Outdoors

Try This! Chandelier on the Porch

By now we're all familiar with the latest styles of outdoor rugs, colorful patio accents and modernized weather-resistant wicker -- but now it's time to go beyond the basic shopping list and think of finishing touches.

The best place to start: mood lighting. Yes, lanterns and over-sized citronella candles can help do the trick. But for that extra-special touch, whether you have a lush garden setting or an urban outdoor escape, consider adding an outdoor chandelier. It will add a touch of romance and a lot of charm.

Many companies are making outdoor-friendly light fixtures (the electric kind) but there's something to be said about an "old-world" style candle-lit fixture. The one in the photo above adds an elegant ambiance to evening entertaining, while in daytime it provides some extra architectural interest to the casual gazebo. Lazy country days have never looked so chic.

We were feeling so inspired that we rounded up a few of our favorite outdoor chandelier ideas:
 
Repurposed Pretty
It can be hard to find the perfect dramatic chandelier that's suitable for the outdoors. Instead of narrowing your search simply to the exterior-friendly section at The Home Depot, scour thrift stores or flea markets for a statement-making chandelier (one that no longer works will be extra budget-friendly). Simply remove the wiring and replace the bulb sockets with taper candles and voila, outdoor chandelier. Bring the fixture in during rainy months to prevent rusting.
 
Tie One On
If you're lacking a spot from which to hang a chandelier, don't fret: use a swag of rope to drape a pretty fixture over a simple table for a dramatic outdoor setting, as was done in the romantic scene for a Domino magazine shoot. Better Homes & Gardens featured a home with a similar strategy -- roping a candlelit chandelier from a porch awning -- in their roundup of Casual Porch and Patio Dining.

Do it Yourself
Still can't find the right fixture to bare the outdoor elements? Make your own out of a wire basket and some jam jars! Or recycle some bottles for this colorful option.

Photo Credit: Red Cover, Alamy
 
 

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