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Deck Lighting Ideas

The right deck lighting can make all the difference when it comes to outdoor entertaining and creating a welcoming outdoor space once the sun sets. There are many ways to use lighting to your advantage to elevate the exterior design of your deck. Whether you are looking for ways to create visual symmetry for your two-story deck or a simple solution for your next deck party, we will take you through many trendy ideas to enhance your deck with the right lighting choice.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes deck lighting can be as simple as the soft glow of a lantern. A portable lantern is easy to move wherever you are and sets a cozy, intimate mood in the outdoor space.

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Get Creative

If you want to add a contemporary feel to your deck choose lighting that experiments with traditional notions of design. Outdoor floor lamps with sleek structures and unique shapes will pop with modern creativity, producing an imaginative vibe for exterior spaces that need a splash of personality.

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Go Big or Go Home

In some cases, bigger is better, especially if you have a spacious deck or are entertaining a large party. Oversized outdoor floor lamps will provide more than enough illumination while catching the eye with their unique style. Make sure to place floor lamps strategically around seating arrangements to disperse light evenly around the space.

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Modern Deck Mood

For a modern moody deck built and furnished in dark tones, consider an outdoor lamp that has that same bit of drama. Play off of the intensity of the space with an outdoor floor lamp with a dark woven shade.

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Deck Wall Lighting

Don't overlook wall lighting when considering how to illuminate your deck. Whether you have a two-story or upper deck, look for wall lights that will provide both uplighting and downlighting to properly brighten the space. Neutral tones work great for decks featuring stonework or outdoor fireplaces.

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Look Above

Give a covered deck an indoor-outdoor feel with a large outdoor pendant. They're an excellent way to light up dining areas because they provide adequate coverage while freeing up floor space for entertaining.

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Adjustable Outdoor Wall Sconces

When you're short on deck space you can also look to the walls to enhance lighting. An adjustable outdoor wall light with a long arm is a perfect way to allow the illumination to reach every inch of the deck. Don't shy away from adding a splash of color either, which can add a playful vibe to the atmosphere.

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Downward Deck

Wall lights with a minimalist design are a perfect way to light up a deck while blending in with outdoor features such as climbing ivy or potted plants. Downward concentrated light illuminates common areas while not taking away from natural elements. LED lights are especially beneficial since they shine brighter while using less energy.

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Deck Lighting Meets Landscape

Deck lighting can also work as landscape lighting to brighten the best of the outdoors. Place downlights along walls or columns to accentuate the natural and organic elements of your outdoor space like gardens or potted plants. Use wall lights with earth tones like brown or grays to blend in seamlessly.

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Harmonize the Look

One of the best ways to ensure balance with your outdoor lighting is to choose synchronous lighting designs. Harmonize your two-story deck with matching light fixtures. For a seamless look, choose complimentary wall lights surrounding doors and entryways that offer a mix of traditional and modern design elements.

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Subtle Features Matter

Walls lights with clean lines and organic geometric forms work splendidly for decks with contemporary themes. Subtle features like chrome accents or crackled glass can make a big difference in the look and feel of the outdoor space, especially if you are looking to accentuate your modern style.

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All Lined Up

Use architectural or exterior design features to play off your light fixtures. Experiment with shape and structure, such as selecting sleek, rectangular wall lights that align with slim, rectangular windows. This way you can balance the extra illumination with natural light to ensure there are no empty shadows in the space.

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Modern and Durable

A simple, highly functional wall light against the rustic grains of a wood deck accentuates contemporary vibes. Make sure the material of your light fixture will withstand the elements, such as aluminum, which is durable for year-round weather conditions.

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Modern Path Lighting

Sleek step lights can provide proper illumination for walkways but also highlight the rich geometric patterns of stonework. Use matching rectangular wall lights around doorways to cast light at entry points. Dark light fixtures offer a look of modern sophistication when reflecting off wood paneling.

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Good Contrast

Use columns and pillars to your advantage by using them as a vessel for extra illumination for your deck. A simple wall light can provide much needed downlighting without taking up valuable deck space. If your house features white or neutral walls, a dark outdoor wall light can offer a dash of dramatic flavor.

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Porch Perfect

Exterior design isn't always easy, but when you find the right outdoor wall light, stick with it. Coordinating your modern wall lamps will pop against stonework, and can add visual symmetry to multiple levels.

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Don't Overdo It

There's no need to go overboard when it comes to deck lighting. Sleek and slim wall lights take a minimalist approach to lighting up the night sky while entertaining on your deck. Using a dimmable or soft, warm glow will create a welcoming, intimate setting for parties and gatherings.

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Mind Your Step Lighting

Make the most of natural light while adding features like small step lights to enhance the illumination and atmosphere of the space. You can use the design of the deck to your advantage by adding simple lighting solutions where they are needed most.

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Stay Cool

You can have two for the price of one with an outdoor ceiling fan for your deck. Outdoor ceiling fans often come with lights to brighten up the space, while keeping you and your guests cool and comfortable all year long. Plus, dark wood fans blend in perfectly with wood decks and furniture.

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Industrial is In

If you are looking for an industrial style for your deck, choose modern floor lamps with designs that are reminiscent of the machine age. Exposed bulbs, metal frames, and structural silhouettes are some trendy features that will give off the raw, industrial vibe you are looking for.

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From step lights to outdoor pendants, landscape lighting to outdoor floor lamps, outdoor lighting plays a large role in the way you use the exterior spaces of your home. When choosing light fixtures for your deck make sure you check if they are damp-rated or wet listed so they will be suitable for weather all year long. LED deck lighting is another excellent option thanks to its energy efficiency and longevity.

 

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