its overall tone and aesthetic. In this case, the fans highlight unpolished, textured finishes that come across as rusticated and homey. This finish is appropriate for this space, since the furniture, rugs, and plants all add varying textures to the space. Whatever style goal you have, be sure to consider the finish of your fixtures to ensure they fit your space's overarching aesthetic.
When hanging pendant lights and chandeliers are placed by nearby walls and architectural features, the lights can connect to that style through similar materials, shapes, or structures. In this case, the deck has arched walls that are complemented by the arch formation of the lights. Even if this is not the exact design of your porch, you can still choose lights that complement the architecture in some way.
Symmetry is a common design method for making things feel neat and orderly. Incorporating symmetry into your deck's lighting is a great way to create that tone, especially if it complements the symmetry of the home itself. Even if the home or deck does not have perfect symmetry, adding in some visual balance can still make a large impact on the space.
One lighting fixture or lighting type typically isn't enough to brighten a large deck. In these cases, you can use more than one chandelier or pendant light to illuminate the deck. However, if you use other lights alongside those like wall sconces, floor lamps, or table lamps, consider using lights from the same collection or designer to create a cohesive design.
Two important facets to consider with deck lighting is how and where the lights are being directed. With these wall lights from dweLED by WAC Lighting, the light is cast downward and against the home to create functional lighting and ambiance. The temperature of that light can convey a warm tone, a cool tone, or mimic sunlight to create very different moods. Therefore, it is essential to consider the lighting temperature of your outdoor fixtures to ensure the space conveys the proper tone.
With these 25 outdoor lighting ideas for decks, you have now seen many different ways to furnish and illuminate deck areas. Whether you are adding fixtures to an outdoor kitchen, dining space, or seating area, you now have the inspiration and knowledge to create your ideal deck or patio with outdoor lights.
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