When you have great focal points in your landscape, garden lighting will help draw the eye and showcase these features. Your home’s first impression is reliant on its curb appeal, which includes a beautifully landscaped yard, a well-kept exterior and attractive lighting to enhance an historic or modern home. Not only will you impress your guests with stunning lighting, you’ll also increase your home’s resale value.

One way to draw the eye is to use offset lighting along a path or walkway. Set the lights far enough apart so that they aren’t too bright, but make sure they still offer a glimpse of the features you’ve created along it. You should also ensure adequate lighting for safe passage, while providing enough mystery so guests will be encouraged to look at your landscape.

With many decorative options available in solar lighting, you can easily dress up your landscape without having to worry about hard-wiring. If you have a pergola or defined gathering spot, solar lanterns grouped together can make interesting lighting effects with their color and design. Consider lighting up a water feature with solar lamps that are installed in the ground with stakes. If the area you’re placing them in gets sufficient sun during the day, your landscape at night will be beautifully lit with these lights.

If you’re lighting a large area, especially a long walkway, try mixing a couple light styles to add character. Stick with fixtures that are made of the same material, but with different shapes for a classy and subdued statement. Or, choose different colors if some whimsy is what you’re seeking.

While enhancing the landscape of your historical home is relatively easy with garden lighting, TMS Architects understands the challenges faced when trying to update interior lighting. We believe in helping preserve the character and heritage of New England architecture. Call 603-436-4274 or contact us to speak to one of our design professionals.