Nightscapes Lighting: Illuminating Your Home
Some things are at their most beautiful under the night sky; a glistening lake, a dewy field or the blinking lights of a city in the distance. Equally, lighting design can showcase your home and garden at its best at nighttime. Therefore, nightscapes lighting is an important new trend in landscape design.
Through carefully placed lighting, it is possible to guide the eye up a building, drawing attention to the most interesting architectural features. Equally, the planting in any garden can benefit enormously from imaginative lighting design. Suitable for both period and modern homes, there are numerous different ways to highlight a home’s most striking characteristics.
Classic Nightscapes Lighting
Lighting design is a practice that is frequently associated with grand buildings and public space. However, it is becoming increasingly fashionable to create a lighting design concept for domestic properties. Essentially, the same principals of highlighting the most interesting features of a large, architecturally significant building can be applied on a smaller scale.
Classically, this is achieved through uplighting. By inserting a series of small white lights into the ground around the base of a building, it is possible to draw the eye up across the architecture. This strategy will subtly highlight the shapes, materials and details of a structure with a warm, inviting glow.
Incorporating color into your nightscapes lighting design is a playful, whimsical way to add interest to your home and garden. Whether a nightscape includes a single, subtle hue or a riot of color, adding color to a lighting design concept can bring a home or garden to life.
For example, you can highlight the vivid colors of plants in spring using green and pink uplights. This strategy is particularly flattering for tropical species such as tall palms and blooming hibiscus. Furthermore, blue is an ideal colored light for beach houses, reflecting the glistening ocean.
There are various opportunities to get creative with lighting design. For instance, once the desired lights are installed, it is possible play with negative space. A concept usually applied in fine art, negative space refers to the area around the subject of a drawing. Often this can form an intriguing or artistically relevant shape beyond that which is being depicted.
When this concept is applied to lighting, one is invited to think about how shadow can form an integral part of the design. For instance, you can draw with shadow by applying pattern or shape over a light source. Therefore, it is possible to create beautiful, delicate patterns, adding a touch of magic and mystery to a landscape.
Light and Water
A further way to add an element of magic and fantasy to a garden is to decorate water features with lights. Whether using colored or white lights, illuminating a fountain or rock garden will create an inviting, sparkling oasis.
Equally, the same strategy can be used for swimming pools, making a pool area seem dreamy and lagoon-like under the night sky. Usually, swimming pools are decorated with white light to accentuate the traditional turquoise color of the pool. However, for those who are feeling more adventurous, color can give a swimming pool an ethereal atmosphere.