When the sun sets, our windows become inky black voids.
But windows are more than just openings that let in light.
They’re also essential for creating a sense of continuity between our indoor and outdoor spaces.
Indoor and outdoor spaces should flow naturally, just like rooms within the interior space.
Frank Lloyd Wright was a huge proponent of indoor and outdoor spaces blending in and out of one another.
He designed many stunning homes that featured floor-to-ceiling windows and covered patios that seamlessly connected the inside with the outside.
Even if we don’t spend as much time outside as we’d like, having a view is still important.
This is especially true at night, when everything outside becomes consumed by darkness.
A well-lit window can provide us with a sense of peace and tranquility, even when we’re inside.
So next time you’re thinking about your home’s interior design, don’t forget about the importance of windows.
They’re more than just openings that let in light.
At night, our view outside is obscured by a blanket of darkness.
We’re not trying to make nighttime sound overly morose, but it is true that nighttime can greatly hamper our relationship with our exterior spaces.
Landscape lighting has the benefit of connecting interior and exterior spaces by reducing the black hole effect we often see occur with windows at night.
When a landscape doesn’t have any lighting, it will make windows appear from the interior as dark planes.
Illuminating objects in the landscape, even if it’s only a few key elements, allows the eye to move past that black plane of glass.
Layering our outdoor lighting throughout the landscape can actually enlarge our perception of our interior space.
An interior lighting scheme calls for different kinds of lighting for different times of day.
A good lighting plan will use layers of light with different qualities (different kelvin temperatures and lumen outputs) to create the right atmosphere.
Exterior landscape lighting allows us to carry these layers even further by reaching out beyond a room’s four walls.
Instead of the windows framing a dark black void, we can look at the softly cast shadows and dappled leaves from a stunning tree.
Up-lighting a tree’s canopy provides an exterior layer when viewed from our interior space.
Richard Kelly, one of the most celebrated architectural lighting designers of the 20th century, was adamant about how the modern home is only conceptually complete once the landscape outside could be visually felt inside.
Casting light throughout the outdoor periphery was essential to all his domestic projects.
In many of his designs, especially with smaller homes, the trees outside the windows are the most emphatic sculptural presence felt inside the home.
In order to satiate the interior viewing habits homeowners were accustomed to enjoying during the day, Kelly reconnected them to the landscape.
He lifted away the blanket of dark and reinvigorated people’s sense of space that night had stolen.
Outdoor lighting is experienced from inside the home 90% of the time.
Illuminating the trees and vegetation in the landscape lends depth to our home’s composition and creates a sense that our windows are part of a larger order and are not the bounding edge.
When the perimeter of the landscape is lit, it actually helps enhance our personal sense of privacy by lending us greater visual control over our surroundings.
Being able to glance out the window and see that nothing is out of place is comforting, whether we consciously are thinking about it or not.
Establishing visual territories in our landscape, whether they be focused on lighting outdoor living areas, or providing visual control throughout the landscape, can be all the order we need.
When we extend the reach of our indoor living out into the landscape with lighting, we visually claim that space and make our interior living part of a larger order.
It doesn’t matter if we are indoors or out, we want our spaces to relate and flow in and out of each other with ease.
If we are in a dinning room overlooking the patio, that view ought to draw us outside, even if its only drawing our eyes.
Our outdoor space should fill our peripheries with something enticing.
On a charming summer night our exterior lighting helps us feel that pull to spend more time outside.
Outdoor lighting can make our interior space feel more comfortable.
Transforming a dark window into a beautiful view can be as simple as adding the right light.
At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do.
For over 20 years, our award-winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people’s homes and businesses across the Wasatch front and beyond.
If you have an upcoming project you’d like help with, call us at (801)440-7647 for more information, schedule a free consultation, or feel free to simply fill out a contact form on our website.
Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah installs, maintains, and repairs lighting systems throughout Utah’s residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis & Utah Counties.