If you want your house to look great at night, texture and light-layering techniques are the best place to begin. Landscape professionals know that brick, wood, concrete, stone, glass, stucco, and iron are art canvases full of potential. Outdoor lighting is also a good investment — what you pay for in fixtures and their installation is returned with a higher level of safety for your property, a better-looking house, and a landscape that inspires your neighbors and guests. The creative possibilities and rewarding results of layering and texturing are one of the few home improvement projects that can cost as much or as little as you choose.
Read through our guide for ideas on how to play up your home’s exterior and yard with light fixtures, in-ground systems, and techniques such as uplighting, downlighting, diffuser shades and task lighting. If you feel your house is limited in texture, it’s possible to bring some in with foliage, masonry, paneling, a new garage door, or even window screens. To begin working with texture, divide your property into three zones: The foreground for midlevel light, middle ground for low-level light, and the background for bright lights. Read on for more guidance about lighting ideas that feature what you love most about your house and yard.