If you’re hiding out from gangsters (we know, you were framed) or panicked that aliens will find you, or just want to disappear for a few days with no questions asked, nevermind about landscape lighting for curb appeal.
Everybody else, you need it.
How to increase curb appeal with landscape lighting?
Let’s shed some light on the subject.
What to Light? Let’s Ask a Pro
Sure, you can enhance curb appeal with landscape lighting, but what to light?Focus on unique parts of your Central Florida home’s architecture, like columns, archways, and bricks, says Eric Frisch, Ground Source landscape designer. If it creates interesting texture you can appreciate from the street, light it. This might take a curbside visit to stare at your house for a bit.
Next Up, Celebrate Your Trees
Why let your front yard trees just stand there when they could increase your curb appeal with outdoor lighting?
Tree uplighting makes a huge difference in your landscaping. It directs light up at the trunk or canopy of your impressive trees.
Actually, they don’t even have to be all that impressive. Even ordinary trees look cool when you splash them with light, really enhancing your curb appeal.
Suddenly, they’re dramatic and elegant. They even look more expensive. The neighbors might start whispering. Tall trees like palms, magnolia, and oaks all get the same type of uplighting, with MR-16 bulbs that shine light from the ground up. But these lights come in various widths and wattages to allow for flexibility so each tree can get just the right effect.
Give your short trees some love, too.
Shorter palms and shrubs look great with “wall washer” fixtures that have a large mirror to help scatter the light all over to highlight the tree’s features.
Here, the bulbs are lower wattages, so the up-close plants don't get washed out with too much light.
Speaking of Too Much Light…
Don’t go crazy out there. You’re going for curb appeal here, not a hospital operating room look. Don’t light everything.
If you spotlight every tree, shrub, and plant, you’re not enhancing your curb appeal with landscape lighting. You’re just washing out your yard and making it look garish. Spend a few minutes really looking at your landscaping features. What are your favorites?
It’s those fluffy fronds of your Foxtail Palm, right? We knew it. Love those things. Light those, so people passing by can appreciate them, too.
Don’t Forget the Driveway
Driveways these days can be underfoot works of art, with dazzling patterns, colors, and textures. They’re almost too pretty to drive on, right?We often talk about the importance of lighting driveways for safety, but highlighting an impressive paver driveway with a wash of light adds great curb appeal, too. It’s a great example of how an everyday feature of your home can increase curb appeal with landscape lighting.
Make It Welcoming
Everybody knows you need lighting at your front door so people can find their way without tripping and first responders can read your address at night.
But go beyond safety and use lighting to make a beautiful, welcoming front entrance — it’s a great place to increase curb appeal with outdoor lighting. Update lighting fixtures that are old, out of style, or too small. Go bigger to make a real design statement.
Add big dramatic planters to your front porch with bold plants, and light those, too.
Landscape Lighting for Curb Appeal: Pretty Plants
Those plants you walk past everyday, no big deal, can add stunning curb appeal with the right lighting at night.
Plants with lacy leaves or frilly fronds cast delicate, captivating shadows with expert lighting. Add extra drama to big, bold tropical plants. That six-foot tall spectacular Croton adds stunning color to your yard during the day, but dramatic shadows at night.
Uplight your Pygmy Date Palm and watch how its multiple trunks take on a whole new look once the sun goes down.
You’ve invested a lot in your Central Florida landscaping plants. Put them to work to enhance curb appeal with landscape lighting.
Flexible Lighting at Your Fingertips
Consider a landscape lighting system with separate zones you can control. That lets you put your front yard on its own timer, to stay on longer than your backyard, for bonus curb appeal.
Need Landscape Lighting for Curb Appeal in Central Florida? Trust Ground Source
While you’re inside hiding from those gangsters or eating the last serving of ice cream from the freezer, (no judging) your Central Florida home can offer up serious nighttime curb appeal.
But not if you leave it in the dark.
We’re landscape lighting experts, but our skills don’t stop there. We’re with you every step of the way as you plan your perfect outdoor space.
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