Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Preparing to Fall Back: Outdoor Lighting Plans for Darker Evenings (Preparing for Daylight Savings)

Daylight savings time will come to an end in November. The evenings will be colder and darker. Brr! Don’t worry though, I’ve put together a list of the best winter lighting options for this year.

Cast a warm glow on cold nights with flameless candles and metal lanterns

Cast a warm glow on cold nights with flameless candles and metal lanterns | Photo from French Country Cottage

Take a look:

1. Outdoor Pendant Lights

Outdoor pendant lights in classic silhouettes and matte white, black or bronze finishes grew popular this year. To add a romantic touch, hang these outdoor pendants lights from trees in a technique called moonlighting.

2. Outdoor Sconces

Trendy and sophisticated, hang outdoor sconces in deep metal tones in front of entranceways. Perfect for Winter, they’ll work well with a vintage or antique look. To add your own unique touch, use some beads or crystals as decorative accents!

3. Outdoor Track Lighting

Outdoor track lights are good options for lighting up your porch, patio or gazebo. Choose outdoor track lighting with LED bulbs, since these are brighter and last a lot longer than traditional incandescent bulbs (they’re eco-friendly too!).

4. Recessed Outdoor Lights

Use recessed outdoor lights to illuminate pathways, stairs or exterior walls. To highlight garden fountains and statues, install recessed outdoor lights at ground level and pointed them upwards in a technique called uplighting.

One final tip

For a more festive touch for the season, decorate your entryway with pre-lit wreaths and pre-lit topiaries. Although it’s nearing the end of 2011, it’s never too late to update your look. Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.