Learn how to enhance your home with our outdoor lighting tips and tricks. From inexpensive string lights to higher end copper lanterns, there’s an idea to work for every home and every budget!

A lantern providing outdoor lighting on the side of a house.
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One of our priorities when we purchased our current home was to renovate the exterior first. We wanted to pull up to our home and feel good about it.

I think we succeeded! How did we do it? Well, a lot of elbow grease, paint, landscaping and of course, we used outdoor lighting to add charm and function.

Psst… check out this post with 10 easy steps to create an outdoor living room and garden stools if you love your outdoor spaces as much as we do! Or learn about Pergolas to create the outdoor space of your dreams!

A copper lantern for outdoor lighting, hanging on the side of a house.

Outdoor Lighting

When we first bought our home, the paint was quite dated, as were all the exterior features that stood out like a sore thumb.

All I could see when we pulled into the drive was old, dated black light fixtures which only seemed to highlight the tired siding, landscaping and blacktop driveway.

I wanted something warm, with a cozy glow, and these copper lanterns were just the ticket. Natural metals are timeless and I just love the details of these!

Day and night, our new outdoor lighting has transformed our home and adds so much ambience! It’s amazing what a little lighting can do.

It’s fun to watch them weather over time and add character to our home.

A white garage with lilac trees in front of it, illuminated by outdoor lighting.

Five Ways to Add Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be complicated, and it might not be as much of an investment as you think. If you’re looking for all the ways to upgrade your exterior lighting, check out these tips!

We’ve got five great ways to upgrade your outdoor living areas with warm and cozy lighting.

Copper Lanterns

Get all the detail about our copper lanterns, and learn why we love them.

Copper Lanterns

Copper Lanterns are timeless and add a little historic charm to any home, whether old or new. An investment you’ll love for many years to come, learn why copper outdoor wall lights might be the right fit for your home and style. Read More



Add String Lights

It’s easy to create the backyard of your dreams. String lights can even be a welcome addition to side yards and porches – there’s nowhere they can’t create a new level of charm.

String Lights

String lights add instant charm and ambiance to any of your outdoor spaces. Hang them over an outdoor dining space and you’ll feel like you’re dining out at a charming restaurant on vacation!  Read More



Add Deck Lighting

Even if your deck is older, it’s possible to add deck lighting that will immediately upgrade your space.

Deck Lighting

Let’s talk about deck lighting! From solar deck lights to LED stair lights, the options are endless and can be overwhelming! Get all the info you need to improve the safety of your deck, as well as the ambiance. Read More



Add LED Candles

These are such a cozy way to dress up your front porch, walkway, fire pit and anywhere inside or outside your home. They are especially wonderful for entertaining outdoors!

Flameless LED Candles

Flameless candles add instant ambiance for the holidays and beyond. Learn how LED candles can change your decorating for the better!  Read More



Try a DIY Basket Pendant

This project is easy enough for a beginner, but it’s perfect for outdoor spaces! Add a little charm over your outdoor dining table or any little nook you can carve out.

DIY Basket Pendant Light

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect basket pendant light fixture, look no further! Create your own affordable, charming textural basket light with this incredibly easy step by step tutorial to turn any basket into a light. Read More



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  1. Hi Julie –

    What a nice update, the copper will only get better looking with age. Love the molding on each garage door. It is a nice touch. It all looks so welcoming.

  2. What a gorgeous transformation! I love the light and airy paint color, light fixtures…..well, I love it all!

  3. So so pretty, Julie! I love it!! (Can you come decorate my house for me? Kidding…not kidding! 🙂 )

  4. What a difference lighting can make! Gorgeous finish on the lights, the copper adds a warmth to the glow. I love how enticing and inviting they are, and along with the paint and the planters, they truly make a beautiful first impression!