9 Landscape Lighting Ideas

Curb appeal is a 24/7 game, and one of the biggest difference makers when the sun goes down is your exterior lighting. And we’re not just talking about wall sconces or pendants near your front door! Lights throughout your front yard — lining walkways or interspersed amongst flower beds — offer a dose of drama and an additional layer of security to your property’s exterior. With that in mind, if you’re working on your exterior design and are looking for landscape lighting ideas to elevate your space, you’ve come to the right place.

From exterior lighting to paint colors to garage doors, updating your building’s façade is full of interconnected decisions. Many homeowners end up with ‘analysis paralysis’ and fail to start. That’s why we started brick&batten: our expert designers provide guidance and creative direction to the homeowner who wants to give their home’s exterior simple — yet impactful — cosmetic updates. Learn more.

Stucco ranch home with copper landscape lighting

#1 // Copper all around

We love copper and copper-colored accents — from gutters to Corten steel planters — and this design embraces copper to the fullest. It warms up a simple exterior on the gutters, sconces, rain chain, chimney cap, and copper canopy pathway lights. Landscape lighting ideas that coordinate with other elements are a great bet.

A transitional two-story home with white painted brick and an outdoor lamp post

#2 // Modern spin on traditional lamppost

Free-standing lamp posts in front yards may have a traditional connotation, but the fixture itself will determine the style in execution. Here, a contemporary post mount, with straight lines and hard edges, works perfectly with the home’s transitional façade.

Rear exterior design of a home with plenty of landscape lighting ideas

#3 // All the lighting for outdoor living

With a deck, screened-in porch, open air patio, and covered patio complete with hot tub, this home is primed for outdoor living. Our team provided landscape lighting ideas to suit each space and function. First up: String lights above the patio provide a festive, romantic feel for night-time soaks. Next, in-ground landscape lights line the patio and are used in the plant bed. This type of uplighting is both functional and dramatic at night. Third, built-in lighting on the staircase down from the deck is highly useful. Finally, everything plays nicely with the modern wall lanterns on the upper level and teardrop-shaped sconces on the lower level. Our designers considered every detail with this exterior lighting family!

#4 // Black pathway lights + lamppost

Our designers lit up the curb appeal of this California home with all sorts of lighting options. The exterior lighting family is all in black, which provides a nice contrast agains the neutral cladding, in its shades of off-white and light gray. The sconces on the home itself play perfectly with the dome pathway lights and the bronze post lantern.

Virtual exterior design of a contemporary home featuring built-in landscaping lights

#5 // Simple but effective

The exterior lighting concept here is straightforward, but it works so well. A contemporary wall light above the house numbers brings the eye where it needs to go, while simple, modern sconces add functional downlighting elsewhere. Additionally, the porch awning’s built-in can lighting is great for evenings outdoors. Finally, the in-ground landscape lights create a pattern with the plantings amongst the mulch, balancing the home’s asymmetry.

Traditional two-story home with lamppost out front

#6 // Multipurpose lamppost

The lamppost on this updated traditional home sits on a column that acts as both a mailbox and a place for the house numbers. The lantern lights the way up the driveway and coordinates with the sconces surrounding the double front door.

Beachy home with lots of outdoor living space

#7 // Pathway lights + outdoor candle lanterns

This home’s beach aesthetic carries through to each design element deliberately selected by our expert team. The landscape lighting ideas include both in-ground uplighting and outdoor lanterns perfect for candles. We can imagine many a cozy evening spent under that freestanding pergola!

Two story brick home with limewash and front yard landscape lighting

#8 // Traditional freestanding lantern

We predicted that freestanding lanterns would be on-trend in 2022 and, as you can tell based on the landscape lighting ideas rounded up here, we’d say we got it right! This limewashed brick home has traditional bones, and the lighting concept is appropriately timeless. French-Quarter-style lanterns adorn the portico columns and are used beneath its open gable, next to the side entry door, and on a lamppost. Another go-to of ours, built-in uplighting lines the wide walkway up to the entry.

Rear exterior of a grand home rendered in a dark charcoal, with a pool

#9 // Poolside step and wall lights

The backyard of this home is mostly pool and hardscape — a place where lighting is extremely important, not only for looks, but for safety! As such, our expert designers suggested plentiful wall and step lights to keep the space illuminated day and night.

Wide ranch home rendered in an off-white with lots of landscape lighting

Landscape lighting ideas are just the beginning

As you might have noticed throughout this post, landscape lighting ideas don’t exist in a void. Your exterior lighting needs to work together… and with your hardscaping, your home’s color scheme, and other smaller design elements like your planters and accessories. Work with our exterior design professionals to help you visualize how each of these things can work together. We’ll be your partners in bringing your curb appeal to its fullest potential. As part of our design services, you’ll receive a before and after visualization as well as a clickable shopping list to help you source materials yourself. What are you waiting for? Get started today.