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Brighten Your Outdoor Decor in Winter – A Unique Element of Color to Beat the Winter Blahs

It’s no wonder that many folks suffer from the post holiday “blahs.” As the holidays come to a close and we start to take down all those festive decorations and lights, things can seem a little drab, leading us to search for ways to recapture the life in our surroundings. The first thing to do to reignite our senses is to simply open up all the blinds and curtains to let as much light into our homes as possible. Sunlight alone can have an uplifting effect on mood.

But then we look out the windows and find that much of the sensual experience of our landscape is missing this time of year. Winter has visibly set in across our outdoor environment. Empty branches remain in all but our evergreen trees, our lawn has faded to a pale straw color and most other color has faded from our landscape. Now, I am a nature lover, and I know that we are supposed to enjoy the graceful look of the leafless tree branches and that every season has its beauty, but I just miss the color!  Of course there are some flowers that can survive the cold winter temperatures; like pansies, which seem to smile back at you even through a blanket of snow, or ornamental kale for some color and texture in your beds.  But let’s face it; unless you live in a tropical climate, the color options for your winter landscape are fairly limited.

Thankfully, there is another option to brighten your landscape that you may not have encountered at the nursery or the home improvement store. I recently discovered some wonderfully creative artisans that design and create (by hand) glass wind chimes in an amazing array of colors and designs that add a whole new element to patio and garden décor. Glass wind chimes, you ask? Ah yes, but more than wind chimes, these are like art glass for your patio or garden. We have hung one right outside our living room window for a pop of color when we look outside across the now-barren tree line.

Now, you may have wind chimes hanging in your yard or on your patio now, some of them even with a little color, but these chimes are pure color in this luminous tumbled and frosted glass that is designed to be hung outdoors. When I say luminous, I mean they truly light up when the sunlight hits them! They are like having a wind chime and a sun catcher all wrapped in one! There are even floral designs that look like beautiful blossoms. I think they just may tide me over until those spring blossoms return to our landscape.

If you are wondering how you will brighten up your environment once the holiday decorations come down, this is one idea that may delight your senses.  And when those warm spring breezes return, they will continue to bring sound, color and light to life in your surroundings – and a break from the ordinary, which is my favorite part.

Decorative Outdoor Lighting Effects to Turn Your Landscaping Into Something Special

Doing decorative outdoor lighting, you’re allowed a canvas that you can get very creative with. You can create effects that range from the totally dramatic to the barely noticeable. Lighting can create romantic effects, fairyland effects, and anything else that you choose. And decorative outdoor lighting plans can make use of the landscaping around as well as different kinds of lights to create a beautiful effect of light and shadow that can really add to the beauty that the architecture and landscaping of a property possessed to begin with.

Let’s start off with accent lighting. These are little umbrella shaped lights that allow you to emphasize certain places and light other places up for functional reasons. If you could place a number of these along the garden path right next to the plants that border it, you create a beautiful lighted path effect that not only lights up where you want to go, but also brings a totally novel look To your garden. It can make for a beautiful decorative outdoor lighting scheme.

Downlighting and uplighting effects can make for some pretty awesome results. With a floodlight aimed downwards off the edge off your roof, you can easily light up any dark area of the garden that could perhaps provide an easy hiding spot for intruders. But functional purposes aside, using floodlights for a downlighting effect can help you showcase your entire landscaping with a good bit of general lighting flooded all around.

Uplighting, which is lighting aimed upwards, can make for some pretty dramatic decorative outdoor lighting effects. What is uplighting anyway? You know that game that children like to play where they position a flashlight right under their chins for the scary effect they get? That’s uplighting for you right there. What can you achieve with it? Positioning lights aimed upwards under objects that create shadows can make for a pretty surreal outdoor lighting effect.

Outdoor lighting doesn’t necessarily have to be bright enough to clearly light things. The whole idea of decorative outdoor lighting is about doing things for the sake of aesthetics and not function. They make moonlights to place around the garden for just such a need. As you can imagine, moonlights offer subdued lighting of the kind that would recall regular moonlight to mind. Usually, they attach these somewhere high up in the trees. With the light coming in through hundreds of leaves, you’re left with a really beautiful moonbeam effect.

Deck lighting to use on a balustrade certainly provides safety for functional purposes. But deck lights are so tiny that they create a starry fairylight effect. It can make for a particularly cheerful outdoors in your compound.

Outdoor Decor and Interior Design With Curtain Rods and Window Coverings

A beautiful yard is like a fabulously decorated home with Curtain Rods and Window Coverings: well thought out, purposefully designed and carefully put together.
If the impression your yard gives is as important of Curtain rods to you as the interior of your home for window coverings, you’ll want to invest time and thought into this outdoor extension of your living space. You’ll enjoy the rewards of your efforts for many years – and receive many compliments along the way!

Okay, to start: you’re the landscape architect – pull up a chair and let’s get to work! Let’s start by deciding:

What you want to use the space for.

This can be single or multi-purpose. Talk to everyone in the house and curtain rods and Window Coverings brainstorm together. You may want to keep the entire space in thick, green grass just for putting practice (single-purpose). Or you may want to have a space for the kids and another for adults (multi-purpose). Do you cook outdoors? Want a flower bed? How about an area for your pets?

The other thing that goes hand-in-hand with this is considering what you’re working with.

Is your land flat, hilly, rocky or full of trees?

How much sun/shade does each area get at different times of the day – and will it make a difference for that area’s purpose?

Do you have a noisy neighbor? You probably wouldn’t want to put a meditation corner near them.

Safety should be the first consideration for children’s play areas. Place them away from streets and alleys, don’t position the slide to end in the pond (unless that’s what you want) and keep Fido’s pooh-pooh area far away from their little feet! Using curtains and curtain rods we stop the direct sunlight in home. By using window coverings and curtain Rods we get cool sun light. Its an energy saving Idea.

Now get out a pencil and paper – or landscaping software – and map out the spaces, keeping in mind the “lay of the land” and other pertinent factors. For now just make general circles or squares to mark the space for each purpose.

What style you want to use.

Is it formal, informal, country, eclectic? And don’t forget to consider what’s already there, like the architecture of the house or the style of existing fencing. Consider the style of existing structures of curtain rods & window coverings that will stay and how those styles will fit in your plan.

What color palate you’ll use.
Of course you must consider other existing colors: siding and trim on existing buildings and fences, landscaping colors, maybe even the color of a neighbor’s garage if it’s butted up to your yard.

My house is blue with white trim, and that’s what I chose to use for the outdoor décor and interior Décor by curtain rods and window coverings: my chair cushions are a great blue floral, the stone deck is colored blue-gray and I just planted one of those gorgeous blue hyacinths next to the neighbor’s white fence. Now, I could have gone with a green palate because there’s so much green in the yard already (grass, trees), but that’s just me.

Now comes the fun – uh, I mean the hard part: shopping for everything you need. And color coordinating and curtain rods & window coverings it. And making sure the styles coordinate. And having friends over to analyze the work (over food and drinks of course). And somehow, somehow managing to hold up under the enormous amount of praise and compliments you’ll receive for your labors.

It’s a tough job. But someone’s got to do it. Might as well be you!