If you are a landscape architect looking to make your client's outdoor space really stand out, maybe it's time you considered exterior architectural lighting which can provide a whole host of aesthetic benefits. You can easily mix and match wall, ground, bollard and strip lights for a premium, bespoke finish. Below are just a few ways outdoor lights can really illuminate property and gardens:
Highlight Specific Features
Lights can be used to draw the eye to specific areas of a property or outdoor space. Whether it's fitting strip lights along the edge of the roof to emphasise traditional detailing or using ground lights to cast beams upwards across a fountain or statue, a client's favourite spot can now steal the show.
Equally, if a client wishes to touch up their space without undertaking extensive renovations, lights can be used to conceal areas that are less aesthetically pleasing, particularly at night. For example, older parts of a building in need of restoration can be left in shadow, whilst highlighting the more desirable looking areas.
Coloured lights can really liven up a dull or urban landscape and work well during the day, too. The unique thing about coloured lighting is that it can be swapped and changed throughout the year to suit different seasons and events. If your client owns a commercial property, you could suggest lights that match their company colour palette for a customised and professional look.
Colours also shift the ambience that lighting provides. For a cooler, sophisticated feel, white or blue lights are best. Warmer yellows and orange hues can contribute to a more intimate atmosphere or replicate the feeling of an open fire.
Create Patterns And Contours
Lights can create extra patterns and contours to add depth and texture to buildings and outdoor areas. These can be straight lines that offer a contemporary, well-defined feel to the space, or gentle curves that soften harsher edges. Scattered spotlights can give gardens a dappled effect, or when placed around an entrance way can allow buildings to appear taller and grander.
Using exterior architectural lighting has great potential, but it's important to tailor techniques to a client's individual needs. Discuss their vision with them and apply this knowledge to the property and space you have to work with on an individual basis. This way, you are guaranteed to impress.