Jun
18
2021

26 Fantastic lighting ideas for courtyard and patio

String lighting transforms your garden and fills it with a soft, romantic glow.

Whether you have a small patio or a large backyard, the right lighting arrangement makes the space more functional and inviting.

Once you’ve figured out how to add string lights to your home, turn to these 26 design ideas for ideas and inspiration.


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Adorable indoor / outdoor lighting design

Adorable indoor outdoor lighting design #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Make your screened porch and exposed patio feel like extensions of the same space by running identical white lights over each area.

Turn them on to make a cloudy afternoon brighter, or use them to expand the party area during a large gathering.

via U Fab

Balcony lighting with privacy curtains

Balcony lighting with curtains for privacy #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

If you live in an apartment, your outdoor space is likely to be limited.

Take inspiration from this clever decorator – with a few string lights and some white curtains you can enjoy romance and privacy on a small balcony.

Charming garden dining table with bright white candles

Charming garden dining table with bright white lights #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Do you want a beach-like atmosphere in your outdoor space?

Try using large, bright white string lights.

The extra surface area enhances the lighting and creates a feeling that is fresh and fun.

Charmingly lit entrance

Charmingly lit entrance #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Make guests feel welcome and at ease by adding string lights above your entrance.

The soft, warm light helps even a simple dinner party feel like a special event.

via Refinery 29

Cozy patio with dining area with fencing lights

Cozy patio with dining area with fencing # string lights # garden # garden # decoration house ideas

Fill your patio with a bright, cheerful glow by using string lights over your head and on the fence.

The extra bulbs amplify the lighting and give you plenty of light to play cards, enjoy dinner or hang out with friends.

via Apartment therapy

Drapery Pergola Lighting plus Fabric Roof

Draped Pergola Lighting plus Fabric Canopies # string lights # garden # garden # decoration house ideas

Do you have a bare wooden pergola?

This creative project combines white fabric canopies with simple string lighting. After dark, turn on the bulbs and watch the material glow.

via Howl

Elegant and affordable lighting for special occasions

Elegant and affordable lighting for special occasions #string lights #garden #garden #decorhomeideas

Are you hosting an outdoor wedding or party?

Create a ceiling with crossed white string lights to give the event an instant upgrade.

The design creates the perfect amount of ambient light for dancing, dining and cocktails.

Elegant Pergola string list

Elegant Pergola String Lights #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Create a dark and romantic atmosphere with minimalist string lighting.

Here, the homeowner pairs two strings with a few candles to create a beautiful spot for an outdoor date or a relaxing evening.

Elevated post lighting with hanging vines

Elevated post lighting with hanging vines #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Create a place for string lights on your deck by mounting tall, thin rods to the top of the posts.

Here, a stunning flowering vine and a paper umbrella create a sweet Japanese-inspired setting.

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Fence lighting upgrades your fire pit

Fence lighting upgrades your fire pit #string light #garden #farm #decorhomeideas

This project perfectly illustrates the power of the string light – a few wires on top of the fence make seating look elegant and cozy.

We love the layered look; the extra brightness shows the beauty of the wooden posts.

Light a magical garden path

Light a magical garden path #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

String lights are useful even when you have a limited amount of outdoor space.

Hang them along your walkway to set a whimsical and charming tone for a party or dinner with friends.

Pergola with an illuminated seating area

Pergola with an illuminated seating area #string lights #garden #garden #decorhomeideas

Here, a pair of string lights transforms a small pergola into an intimate seating area.

This DIY project is a cheap and easy way to enjoy your garden during the day and at night.

Read a book summer evenings, or invite a friend for a nice cup of tea.

Casual linear garden wall lighting

Casual linear garden wall lighting #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Show a stunning fence or garden wall with rows of string lights.

This beautiful arrangement is bright, but not dazzling – in fact, it can illuminate your entire patio.

Add a few ground lights for an extra touch of romance.

via HGTV

Romantic backyard Wedding reception Lighting

Romantic Backyard Wedding Reception Lighting #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Lift a relaxed backyard wedding reception by tightening lights across the room.

The parallel rows create a glowing ceiling so that the festivities can continue well when the sun goes down.

As a bonus, the soft lighting flatters your face in photos.

Romantic string candles and hanging jars

Romantic string lanterns and hanging pots # string string # garden # yard # decor house ideas

This impossibly beautiful arrangement uses two kinds of string lanterns – large bulbs hidden between the leaves make the tree shine, and small fairy candles sparkle from inside the pots.

Whether you are hosting a dinner party or a bridal shower, this romantic event is a fun DIY project.

via Home Stories at OZ

Simple DIY Deck String Lights

Simple DIY Deck String Lights #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Simple and elegant, this project illuminates a deck with only two light strings.

Attach the ends to your house and use two raised bars to lift the lights high above your seating area.

via Southern state of mind

String Lights make your porch more relaxing

String Lights make your porch more relaxing #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

A patio roof is a good shelter from the weather, but it can lead to a weak dining area.

Here, the homeowner uses a simple set of white lights to turn a simple cement terrace into a cozy space.

via Bower Power

Three light threads have great influence

Three light strings have great influence #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Want to upgrade your backyard with a budget?

This design proves that less is more – with just three strands of white string lights, it turns a simple patio into a magical outdoor dining area.

via Oh happy day

Small dining area with large globe lights

Small dining area with large globe lights #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

This adorable setup proves that you do not need a large garden to enjoy al fresco dining.

With a small picnic table and large globe lamps, this narrow walkway transforms into a place you will love to use.

Little white fairy light illuminates a dark corner

Tiny White Fairy Lights Brighten a Dark Corner #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Do you have a corner of the garden that is heavily shaded?

A canopy with small white lights can give the room space for life.

Turn them on to make the area brighter on a cloudy day, or turn the switch after dark to create an outdoor dining room or a relaxing space.

Twinkling Tree Lights and Hanging Lanterns

Twinkling Tree Lights and Hanging Lanterns #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

It gets no more magical than this garden wonderland.

The trick is to use more light strings; wrap them around the branches and let some drape like vines for a natural look.

Add a few candles to complete the adventure effect.

via The good life

Vintage Edison bulbs with garden furniture

Vintage Edison bulbs with garden furniture #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

If you own a historic home, lean into the vintage vibe with Edison bulbs.

The exposed filaments enhance the adorable garden furniture and create a place that is perfect for tea or elegant lunches.

Small potted flowers and a hurricane light complement this charming image.

via This old house

Wedding-worthy string lighting and paper lanterns

Wedding-worthy string lighting and paper lanterns #string candles #garden #garden #decorationhouse ideas

Create the impression of a starry sky by hanging strings of small candles high above the ground.

Here, the host has added large paper lanterns and candles in vines for full romance.

White candles and fresh flowers

White candles and fresh flowers #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Whether you are hosting a summer dinner party or showering with the upcoming bride, you can not go wrong with fresh flowers and small white candles.

We love the creative water cans and clear glass containers that add to the garden charm.

via Sugar and charm

White candles and vines over outdoor dining area

White candles and vines over outdoor dining area #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

Is there a more magical combination than string candles and vines on a wooden pergola?

Add in a long wooden table and you are ready to hold elegant dinner parties.

You will feel like you have stepped into an Italian winery wedding every time you sit down to eat.

White light creates a glowing tire

White lights create a glowing deck #stringlight #garden #yard #decorhomeideas

The firebox is not the only thing that makes this deck shine – the fantastic pergola cover is lined with flashing string lights.

Add a couple of cozy chairs and a barbecue and you are ready for summer entertainment.

via Wedding chickens