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How to Boost Your Home’s Nighttime Appeal

What Is Nightscaping?

Daylight saving time has ended, the nights are longer, and days are shorter — you know what that means: Time to invest in nightscaping for your home.

But what exactly is nightscaping, and how do you give your garden areas the right glow? We offer answers on transforming your pitch-black patio into a vibrant veranda when the sun goes down this season.

Before we light the way to your brilliant backyard, we should define nightscaping. Nightscaping is the act of designing and placing accent lights throughout your landscape to enhance the beauty, curb appeal, and value of your home.

Not only is nightscaping a great way to transform your home exterior, but it also affords many unique benefits, including:

  • Security: Nighttime lighting can help deter unwanted intruders from your home since they are less likely to target homes with increased visibility.
  • Safety: With a well-lit exterior, you’ll be less likely to trip, fall, or hurt yourself due to not being able to see obstacles.
  • Ambiance: Outdoor lighting can create a new mood for outdoor entertainment areas.

3 Ways To Light Up the Night With Your Outdoor Oasis

When creating a nightscape for your home, there are three main ways that you can make your backyard “lit”:

Accent Your Best Features

Decorative koi pond in a garden at night


Nightscaping is all about highlighting your home’s best features in the dark. Add outdoor lighting to highlight gardens, trees, statues, water features, pools, hot tubs, and unique architectural elements.

When accenting these features, it’s best not to overdo it by only selecting a few of the most prominent items you’d like to highlight. Otherwise, you could produce more light pollution than intended for your neighbors.

Pave the Way (Without Stubbing Your Toe)

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One way to increase mobility and safety at night around your home exterior is with pavers. Adding a stone walkway will stand out at night and offer a smooth surface, so you don’t have to worry about watching where you step. Make sure any paths you install are supplemented with walkway lighting to enhance visibility in these areas and reduce walking hazards.

Create a Welcoming Warmth

Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace is an excellent way to create an inviting space. If a fire feature is too outside your comfort zone, you can also achieve a welcoming glow by choosing lights with a warm color temperature to replicate the feeling of a campfire.

Not only do warmer lights create a cozier, homier feeling, but they aren’t as bright as lights with a cooler temperature. That means your neighbors won’t find them as distracting or offensive once the sun goes down!

Trust Four Seasons Landscaping for Your Landscaping & Nightscaping Needs

If you’re looking to bring luminous elegance to your outdoor oasis, Four Seasons Landscaping can help. Our team specializes in nightscaping, creating beautiful lighting designs that leave your home feeling safer, more secure, and more welcoming than ever. With more than 40 years of experience and a deeply personalized design process, we are confident in our team’s ability to bring your landscape vision to life.

Contact our team online to get started with an at-home nightscaping consultation today! 

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