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Every homeowner knows the necessity of lighting both indoors and out, but spending the time and money on high quality statement lighting will not only make you smile each time you flip on the light switch and admire its beauty, but it will also add value to your home.
Lighting is all about form and function, the choices should complement the style of the home and their placement should serve a real purpose.
Light fixtures on the front porch are the first impression, so look beyond ordinary finds and seek out something special. In covered porches and entries, flanking the front door with outdoor statement sconces adds character by day and illumination by night.
Add contrast to a white or neutral exterior with any of these three dramatic sconces perfect for the entry:
Hinkley Barrington High Bronze Wall Sconce, Derby High Antique Iron Outdoor Wall Light, Bravada Chestnut Outdoor Wall Sconce
Covered patios and porches are a favorite place for all to gather in fair weather. Set a table to dine al fresco or include a seating area for lounging on lazy days. Either way, you’ll need lighting for when the sun sets. Suspended outdoor lanterns over table tops or conversation zones let you linger longer.
Add similar drama to your outdoor space with any of these three hanging lanterns below. They're all dramatic yet classic and will complement any transitional outdoor space.
Rockford High Bronze Outdoor Hanging Light, Bellagio Hanging Light, Mossoro Hanging Light
Long porches and breezy cabanas in warm climates need outdoor ceiling fans to circulate air overhead. In lieu of a chandelier, look to stylish sconces to balance the decor. Repeat the same sconces around the space for uniformity and even spots of illumination when the space is in use during evening hours.
Play off the architectural style of the home or the furnishings with your finishes and design of choice. The industrial chrome outdoor wall light is a fantastic choice for homes with a coastal vibe.
Chrome Outdoor Wall Light, Maxim Scottsdale Black Outdoor Wall Light, Steel Crossing Outdoor Wall Sconce
Image credits: Sprague Construction, Area via Houzz, Wayne Windham Architect
Kate Riley is a self proclaimed incurable DIYer with a passion for interior design and a great eye for decorating with style! Kate's blog Centsational Girl has been rated one of the top Home & Garden blogs for three years running. When not writing about the best and latest in exceptional design and home improvement, you can be sure Kate will be simultaneously wielding a paintbrush while sipping Syrah where she resides in the California Wine Country. Follow Kate on Google+