I loved how my patio was looking, but there was one element I knew was missing- lighting! I had a few outdoor lights, but they were motion sensors and I really didn’t like how they looked. Lighting can really elevate a space, so I found the prettiest outdoor light fixtures to bring it all together. Plus I have a small DIY for you!
Can you see that old light up there?! That’s what I wanted to replace.
the prettiest outdoor lighting fixtures
To find some choices for my patio, I headed to Kichler.com and poured over the outdoor section of their site. I know this may sound obvious, but if you’re putting lights outside, make sure they’re rated to be outside for safety and durability reasons. Next, pick something that coordinates with the exterior of your house. I have a traditional house, so I like to use traditional lighting (for the most part)
Kichler’s site is divided into three main categories for outdoor lighting- wall lights, ceiling lights, and hanging lights. Then you can sort them by the finish you like. Below is a peek at my favorites. There are WAY more online though! Here are a few I considered-
1. Cylinder 12″ Wall Light Black / 2. Pier 1 Light 16″ Convertible Pendant White / 3. Grove Mill 1 Light Wall Light Polished Brass / 4. Halleron 3 Light Pendant Londonderry / 5. Linford 17.25″ 1 Light Wall Light Brushed Aluminum / 6. Pellinord 10″ 1 Light Wall Light Black / 7. Palisades 13.25″ 1 Light Pendant Natural Wicker / 8. Courtyard 2 Light Flush Mount Textured Black / 9. 11.25″ 2 Light Wall Light Textured White
Want to see what I selected?!
what I choose for my patio
For next to my back door I selected the 2 Light Wall Light in white. That area is tricky because I needed something that could be mounted from the top, but shine to the sides. This ended up being perfect! The white kind of blends in. It’s sleek lines look nice and MUCH better than my old motion sensor lights.
To coordinate with the rest of the shed, I also put the Grove Mill 1 Light Wall Light by the She Shed doors too. It’s so, so cute over here too! A shed doesn’t technically need lights outside them, but we hang out on our patio a lot and so it’s really nice to have extra light for when the sun goes down. We had our first party yesterday and the ambiance lighting at night was perfect!
diy gingerbread door
Here’s my door before adding the light. I also put on brackets to dress up the door. And hung a cute sign and a wreath. Between those changes, this area is looking SO much cuter! Want to see what it looked like at the beginning of the summer before we replaced the door and painted?!
Scary right?! Small changes sure do add up! A few weeks ago, when I was thrift store shopping, I found these vintage door brackets-
There were 2 packets of the decorative brackets for $10 each. Score! They’re meant for a screen door, but I figured they could decorate any plain wood door. Since these are a bit of a rare find at a thrift store, I tracked down some online if you want to try this project too-
Updating a door with brackets is SO easy! Just use construction adhesive to attach the brackets to the door. Then paint the same color as the door. I’m using Beloved Pink by Behr. Hint, if you want to paint your bracket a contrasting color to the door, do that BEFORE gluing them on. It’ll be 100 times easier before they’re attached!
lighting for over the table
The light I was most excited for BY FAR is the Palisades 1 Light Pendant in Natural Wicker! It looks divine over the table! The tone of the wicker works nicely with the pergola and it adds some beautiful texture to the space. I’m seriously obsessed!
At night it casts the nicest glow onto the table! My husband wired this for me and I LOVE how it turned out!
The light is made from synthetic wicker so it should withstand the elements. Even so, I’ll probably store it in the shed during the winter since the pergola isn’t covered. That’s where the chairs and rug will go in the winter too :).
Can you tell how the lighting from Kichler was the cherry on top of this project?! It really finished things off and made it feel special. Now that the fall weather is here and it’s cooled off, this spot is heaven all day long. Pretty much, you’ll know where I’ll be!
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