We use indoor lighting in our homes to make our living spaces more beautiful, set a desired mood, and allow us to live comfortably – even during the dark and rainy seasons in the PNW. Just as an interior designer might use indoor lighting techniques to achieve specific goals in a home remodel, landscape designers use outdoor lighting solutions to elevate the look and feel of an outdoor space, create ambiance, and improve safety.
A professionally installed landscape lighting system has many benefits. Our award-winning lighting design services at Blessing Landscapes can make your outdoor living spaces more functional all year round, highlight the architectural features of your home and property, improve nighttime curb appeal, and give your landscape an upscale, classy feel. Landscape lighting is also one of the best ways to increase your home’s value!
The Art of Outdoor Lighting
Lighting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to infuse a space with charm and create a specific mood or feeling. Atmospheric lighting tends to be soft and illuminating without being overly harsh or bright. It’s a good idea to use shadows to your advantage rather than eliminating them entirely.
Here are a few lighting styles that create ambiance:
- Bistro lighting
- Colorful lighting
- Dimmable lighting
One of the primary benefits of using outdoor lighting in landscaping is that it makes your property more beautiful at night. Portland has long and dark winters, and illuminating your property with an elegant lighting design is an excellent way to add beauty to your evenings and brighten your spirit at the end of each day.
Safety First: Illuminating Outdoor Spaces
Lighting that illuminates pathways and patios in your landscape helps ensure you and your friends and family can navigate your outdoor spaces safely and reduce the risk of falls and accidents. It can also help create a warm and inviting ambiance and highlight the plants and other landscape features in your yard.
Here are a few design ideas to help you create well-lit and visually appealing pathways in your landscape:
- Add in-ground lights along pathways to gently highlight them.
- Install lights in step risers to improve safety and illuminate stairways.
- Consider adding downlights to create a moon-like glow and help disperse the light throughout your space.
- Don’t restrict yourself to hardscapes; you can also use pathway lighting to illuminate gravel, stepping stones, and other frequently walked areas.
Landscape lighting doesn’t just reduce the risk of trips and falls. Garden, pathway, and patio lighting also helps prevent vandalism and break-ins at your home. Outdoor lighting deters criminals because it signals that someone is home and increases the chances of being seen. It can also help you make security cameras more visible, further protecting your property.
Your outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be bright and unpleasant in order to improve security. Even soft and aesthetically pleasing landscape lighting can help protect your home and family from potential criminal activity.
Transforming Your Space After Dark
Outdoor Living Spaces
An outdoor living space can add significant value to your home – and it’s not difficult to see why! Adding comfortable seating, a cozy firepit, or even an outdoor kitchen and dining area is an excellent way to increase usable square footage and connect your landscape to the rest of your home. But outdoor living shouldn’t be relegated to daytime alone. Well-designed landscape lighting can extend the usability of these spaces, providing the perfect backdrop to socialize with friends or simply enjoy a peaceful night in the garden.
While outdoor lighting is among the most important practical features to have in your landscape, it also plays a key role in the aesthetic value of the space. Lighting should always work in harmony with the architectural style of your property. In addition to the visual interest of the fixtures themselves, landscape lighting can also highlight key areas and focal points in your outdoor space.
Focal points that can be enhanced with lighting include:
Sustainability in Outdoor Lighting
When it comes to landscape design in an eco-conscious city like Portland, sustainability is key. Fortunately, there are many lighting options to ensure your outdoor lighting is both illuminating and energy efficient, such as:
- LED light bulbs
- Automated timed lighting systems
- Motion sensors
Dark Sky Friendly Lighting
Light pollution is a growing concern for environmental experts. In addition to causing visual discomfort and confusion in populated areas, light pollution can also negatively impact wildlife, damage human health, and even contribute to climate change.
The impact of light pollution can be limited by choosing shielded fixtures that face downward, automatic timers and motion sensors, and low lighting.
The Blessing Landscape Advantage: Our Design Process
Personalized Consultations and Customized Lighting Plans
Every property and family is unique. Like your indoor spaces, your landscape should reflect your individual needs and preferences. At Blessing Landscapes, we don’t just create beautiful outdoor spaces. Our landscaping process ensures you get results that will work for you and your family and suit your personal style.
Whether outdoor lights are part of a larger project or you’re just looking to add landscape lighting, we’ll schedule a personalized consultation to ensure we understand your specific needs, preferences, and goals. Our award-winning landscape designers will tailor their proposals to your family and the unique features in your outdoor spaces.
Expert Installation and Ongoing Maintenance
Without professional installation and ongoing care, a landscape design is just that – a design. Our expert installers at Blessing Landscapes know exactly how to transform a vision and plan into a reality! We’ll install your outdoor lighting and other landscaping features to the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.
We also offer comprehensive landscape maintenance services to keep your landscape lighting functional and beautiful for years to come!
Illuminate and Elevate Your Landscape!
There’s no doubt that the right lighting can enhance an outdoor space in terms of both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Maybe you’re looking to illuminate your entire yard for those late-night gatherings. Maybe you want to ensure people and pets can navigate pathways safely. Or, maybe you’re selling your home and are hoping to boost the sales price. No matter your individual goals, well-designed outdoor lighting can make all the difference.
At Blessing Landscapes, we work with commercial and residential property owners in Portland to provide effective lighting solutions for any outdoor space. If you’re looking to enhance your landscape with energy-efficient lighting that offers beauty and practicality, our award-winning team is here to help.
Contact us today to discuss your landscaping goals and book a consultation!