Summer Scenes: Creating your dream outdoor living area

Creating Your Dream Outdoor Living Area with Lighting

Outdoor living remodels are booming. According to a recent article in Qualified Remodeler magazine, “the current level of innovation is dramatic” as consumers desire to bring the convenience and leisure elements of their interior areas to the great outdoors. Specialty fireplaces, heaters, televisions, audio equipment and decorative lighting fixtures are hitting the outdoor scene. That same article reported that 76.1% of remodelers are designing, building and specifying decks, 48.6% have a specialized focus on covered structures – and 33.3% are updating accent lighting in their current outdoor remodel projects.

We took a few tips from our friends at Toll Brothers in the arena of dreamy outdoor areas. Have a look at these impressive summer scenes – with an even closer look at how lighting enhances these areas.

Pool Perfection

Say hello to the perfect setting to take a summer dip or host a sparkling patio party. Take note of the meticulous lighting decisions that really make this scene shine – from landscape lights to outdoor recessed fixtures. Even the details of the trees are brought to life with a spot light to add visual interest.

Curb Appeal Mastered

The beautiful landscaping on this home is illuminated with a technique called “shadowing” – achieved with uplighting placed out of sight to create silhouette images of trees, plants, and accessories. The curb appeal is crowned with oversized decorative lanterns.

Raising the “Bar”

Bar seating with a television creates a prime scene to watch the big game and entertain with ease. A dash of whimsical appeal is added by classic wall lanterns from the Progress Lighting Crawford collection.

Enjoy the Breeze

It doesn’t get more dreamy than a lively pool, indulgent outdoor kitchen and enough seating for all your friends to join! This Toll Brothers space is made complete with a ceiling fan to ensure guests are staying cool and comfortable in the summer heat.

What elements make up your dream outdoor living areas?

All images courtesy of Toll Brothers, Inc.

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