The 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study revealed that renovating outdoor living spaces continues to be a high priority for homeowners: “Over half of homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours there per week (51%). Relaxing, gardening and entertaining are the top three uses of the space.”
This finding is no surprise, really. As our lives get busier, we tend to want places in our homes where we can unwind, with nature often the conduit.
The Houzz report further noted that as outdoor living continues to be a high priority, a trend taking center stage is outdoor lighting. The report says, “Outdoor lighting is the most common [system] upgrade, whether it is LED (28%), solar (23%) or other (17%).”
The rise of outdoor lighting is motivated by a rising interest in aesthetics and in home entertainment.
Outdoor Lighting: Enhancing Aesthetics & Landscape Design
Gone are the days of one light fixture at the front door and another at the back. Today’s luminary options are practically endless. Artisan gas fire pit tables and beautiful rope-lit water features serve as backyard focal points in neighborhoods across the country, while string lighting under the pergola and lighting integrated within the flower beds can serve as a soft and subtle backdrop.
Outdoor Lighting: Extending Entertainment
Integrating outdoor lighting into a landscape design allows homeowners to enjoy their beautiful outdoor space for an extended period of time. These innovative designs provide folks the ability to enjoy their space even when the sun goes down.
Even where no landscape lighting exists, post accent lights, as seen in the photo, can create the perfect ambiance for evening entertainment. Often, these lights are compatible with third-party dimmers and switches, so you can create the perfect level of lighting for any situation.
What’s next on the horizon for outdoor living? Only time will tell. However, we predict the rise of outdoor lighting is not fading anytime soon. This is due, in part, to advancements in LED technology and people’s desire to create beautiful outdoor spaces, increase home safety and security and find more ways to utilize their outdoor space – no matter the season.