Posted on June 13, 2014 by John Bruce
You’ve heard a lot about outdoor lighting – how it can improve your experience of outdoor space, how it can increase security, and how it even has the potential for increasing your property value. But your Kansas City home is small. The beautifully designed outdoor lighting you’ve seen is installed on properties much larger and more lavish than yours. You may be asking: Isn’t it just for big homes? No, not really. While many homeowners who add outdoor lighting do own large properties, outdoor lighting can improve any home, no matter how small.
When skilled outdoor lighting designers, like Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, approach a project, we focus on highlighting the best characteristics of the property. Like large properties, smaller homes have unique, beautiful characteristics. While they may not have stone walls, iron gates, or columns, they might have distinctive shutters, elegant landscaping, or a one-of-a-kind pergola or trellis. The best outdoor lighting designer will find ways to bring notice to beauty that is already there but is hidden by darkness. For a recent small project, the client’s landscaping was more distinctive than the house itself, so we focused on the property’s strengths. The lighting design only required ten lights, and while the house itself was not highlighted, we bounced ambient light so there was plenty of visibility to navigate the area while the landscaping shined.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we use a variety of fixtures and techniques. Some of them can even make a space look larger. We direct where viewers look using various lighting techniques and knowledge of sight lines and how people perceive the world around them. Other contractors, like landscapers who do outdoor
Small spaces seem larger with professional outdoor lighting
lighting on the side, won’t approach lighting your property this way. Without a wide selection of fixtures and the ability to control them, their outdoor lighting could overpower your smaller property, leaving you with “hotspots” and little ambiance.
Don’t abandon the notion of adding outdoor lighting to your property because you believe your home is too small. In the right hands, every property’s look, security, and functionality can be improved. So call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. As the area’s premier outdoor lighting designer, we would love to coax out the very best of your small home.
John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City