Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas anytime of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the lights used at an outdoor street fair.

Homeowners are draping them across the top of their pergola, or along their back deck. Some owners may stretch them above and across their yard to create a canopy of lights.

Watch out that they don’t become an eyesore during the daytime. The glow at night are when these lights shine. Tuck them into the top of a pergola. Or, for a photo op, drape them temporarily across a courtyard. Take a picture of it at dusk for a listing photo that shows off the entertainment space of a backyard.

Or, string the lights to illuminate the backyard during a twilight open house. Check out how these designers used them.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I really like the first photo, what a great space. This gave me some good ideas on a project we are currently working on at home.

  2. Bobo

    The real problem has always been getting power out to these areas.

  3. Backyard ideas perfect for staging!

  4. This is a great way to transform outdoors to intimate spaces.

  5. Outdoor kitchens are always a great bump out additions.

  6. This can look good, too, during daytime.

  7. Nice spot to entertain people and to relax.

  8. Definitely not an eyesore even at daytime.

  9. What a creative way of turning something average into something extraordinary.

  10. Just goes to show that creativity can go a long way in this field of expertise.