8 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate with String Lights

Keep the party going after the sun goes down with these inspiring ways to light up your yard with outdoor string lights.

String lights aren't just for winter holidays. They can provide a cozy place to read a book in the summer or bring extra light to the party when the bonfire runs low. Plus, they're an inexpensive solution to dark, unused patios. See all the different ways you can incorporate these fun light fixtures into your backyard.

How to Hang Patio String Lights

Canopy of Light

Light up the night with a canopy of large bulb lights strung above a cozy seating area. Multiple sets hung closely together give you the most light for an outdoor space that doesn't leave you in the dark when the sun goes down. This set of patio string lights is bright enough to illuminate the entire deck so you can keep the party going all night long.

String Boundaries

If your backyard doesn't have the clear boundries that a fence or patio provides, make your own with a set of string lights. Stretched accross the corners of the house, these lights line this stunning courtyard with a subtle glow. Two strands of lights hung diagonally through the center provide the space with extra light perfect for an outdoor game night.

Night Swim

Take a dip in the pool at dusk with this stunning patio light display. Simple string lights draped over arbor beams set the mood for a romantic night swim. One set of patio string lights is enough to get the job done without disrupting the beautiful natural surroundings.

Light the Way

Lights strung by a pool house or she shed smooth the transition from indoors to out. While entertaining, keep the door open for guests to walk between the spaces. The dim lights makes them feel connected and provide a gorgeous backdrop to your gathering.

Beaming Light

If you don't think your backyard can support string lights, think again. These homeowners installed simple wooden posts on two corners of their concrete patio. The posts are perfect for holding up a set of outdoor patio lights, but they also work to display gorgeous planters and outdoor lanterns for additional lighting. Once strung and lit, this space is ready to entertain.

Twinkle, Twinkle

When working with outdoor patio string lights, you don't have to go big. These scaled-down string lights provide more of a twinkle than a fully lit space. Hung casually under an arbor, twinkle lights are more for decoration and help set the mood for a fun, relaxing night under the stars. These also work well for screen porches that already have a main light source.

Dinner Party

Make your patio table the ultimate dining escape with a single strand of string lights hung above its center. The dim lighting sets the perfect mood for enjoying late-afternoon food, drinks, and dessert. However, be sure to have additional lighting, such as outdoor sconces, available for when the sun sets and the party is just getting started.

Happily Ever After

Like a scene from a fairy tale, this backyard dazzles with decorative outdoor lighting in the trees overhead. String several sets of patio lights from branches to your house to create the ultimate cozy backyard corner. Complete with poufs, soft rugs, and lots of fluffy pillows, this seating area is made to be enjoyed from day to night with good company.

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