Alfresco Dining Ideas

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Alfresco dining is one of summer’s pleasurable experiences. Creative Director Sally Storey shares her top 6 alfresco dining ideas on how the addition of light can add a wonderful new perspective to your alfresco dining experience.

Begin by adding lighting to the centre of the dining table to create a more intimate feeling. This can be achieved by the addition of exterior downlights such as the Kew Surface spotlight or Polespring downlight if you have a pergola above or by using candles for some kinetic energy.

If you have a structure, whether more solid with a full roof or a structure with vines over the top, think of adding uplight to emphasise it. A perfect solution is the recessed Lucca uplight or Kew spiked spotlight within the planting. Combine with a decorative lantern to complete the scene.

cosy alfresco dining with banquette and planting

A great way of adding more interest and another layer of light is to add exterior LED strip such as our Contour HDX24 beneath the dining table or seating, if fixed, to create a soft floating effect. Combine with spiked Hampton floodlights and Kew spotlights to highlight the planting.

Dining table in garden with softly lit planting

Add a wash of light to the surrounding planting to show off the colours and flowers when it gets dark. This is best achieved with a selection of Kew spiked spotlights for taller more structured planting or Hampton 25 and Hampton 40 floodlights for the front of flower beds or paths.

In addition spike some Carella candle lights into your flower beds to light them. These look like staked flares or nightlights and can even be used to light a path.

And finally, light your path or steps to your dining area. This is not only for safety reasons but to create a path to lead you through your garden. Consider adding the Lucca 30 step light with a glare cowl to light your way.

Are you looking to add lighting to your garden? Contact us to find out more about design service and products.