Richmond is a great place to live during the holiday season. From Lewis Ginter’s Festival of Lights to the tacky light tour, the whole city shines from Thanksgiving to Christmas. You know us, we love a great lighting display, but having your home shine at night doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some tips for creating a beautiful and welcoming holiday lighting design.
Start with the basics. Holiday lighting can be as time consuming or as simple as you’d like. We suggest starting with the easier tasks first (that still make a big impact) and then take on projects that may take longer. Your front porch is a great place to start. If you have columns or porch railings, first wrap them in a garland and then in string lights. There are numerous pre-lit garland options on the market, but make sure to read the packaging to verify it is indeed outdoor safe. Having the lights around your porch instantly makes the home look and feel more festive.
If you want something a little special, consider wrapping columns or porch railings in alternating white and red stripes like a candy cane!
Adding lights to your bushes and trees can make a big impact on your overall outdoor lighting design, but it can take more time than your front porch depending on the number of shrubs and trees you’d like to light. Start with the bushes close to the home and then move further out into the property.
There are numerous other lighting applications that you can tackle at your pace if you’d like to add something special to your lighting design. A few examples include:
- Lighted spheres. With chicken wire or grapevine balls (which look better during the day) and some string lights you can create beautiful lighted spheres. You simply wrap lights around the ball and hang wherever you’d like. They’d look great hanging from a covered porch or from a small tree in the front yard (like ornaments!)
- Holiday lanterns. Outdoor lanterns can be found at many home stores or online. For your holiday display, add Christmas bulbs or greenery to the lanterns as well as some string lights. They’ll be a beautiful addition to you home.
We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are so excited for the holiday season and to see the beautiful outdoor lights of Richmond!