Hung in a grid pattern, outdoor string lighting can create the illusion of a courtyard.
A screened-in porch is an excellent setting for string lights with a paper shade, because you don't have to worry about them getting wet. The Paper Lantern Store offers beauties identical to the black shades shown here.
Hung directly above an outdoor dining table, twinkle lights can illuminate an evening meal.
These are reminiscent of Ballard Designs' Cafe String Lights, with each bulb's light reflected off a petal-shape galvanized shade.
If your backyard is anything like mine (lacking trees), you can still bedazzle your patio area with string lighting by installing poles to attach the strings to. You can even create temporary poles by installing them in weighted buckets.
Take advantage of trees on your property to attach the light strings to. Designer Richard Hughes intelligently utilized both the home's exterior and a large tree in the yard.
The team at Risinger Homes combined outdoor string lights with a shade sail to create dramatic overhead patio details in Austin, Texas.
When paired with modern materials, string lighting takes on a newfangled edge. Trina Turk's Super Paradise Print in Driftwood combines beautifully with globe string lights.
Outdoor string lighting makes sense on Maui, Hawaii, where the weather is warm all year.
String lights are attached directly to this arbor's rafters, while a built-in fire pit offers additional night lighting.