There are few things more pleasing than an artfully lit landscape. Unique lighting effects in the garden can add drama in your outdoor place, but the challenge is to make it appear relatively natural. Enlightened’s skilled lighting designers aim to enhance the natural beauty of the property while individually customizing the landscape lighting design to your taste.
After the sun goes down, a well-executed outdoor lighting plan can showcase your garden design and home after dark. Once you have addressed the lighting for safety and security, you can start playing with the position and type of fittings to bring your outdoor space to life and create truly unique effects.
Accent lighting is a technique Enlightened uses to pick out your gardens most attractive features such as a group of trees or a sculpture you want to stand out in the evening light. By balancing illumination and shadow, you can give your property a sense of depth and visual interest creating a unique garden lighting design. Without the shadows, silhouettes and some natural contrast, your lighting can overwhelm the space.
Uplighting can be a simple way to illuminate trees or make a dramatic feature of any water elements you may have in the garden. Within high trees, consider installing soft downlighting to replicate the effect of moonlight filtering through the branches and foliage. Be careful to resist the temptation to light every tree in your yard or overdo the number of fittings making your garden look like a Christmas tree.
The artistic effect of shadowing can be achieved through lighting an object such as a sculpture or water feature from the front and below to cast shadows onto another surface. This can add drama to the space and create a distinctive mood. Perhaps it’s the form of an object you want to enhance. By concealing a light behind and below the focal you can create a striking silhouette. Be creative in your lighting and install two fittings placed in different directions to give even more dimensionality to a feature.
Water is a major feature in your garden that when illuminated can produce a dramatic effect. Underwater lighting in a pond or pool can create an atmospheric glow and enhance the mood of your space. You may want to heighten the drama by adding a wash of colour to the space. The water’s surface can be used to mirror other lights positioned near or besides it like the dappled lighting within a tree.
Highlighting architectural details can further enhance the unique appearance of your property. Wide beams of light aimed at a wall in the right position can create a wall wash, whilst a light used to graze a wall can create interesting highlights and shadows. At the same time as illuminating the textures and forms of your home, you can provide a little accent to nearby plants within your garden.
Lighting is one of the most effective ways to cast an enchanting spell on your outdoor space, illuminate a setting and create a distinctive mood. Don’t be afraid to get creative and play with the lighting in your garden to create a unique and inviting space.