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
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.
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Balcony lighting with privacy curtains
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
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
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.
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Cozy patio with dining area with fencing lights
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.
Drapery Pergola Lighting plus Fabric Roof
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.
Elegant and affordable lighting for special occasions
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Romantic backyard Wedding reception Lighting
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
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.
Simple DIY Deck String Lights
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.
String Lights make your porch more relaxing
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.
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Three light threads have great influence
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.
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Small dining area with large globe lights
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
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
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.
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Vintage Edison bulbs with garden furniture
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.
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Wedding-worthy string lighting and paper lanterns
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
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.
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White candles and vines over outdoor dining area
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
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.
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