Hey all, I’m over on the World Market blog with some lighting inspiration for summer nights; check it out to see how to get perfect outdoor lighting in three easy steps! I created the cozy patio space you see above on my tiny back deck, and I’ve been looking forward to bedtime EVEN MORE than usual so the hubs and I can catch up out here (since the baby monitor is still within range – yess!) Here’s a boutique that I hope inspires you to create your own little cozy outdoor nook:
And we’re not done yet! There are so many crazy-cool choices for brightening up your outdoor space, I rounded up the best picks to add personality to your patio. If sexy isn’t a word you’d associate with outdoor lighting, you haven’t seen these!
Whether battery-powered or actual fire (best when the littles are tucked in!), these are some seriously modern, undeniably sexy lights for warm summer nights best spent outside.
Torch – Orchos Wide Garden Torch – This ain’t your grandma’s tiki torch. Forget whatever associations your had of retro kitsch and check out the sleek lines and modern finish on this one. I love that it has a little snuffer attached – so classy. I’d use these to flank a small patio, or along a walkway leading to your chill-out spot.
String Lanterns – Anthropologie Skylark Lanterns – This gorgeousness is the essence of relaxed, boho-chic luxury that’s perfect for summer. The aqua/coral/navy tassel color scheme is spot on with the warm copper lanterns. Think of it like a beautiful statement necklace for your space!
Ceramic Lantern – IMAX Essentials Irresistable Lantern – Geometric lanterns like these cast cool shadows and are a great anchor point next to your outdoor seating. Word to the wise: I’d definitely use an outdoor LED candle if it’s on the ground. It comes in a bunch of colors, but the purple lantern is a rare find and the eggplant color would look smashing against any kind of outdoor greenery.
Portable Fireplace – Anywhere Fireplace Lexington Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace – Did you guys know these portable fireplaces were a thing? I did not, but they’re brilliant! This would be a showstopper on your patio table, and you could also use it inside in the winter to cozy things up.
Metal Lantern – Terrain Punched Gunmetal Lantern – It’s all about creating atmosphere and setting the mood when it comes to outdoor lighting, and this pretty little lantern doesn’t disappoint. I love the rustic metal tone and randomly placed pinholes that make interesting shadows.
I found so many fun, modern outdoor lighting picks that didn’t fit into the post, so here are my top choices for outdoor string lights, lanterns, fireplaces, torches and more!
I’ll send happy thoughts for an easy bedtime routine so you can get to enjoying your outdoor spot ASAP!