Outdoor lighting is a little like magic. It can create drama, cast a warm glow, shed a spotlight on landscaping, or highlight an area of interest. “People overlook that outdoor lighting can add so much personality to a property while enhancing curb appeal, increasing safety, and providing those small, intentional touches that make a house a home,” says Kaitlin Dennis, category manager for lighting at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Virginia.
“Adding illumination to the exterior of a structure dramatically defines architectural volume, shape, and textural interest,” says Robert Sonneman, chief creative officer and founder of Sonneman—A Way of Light, in Larchmont, N.Y. “When we set out to study an approach to exterior lighting, we consider the architectural context of the object as well as its functional performance,” he says.
Lighting elevates a home’s curb appeal, draws attention to outdoor spaces, such as a garden or reflecting pool, and adds warmth to all that it shines on.