Not just for Christmas: How outdoor lighting can transform your space

The Independent

Alexandra Nord, the creative director at Millier, international interior design and architectural practice, believes that deciding exactly what you want to light is key to achieving a successful lighting scheme.

Nord says: “Sculptural, dramatic planting and textured surfaces can be highlighted with discreet floor uplights, spotlights, garden post lights and contemporary wall wash fittings.”

Nord adds that lighting sculpture or planters is not the only way for lighting to be directional. Exterior wall lights and even pendant light fittings for porches “should be chosen to complement the surrounding architecture”. Millier conducts lots of architectural research before planning an outdoor lighting scheme, often to source modern interpretations of lighting that may previously have been incorporated into the original design.

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