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OUTDOOR LIGHTING TIPS

Interiors writer Sarah Slade shares some illuminating ideas for gardens great and small

John Lewis Salina Solar Outdoor Lights, Set of 4
£30.00

Create an inviting atmosphere in the garden by layering light, just like you would indoors.

- Start with sculptural, floor-standing lanterns to cast cosy shadows

- Position wall lamps for practicality

- Take advantage of tree height to throw the glow further: decorate branches with a simple string of lights, or suspend a pretty glass lantern above a tableherbs like mint, rosemary and basil. Top with fresh lemonade for a simple cooler.

Think Gadgets Galaxy Wire 24 LED Line Lights
£15.00

Define a pathway with bright torch lighting

- This makes it safer for guests to prevent slips and trips

- It’s an effective way to trim paving in place of plants

- Consider buying enough to light the way to a focal point, such as a pond - just space stakes evenly to create a uniform look

In a small garden go for an understated lighting scheme to maintain a sense of tranquillity

- Sleek, wall-mounted uplighters and downlighters conceal bulbs within to achieve subtle washes of light

- You could even opt for decadent dark-coloured metal designs and stain the surrounding woodwork to match so that they blend seamlessly into the background

John Lewis Sabrebeam Outdoor Wall Light
£40.00 - £48.00

John Lewis Cabot Lattice Solar Lantern
£10.00 - £15.00

Highlight shrubbery by hanging a light source directly above

- A contemporary metallic wall lantern will contrast beautifully with greenery during the day and make a feature of plants at night

- Alternatively choose a linear box light that allows shapely leaves to shine

ASTRO Montparnasse Lantern Wall Light
£120.00

Philips Karp LED Outdoor Wall Light
£56.00

Think about how you really use your outdoor space

- If you regularly prep and cook food outside, invest in designs that give proper task lighting and get a professional to wire them in exactly where needed

- Just want to curl up with a nightcap? Take a simple solar lantern into the garden on balmy summer evenings

John Lewis Solar LED Hanging Lantern
£25.00

Watch our video for more inspiration

If you're looking for ideas on what sort of lighting to choose for your outdoor space, our video will help you feel inspired.