The nights are dark before you've even arrived home from work but don't let that stop you using your outdoor area.
Good, Old-Fashioned Candlelight
There are some amazing candles on the market nowadays. You can make an arrangement or use different candles for different areas. There are also great display accessories you can use to enhance the look. Tealights are great on a coffee table, just easing through some soft light through so you're able to see where you coffee is (...or wine!). Pillar candles are a great centrepiece to any table and are often great on walls in ornate hangers as shown below.
We've all made paper lanterns, however technology has allowed us to create some wonderful looking lights that act more like decorations than anything else. There are still some amazing tissue paper lanterns around, however you can go one step further and create something quite elaborate by choosing patterned tissue paper or high quality handmade paper. Your options are endless! Another fabulous idea is set out here and will create an amazing finish and light up any outdoor area. For extra safety, consider using battery operated candles. They're easy to use and have a great effect (some even flicker!) and are much safer around children.
If you have a long driveway or walkway to your house, you will benefit from some solar lighting solutions. They're very affordable and look great lighting up the pathway to your home. A great idea is to dot them around the garden among shrubs and trees to create light and bring attention to parts of the garden you're particularly proud of. If you have a pool, they are great around there for the warmer nights where you feel like a swim. They create mood and ambience in an otherwise pitch black setting.
Consider some of these option to brighten up your winter. There's always a way to admire your back yard with a few simple touches of light.