Guest Picks: 20 Timeless Exterior Lighting Ideas
From traditional to rustic, coastal and more, these outdoor lights work with almost any style
With the nights getting longer, showcasing your home with exterior lighting is important. Some of the fixtures below were used in the remodel of our 1950s Southern California beach cottage, but they would also work in other environments: farmhouse, cabin, urban industrial and even indoors! — Mary Ann from classic•casual•home
A couple of these sconces on either side of a front door would work equally well for a beach cottage or a mountain cabin.
How about two or three of these over your garage doors for the farmhouse/barn look?
This lantern has a rustic quality that would be lovely hanging in a pergola above a stone-topped dining table.
These light fixtures are on either side of our garage door and on the balcony above it.
The clean lines of this light would be perfect on a large covered porch overlooking a lake or ocean.
I can see this providing light for the barbecue grill. It also comes in four finishes.
This fixture would be fun, along with the next light, in multiples under a covered patio.
How about a grouping of these over a zinc-topped farm table and lots of beeswax candles?
Can you envision this fixture lighting the entrance to your mountain home?
I like the seeded glass in this fixture, and the finish comes in three colors.
This sturdy-looking lamp has a rustic feel that looks great against brick.
We have these lights on three of the walls surrounding our patio. When they are on at night, they create an outdoor room that is perfect for parties.
We have this charming little light by the back doors that lead into our garage.
These garden lights highlight our front steps and are placed along the patio pathway.
This is another example of a hanging outdoor fixture that works well in many environments.
This classic American light comes in six finishes.
There are several options for the shade and base for this fixture from Rejuvenation. A few of these on a farmhouse-style front porch would make guests feel welcome.
The simple lines of this light give it a casual but sophisticated air.
This lantern would be a charming addition hanging above the front entrance to a beach house or urban town home.
Ideabook updated on Aug. 13, 2012.
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