Tree House Lighting: Turn a Play Set into an Architectural Feature

Many have joyful memories of their childhood tree house. Whether lovingly constructed with a grandparent or time spent in your own secret hiding place, a tree house is where precious memories are made. However, sometimes children’s play sets aren’t the most attractive feature of a garden – especially if a set is bought from a hardware store as opposed to built from scratch. However, it is possible to highlight the bucolic charm of a tree house with the right lighting. Below, read more about how to use tree house lighting in order to turn a play set into an interesting and attractive part of your landscape architecture.

Simple Tree House Lighting with Garland Lights

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An easy and simple way to light a tree house is to adorn the exterior with a simple garland of white lights. These small blinking lights will add a magical touch to a tree house when wound around branches and draped across the roof. For more impact, opt for slightly larger bulbs. For example, a garland of clear globe lights with exposed filaments is a beautiful way to add some sparkle to tree house lighting, whilst incorporating an element of the trend for industrial fixtures.

Be Inspired by the East with Lanterns

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In the rainforests of Thailand, it is common to find rustic dwellings raised up in trees. These traditional homes are a thoroughly enchanting aspect of Thai culture, perfectly at peace with nature perched in the tall, ancient trees.


To draw inspiration from these beautiful buildings for a garden tree house, hang rustic paper or woven raffia lanterns from the base of the structure. When glowing at night, these charming lanterns will bring a touch of the magic of the Orient to your garden landscaping.

Highlighting with LED Spotlights

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Another way to turn your tree house into an architectural feature is to take cues from classic nightscapes. Nightscaping is a relatively recent trend in landscape design, where the sensibilities of lighting design for architecture are applied to the garden. For example, uplighting is frequently used as part of a nightscaping concept and is an excellent way to integrate a tree house into landscape design. By affixing simple white LED spotlights under the tree or on the roof, you can create intrigue and contrast with shadow and light.

Incorporate a Splash of Color with Fairy Lights

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A playful approach to tree house lighting is to incorporate color. After all, it is quite usual for a lighting designer to formulate a concept with the building’s use in mind. Therefore, as a tree house is intended for play, a whimsical attitude to the lighting concept seems appropriate. There are number of ways to integrate color into tree house lighting design. The most simple is to choose a garland of small, twinkling LED fairy lights to drape around the roof of the tree house and bowers of the tree. Otherwise, for a bolder look, you may wish to uplight with a color, such as a soft green, warm orange or even pink.

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