Improve your home’s curb appeal with these lighting tips

Curb appeal – it’s something everyone wants their home to have yet few people know how to achieve it using lighting. To make your home stand out in an impressive way to approaching guests or passers-by, well-considered outdoor lighting is key.

Uplight architecture to add dimension
Use uplights to highlight your home’s best features and add dimension. By strategically positioning fixtures you can accentuate pillars, stonework, arches and any other interesting architectural features. Just be sure not to shine the light directly into any of your home’s windows. You may have to play around with angling the beam but when done correctly this type of light makes your home look impressive to anyone approaching or driving by.

Silhouette landscaping features
Silhouetting is another technique used to enhance the curb appeal of the front of home. It involves positioning light fixtures in a way that create a silhouette effect out of trees and bushes.

Create contrast of light and shadow
If the front of your home does not have any interesting architectural features and the landscaping is boring you can create visual interest by using lighting to create areas of contrasting light and shadow. This technique is particularly useful if you have moved into a newly built home and are waiting for your plants and trees to grow.

Use downlights to create a moonlight effect
Install downlights high up in trees or on tall structures to give the impression of moonlight washing over this area. This lighting should be gentle, creating a soft glow that may guide guests up to the front door or illuminate pretty flower beds.

Cross light architectural or landscaping features
While shadows add dimension they can also make certain features look harsh. Avoid this by using the cross lighting technique. This requires the lighting of an object, for example, a garden statue, using two separate fixtures in order to achieve a softer, more subtle lighting effect.

Select fixtures in an appropriate style
While outdoor lighting is functional when switched on, it also needs to look cohesive during daylight hours. Select fixtures that complement each other and the style of your home. Consider the materials used and the colour of the fixtures. For example, rustic farm-style fixtures may look out of place in the garden of a modern contemporary home.

Use a timer
Install your lighting on a timer. If you’re having guests over in the evening you may be so busy preparing things inside the house that you forget to simply flick a few switches to turn on your landscape lighting. This means your guests will arrive to a dark exterior and won’t see your impressive lighting setup on arrival.

It’s also a safety concern. While outdoor lighting enhances your home’s curb appeal it also plays a vital role in safety and security. Having it set to a timer means that you won’t arrive home to darkness and your home and garden will be illuminated when you’re away.

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