Create Outdoor Magic With String Lighting

Summer is in full swing, and outside parties are in their peak. Every night as I descend upon my outside patio, I thank my lucky stars for string lights which whimsically resemble… well, blessed stars. The easy, cost-effective and nonpermanent outdoor lighting method has transformed my garden also can transform yours too! Whether strung in trees, on the exterior of your home, from sticks or on an arbor, they make an ordinary garden look magical. Offered in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations, they are a fantastic means to scatter a small light onto your outside evening party.

Vivid Design Group

Hung in a grid layout, outdoor string lighting can create the illusion of a courtyard.

Easton Michael Smith

A screened-in porch is an excellent setting for string lights with a paper color, because you don’t have to worry about them getting wet. The Paper Lantern Store offers allure identical to the black shades shown here.

Third Nature Studio

Rows of clear globe string lights are secured onto a modern backyard arbor in Templeton, California, ready to light up a Wine Country night.


Hung directly above an outside dining table, twinkle lighting can light an evening supper.

Chelsea Construction Corporation

These are reminiscent of Ballard Designs’ Cafe String Lights, with every bulb’s light reflected off a petal-shape galvanized colour.

Studio H Landscape Architecture

If your garden is anything like mine (lacking trees), then it is possible to still bedazzle your patio area with rope lighting by installing sticks to attach the strings to. You can even create temporary sticks by installing them in weighted buckets.

Richard Hughes Design, Architect

Take advantage of trees on your house to attach the light strings to. Designer Richard Hughes intelligently utilized both the property’s exterior and a large tree in the yard.

Risinger Homes

The team in Risinger Homes combined outdoor string lights with a color sail to create dramatic overhead patio specifics in Austin, Texas.

Heather ODonovan Interior Design

When paired with modern materials, string lighting takes on a newfangled border. Trina Turk’s Super Paradise Print in Driftwood combines superbly with world string lights.

Natalie Younger Interior Design, Allied ASID

Outdoor string lighting makes sense on Maui, Hawaii, where the weather is hot throughout the year.

Mell Lawrence Architects

Strung above a pool, lights deliver double the twinkle throughout reflection.

HighCraft Builders

String lights are attached right to the arbor’s rafters, though a built-in fire pit offers additional night lighting.

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