Casual Outdoor Landscape Path Lighting

Casual path lighting can add a bit of fun to the trek across the yard. The point is not to impress or awe. The point is to put the walker at ease and possibly even bring a smile to their lips.

A two-foot tall copper umbrella may add just the whimsy you seek. But why stop there? Add a verdigris frog clutching the base of that umbrella, struggling to hold it up. That ought to defuse any pretentiousness. You should be able to find the umbrella alone for about $80. Add in the frog and the price hops up to $120.

A short lighthouse may be another way to achieve the same effect. White, with a red top and frosted glass, they can light the way for a weary traveler. But sailor take warning! Because of the craftsmanship involved, these don't come cheap. You can expect to pay over $250 for a lighthouse that doesn't even reach three feet in height.

Or consider a mission lantern with a brass hood and satin etched glass. You can put it directly atop a post for under $100. Or you can hang it from an elegantly curved pole attached to a sturdy base for under $150. Get it with tinted glass to add a splash of color.

Or consider a mission lantern with a brass hood and satin etched glass. You can put it directly atop a post for under $100. Or you can hang it from an elegantly curved pole attached to a sturdy base for under $150. Get it with tinted glass to add a splash of color.

More abstract designs can prove enjoyable as well. Instead of a single straight pole, choose a lamp that rests on three poles that curve loosely around one another. A brushed aluminum bowl inverted at the top will complete the effect. Even a simple design like this can run more than $160.

All of these designs can add enjoyment to the scene, both by day and by night. By night they light the pathway, but by day they can be examined in detail, showing off their fresh, whimsical boldness.

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