In the past few months, we’ve written about several types of projects you can do around the home to boost its value or enhance its curb appeal. Today, we’re going to talk about another upgrade that can add another “wow” factor to your home.
In an article for HouseLogic.com, writer David Toht says that well-executed outdoor lighting can enhance architectural details and play up landscape feature. Additionally, he says, outdoor lights add value. In fact, outdoor lighting has been said to yield a 50% return for upper-bracket homes. But that’s not all. Outdoor lighting also protects against intruders and falls. Sounds like a great idea, right? It is, but only if you execute. Below, we’ve shared some tips from Toht to help you create a beautiful outdoor lighting scheme.
Highlight trees: Toht says that trees make stunning features when illuminated from below or using a light mounted in the tree to give it presence.
Use uplights: Uplighting is a great way to highlight architectural and landscaping features at your home.
Have a focus: The entryway of a home is often center stage, says Toht.
Combine beauty and function: Toht recommends adding lighting to plantings along a pathway to break up the “runway” look of too many lights strung alongside a walk.
Vary the fixtures: Spotlights and floods are the workhorses, but designers also use area lights, step lights, and bollards or post lights.
Stick to warm light: Most designers avoid anything but warm white light, says Toht, which showcases the home and its landscape rather than creating a light show.
Orchestrate: Timers can bring the display to life as the sun sets, says Toht.