Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Backyard

Caroline Inge

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

Add color to your deck with lighting and more

Warm summer nights should be enjoyed outdoors. But to do that, you’ll need to incorporate lighting into your outdoor space. During our Patio Style Challenge this spring, our bloggers incorporated lighting in several different ways. Here are a few of their outdoor lighting ideas.

Hang string lights

In the photo above, Whitney of The Curtis Casa added custom iron posts to her deck so that she could easily string bistro lights, giving her deck a warm and romantic feel. We love the way they look next to the potted Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree.

Wooden posts used to hang string lights on a deck

Bryn added wooden posts to her brick patio so that she could easily string lights. We love the laid-back feel it gives to her classically styled space.

A patio with outdoor string lights is the perfect spot for a romantic night in

Posts make it easy to string globe lights on an outdoor patio

Dana of the blog House*Tweaking used top rail fencing with a looped end cap to support her string lights. Anchored in cement, these bases are portable, so they can be moved around Dana’s patio to accommodate a larger seating area or party!

Light candles

Taper candles in a chandelier hung above a lush, modern backyard patio space

In his lush backyard, Courtney of Courtney Out Loud added candles to an old chandelier to bring soft lighting to his space. With taper candles, there’s no need for electricity!

Hanging lanterns with votives in small outdoor space with the Hampton Bay Fenton Chat Sat

With two hanging lanterns filled with votives, Jewel of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love brought a little mood lighting to this small space.

Incorporate faux lighting

Bright chandelier hung from colorful deck from Kristin of The Hunted Interior

In some cases, your outdoor space may get plenty of light from inside, or even from existing flood lighting around your home. If that’s the case, don’t miss an opportunity to create a focal point outdoors. We love the way Kristin of The Hunted Interior hung a bright pink chandelier over the dining table in her outdoor room.

Tole chandeliers hanging above front porch dining area from Grace of A Storied Style

Because of existing lanterns on her covered front porch, Grace of A Storied Style didn’t need any additional lighting. Instead she used some statement-making tole chandeliers to bring drama to her outdoor dining spot.

All of our talented Style Challenge bloggers designed spaces that fit their needs but also suited their personalities. Among the 18 different spaces in our Style Challenge, you’re sure to find one that suits your style. For more patio inspiration, go browse them all! And follow our Home Depot Style Challenge board on Pinterest, too, for new decorating ideas.