4 Elegant Ways to Light Up Your Terrace

In theory, lighting a terrace should be pretty simple. But doing it in an elegant and intelligent way is a whole different story. To help you get started, we want to show you some different ideas for your terrace.
4 Elegant Ways to Light Up Your Terrace

Last update: 11 March, 2020

Lighting is a fundamental part of any terrace. If it’s too dark, you won’t be able to enjoy it to the full. It’d be difficult to sit out late eating dinner and drinking cocktails with friends on a warm summer evening if you can barely see. To avoid this problem, we want to show you some of the different ways you can light up your terrace.

1. Light up your terrace with integrated lights

Integrated lighting.

Integrated lights are perfect for lighting up any terrace. You can hide them in different objects in and around the space so that they don’t steal the spotlight from any other decorative elements.

Where you place them will ultimately determine where the attention will be focused. This is an important point to keep in mind, as you can use your lights to highlight specific areas, such as a swimming pool or flowerbed.

The best thing about integrated lights is that there are so many different ways to install them, from the traditional to the avant-garde. Some of the most popular options include using them to create illuminated paths or installing them at different heights along the walls.

Another advantage is that you don’t have to worry about aesthetics, as the lights will be completely hidden. Trying to find lights that work well with the style of your terrace can make decorating difficult, but with these integrated lights, this won’t be an issue.

Normally, a lamp that works perfectly in one space can look totally out of place in another. However, if you use integrated lights to light up your terrace, you won’t even need to think about this.

2. Strip lighting

Strip lighting.

One elegant solution is to install strip lighting around the edge of your terrace. As you can see in the image above, the results can be truly spectacular.

The resulting light is warm but powerful enough to make sure you can enjoy dinner and drinks with family and friends.

Plus, by framing the area with light, your entire terrace is perfectly lit, with no dark corners. The only downside to this type of lighting is that it’s not recommended for small terraces.

This is because it can make the space seem even smaller than it is. In these cases, it’s best to look for another type of lighting, that doesn’t create any sort of visual barrier between the terrace and the outside world.

3. Light up your terrace with fairy lights

Fairy lights to light up your terrace.

If you’re looking for lighting that’s both elegant and romantic, fairy lights are the perfect option for you. While it’s true that they don’t produce very powerful light, that’s precisely what makes them so charming. Plus, there’s always the option of complementing your fairy lights with other types of lighting.

As you can see in the photo above, fairy lights can work well on small terraces, and the additional lanterns on the floor help create a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Another advantage of using lanterns to light up your terrace is that they’re so easy to install, and you can put them almost anywhere you like.

4. Recessed lighting fixtures and white ceilings

Light up your terrace with recessed lights.

And last, but not least, we want to look at recessed wall lights. This might be one of the simplest options, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting when it comes to lighting up terraces.

On their own, these lights wouldn’t be all that powerful, and you would be forced to install several to illuminate your terrace properly. This would quickly make the space feel overcrowded, and the overall look wouldn’t be as good.

To solve this problem, designers have come up with a clever solution: paint the ceiling white, so that it reflects the light. That way, your terrace will look a lot brighter, without you having to overload your space with additional lights.

Intelligent lighting for your terrace

Pool lighting.

So far, we’ve mainly talked about the different lighting options you can use for your terrace. In this final section, we’ll be focusing less on aesthetics and more on some basic tips to help create the perfect lighting:

1. Using energy-saving light bulbs will help you save money and take care of the planet. While it’s true they can be a little more expensive than standard light bulbs, they tend to have a longer working life.

2. Light colors help project more light. That way, you won’t have to install more light bulbs than necessary.

3. If your terrace receives direct sunlight, you can use solar-powered lights that use sunlight to recharge. You won’t have to worry about a thing, and you’ll be able to save money on your electric bill.

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