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Outdoor String Lighting Ideas

Outdoor string lighting is a trendy way to light up the night sky. Whether hanging above outdoor restaurants or over balconies, outdoor string lights are the no-hassle, no-fuss way to light up virtually any outdoor space quickly and easily. Their portability and flexibility make them a great option for entertaining, whether you’re hosting pool parties or backyard barbecues. Here, some “bright” ideas for making the most of your backyard or patio with outdoor string lights.

Like Fireflies

There’s nothing better on a summer night than taking a dip or relaxing by the firepit surrounded by the twinkle of fireflies. Well, it’s not fireflies; it’s actually outdoor string lighting. Characterized by small exposed light bulbs hanging in midair, they can easily be suspended over the pool, patio, and entire backyard to enhance the atmosphere of a perfect summer evening.

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Line Them Up

If you want to make your outdoor patio or deck brighter, without cluttering the space, arrange outdoor string lights into parallel straight lines several feet apart. This helps the space feel more orderly while creating a sense of visual balance and symmetry. Adding a few candles will accentuate the mood of a moonlit night.

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Just Hanging Out

Outdoor string lights are the perfect companion to any outdoor set up. Since these unique lights are portable, flexible, and adjustable, you can hang them virtually anywhere. Two lines of string lights hung between the trees is an easy and intimate way to light up a cozy resting spot, such as above a hammock.

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Quick and Simple Entertaining

If you are hosting a gathering, a quick, simple, and stylish way to light up the party is to hang outdoor string lights over the seating area. The flexibility of outdoor string lighting means you can hang the lights in any arrangement necessary to provide adequate illumination over the entire space.

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Natural Features

The Christmas tree isn’t the only tree that can benefit from string lights. Outdoor string lighting is a simple décor that can be gracefully suspended around trees to add a whole new element to your landscape lighting. Larger globe bulbs create a star-like effect above a cozy seating arrangement.

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Make the Most of Modern

Outdoor string lights can add to the modern design of your outdoor deck or patio. Just as modern minimalistic furniture features clean lines and organic forms, you can use the clean lines of outdoor string lights as part of the architectural design of your contemporary space.

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Criss-Cross Your Lighting

Outdoor string lighting provides a fast and easy way to bring a pop of brightness to any outdoor space. If you are missing landscape lighting from your backyard but want to entertain guests, all you have to do is hang some strings of outdoor lights. Criss-crossing two strands of lights over spacious areas will provide adequate coverage over the space.

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In Balance

Outdoor string lights work great for smaller patios, decks, and balconies too. If suspending lights over the deck, use the width of the house to create enough length for your lighting, as this helps establish the perception of visual balance.

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Wood Reflections

You can really make your modern home stand out by using outdoor string lights to highlight its architectural features, especially when the warm, soft glow reflects off of wood. Outdoor string lighting is an excellent alternative to outdoor ceiling lights since they require no-hassle installation and can be removed or rearranged at any time.

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A Decorative Touch

Outdoor string lights can be an easy way to add a decorative appeal to an outdoor bar or pool area. Stringing white tiered lights along a wood fence can add a rich visual dimension and artistic flair to the space while still looking elegantly modern.

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Shine in Stone

If you want to add a visual texture to your stone outdoor patio, use the boundaries of your space to adjust the arrangement of your outdoor string lights. They shine beautifully over stone patios or decks since they add a rustic, homey feel even with the modern décor.

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As a form of outdoor accent lighting, outdoor string lighting is a great way to add some ambiance and warmth to your modern patio or yard. Check to make sure if your lights are waterproof or damp-rated if you are going to use them around pools or leave them up through inclement weather.

For more YLighting ideas, see our Outdoor Lighting Ideas or follow our favorite outdoor lighting ideas on Pinterest.

 

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