Your patio is a living space that in many respects is no different from an indoor room, except for its location in the fresh air. You can design the look of your patio using the same approach you would for any other living room, in your preferred style, with the atmosphere you desire. Patio lighting can play an important role here, ensuring that it’s a space you can enjoy both during the day and in the evenings.
Your first priority will be patio lamps that are suitable for outdoor use. You can make your patio look like the indoors taken outside, but you don’t want to use indoor fittings. An unexpected rain storm can easily wet even a sheltered patio and blow over lamps that aren’t properly weighted.
Patio lamps are designed to be weatherproof. Most importantly, what that means is that the electrical components are suitable for outside, with well-sealed and insulated wiring, plugs and switches. It also means that the lamp and shade are hardy enough for outdoor use, and will resist damp, wind and sun exposure. Consider how exposed your patio is when choosing lighting and go for models that are suitably tough and stable.
Different patio light fittings will serve different purposes. If it’s a place where you might want to sit and read, then an outdoor table lamp alongside your patio seating will provide a localized pool of light. Standard lamps will provide more light over a larger area. If you have a patio fireplace to provide some light and atmosphere, a couple of table lamps may be all you need.
Availability of plug points may be a consideration when choosing patio lighting. If that’s n issue, a standard lamp may be the way to go. Another option is a patio lamp that doesn’t depend on an electrical power point, after all many patios don’t have them at all. Lamps that run on liquid paraffin fuel are useful here, and are easy to fill.
When furnishing and styling a patio, you’re dealing with a living area that is intermediate between indoors and outdoors. You can choose whether you want your patio to feel more like an extra comfortable outdoor area or a fresh and airy extension of the indoors. For a sophisticated patio look you’ll find lamps that are elegant and sophisticated. For a more outdoors feel, look out for designs that are less typical of interiors. Lamps with planters are one attractive option.
The choice available in weatherproof lighting is huge, and you’ll find lighting in styles, colors and materials perfect for your patio. You may also discover extra possibilities, such as citronella flame lamps that will keep away annoying bugs. Carefully chosen lighting can give a patio an ambiance that will make it one of the most desirable living spaces in your home to relax or entertain.