When it comes to designing our dream homes, most of us tend to focus on what’s happening indoors. But, once we’ve got that down, it’s time to take a look at what’s happening outside. Especially in these days, when any social experience is more than likely happening out-of-doors, perhaps around a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, it seems like every outdoor space—even a balcony—is an opportunity to create someplace warm and inviting—and that means paying attention to the lighting.
After all, if you have ever scrolled through Instagram and seen all the great backyard ideas to illuminate outdoor spaces, then you know that the right lights can make even a cramped, out-of-the-way spot seem almost magical. The options are endless. (Even better to open up a small backyard!) Whether you have a sprawling seaside green space or a narrow apartment overlook, Instagram users near and far have ideas of how you can decorate it.
Because it’d be pretty cruel to tell you all of this without actually showing you some evidence, we rounded up the best outdoor lighting ideas to help make the most of every inch of your real estate. If you’re looking for warm-weather ideas, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for ways to cozy up outside with candlelight in the middle of fall, we’ve got that too. Have we captured your attention? Good. Keep scrolling to find the whimsical outdoor lighting that suits your fancy.