Are you planning to add some outdoor lighting to your garden?
It can be a beautiful touch if you get it spot on. However, there are certain colours you should be avoiding, a group of experts have advised.
Gilly Craft, president of The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), LED expert Arthur Smith, garden designer Jane Hicks and architect Steve Reading all agreed that when you pick a shade, you're better off choosing a warmer colour and should avoid using the less natural, harsher whites and blues, which creates a 'creepy' edge to your garden.
Homeowners have been advised to avoid starker primary colours and should instead pick bulbs with a more yellow tone, as these give off a softer, calming atmosphere, Steve Read said.
When you’re styling your lights, the best thing to consider is to use upward illumination - otherwise called 'uplighting'.
If you happen to have a tree in your garden, a powerfully effective style can be created by placing a spotlight at the trunk's base, which can then shine through both the branches and canopy - it can then be used around the deck, paving slabs, or along pathways, to give off an attractive style.
Something else that was high on the agenda was ensuring you researched it and carefully planned it, with BIID president Gilly Craft saying: "The outdoor lighting plan should be thought about from the moment the garden design is first considered. It is no different from when designing an interior scheme, the lighting plan is an integral part of the overall look."
3 other tips to consider is:
- Use spotlights. These are a great way of illuminating water features.
- 'Moonlighting' trees and distinctive plants using lamps angled downwards is a stylish approach.
- Try threading strings of fairy lights among some topiary to create a nice vibe.
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