Now that the nights are getting cooler, it’s time to stay indoors – just kidding! Grab a fantastic outdoor light or two and lengthen the season. If you decorate your outdoor areas as thoughtfully as your indoor living space, you’ll be good to go until the first snowfall, at least. Here are our outdoor lighting picks to drape, place and plug-in.
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Available in blue or white, buy more than one of these solar-powered lanterns so you can cluster the charmers over the table at your next al fresco meal. Stainless steel is encased in synthetic all-weather lace fabric for durability. The lantern provides up to seven hours of light per charge. Floral Lace Solar Lantern, Anthropologie, $44.
Illuminated dragonflies settled on leaves: what could be prettier? Add a touch of multi-hued radiance to a potted plant or a tree with these string lights. Bonus? The lights can withstand rain or snow – holiday-decor alert! Solar String Lights, Amazon, $22.
Now that your patio is perfectly furnished, you’ll need to complete the oasis with lighting – it’s so key! This 10-light set, with 10 LED bulbs included, exudes an industrial charm. Bulb Shaded String Light, Wayfair, $99.
Tucked into ornamental grass, this wand-like light mimics a reedy plant. Designed by Enzo Catellani for Catellani & Smith, the architectural light is equally beautiful indoors. Syphasera Outdoor Floor, Lightform, $400 to $492.
Is your balcony a little boring? Get an instant uplift by placing this lantern on a table. Scalloped cut-outs cast a mesmerizing glow. The lantern is solar-powered, waterproof and looks lovely suspended. Solar Lantern Light, 2-Pack, Amazon, $40.
Gild the Gazebo
String lights create a dazzling starry-night effect overhead on a patio or on a gazebo. Now you can sit out into the evening with a cozy blanket snuggled to your chin. The Edison bulbs are totally trendy, too! Brightown Outdoor String Lights, Amazon, $36.
Design enthusiasts, we’ve got you covered! The fun rechargeable – and cordless – lamp looks amazing hanging from a tree branch from its silicone loop, which was inspired by hair accessories and sailing equipment. The light is also available in green and yellow. Fatboy Bolleke Lamp, Finnish Design Shop, $107.
Sometimes the most primal ideas are the best, and that’s why we love a candle flame. Tuck this tall tea light holder into a balcony plant’s pot for a brilliant glow. Garden Stake Tea Light Candle Holder, CB2, $7.
Lighting should match your home’s style. Framed in unfinished teak and topped with a notched square stainless-steel handle, these striking-yet-simple lanterns are ideal for clean-lined spaces. Crosby Teak Wood Lanterns, Crate and Barrel, $100 to $149.
Recalling a bee hive, these twinkling pendants are as pretty as can be. The built-in LED lights instantly elevate the patio. Hervey Bay 35 – Bulb Integrated LED Outdoor Pendant, Wayfair, $28 each.