Whether you’re hosting a dinner party under the stars or enjoying a mosquito-free evening on your screened porch, make your outdoor spaces (and guests) glow.
From chandeliers to sconces, shop our favorite outdoor lighting on Sotheby’s Home.
Tekna Pagode Weathered Sconce
Outdoor lights brighten an entrance, but it’s important to look for lighting that provides architectural interest, too. Start by assessing all the entrances to your home and find ways to change them up with sconces, lanterns and flush mounts. Stand out from the crowd by sourcing one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that have been rewired for outdoor use.
Designer Tip: Purchase outdoor LED bulbs that cast a warm light, and steer clear of bulbs that give off a harsh white light.
Back to Nature
Brenda Houston Designs Rose Quartz Luminaire
Natural materials in all your outdoor spaces just make sense. As a centerpiece for a coffee table or as an object on a side table, search for candleholders or light fixtures made of materials that look right at home in an outdoor environment. Shells, minerals, stone and wood are all fair game.
Designer Tip: Along with lighting made from natural materials, get out in the garden and hunt for branches, flowers, logs and pebbles to use as decorative accents.
Get that Glow
Modern Style Standing Candle Holders
Candlelight makes everyone look better, and the flickering glow of a candle is mesmerizing. Set an outdoor table with a collection of candlesticks in all different sizes and heights to create a glowing centerpiece for a dinner party.
Designer Tip: Assemble a group of candlesticks that work together in interesting ways. Color, material or even shape can be the starting point for your collection.
On the Move
JANUS et Cie Arroyo Burnished Lanterns
Long before electricity, candles moved from spot to spot to light the way. Consider lanterns that are easy to transport from a sitting area to a dining table and back down the long pathway to your house. They stop the pesky wind from extinguishing your candles and add a bit of adventure to an electricity-free outdoor space.
Designer Tip: Go for basic, unscented white pillar candles or use citronella candles with a citrus scent to repel mosquitoes.
Michael McHale Designs Outdoor Beacon Chandelier
Who says crystal chandeliers can only be inside? Bring an indoor look to your exterior spaces with glamorous outdoor fixtures. They may not look hardy enough to brave the elements, but that’s part of their charm.
Designer Tip: Before purchasing an outdoor lighting fixture, confirm that it is wet location rated for safety.
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