When you are renting a home, it can be difficult to customize your outdoor space considering the limitations often placed on renters. You are probably not allowed to make permanent changes such as painting, paving, landscaping, or concrete work. However, there are many things that you can do to make your rented yard, patio, or other outdoor space feel like an extension of your home. Lighting is one way to make a yard more functional and beautiful. These days there are many types of outdoor lighting available that will add polish and drama to your yard without making you lose your security deposit.
Path Lighting: When you light a pathway in your yard, you add beauty, drama, and visual interest to the space. More importantly, lighting your path will make it safer at night. Traditionally, path lights are attached to a cable that is laid underground, and all of the lights are wired together. This is convenient because they can all be turned on with a single switch. However, laying a ground wire may not be an option for a renter. But this doesn't mean that you can't install path lights in your rented yard. Consider installing solar path lights. Solar lights contain a small battery and have a small solar panel on the top. Solar lights are not connected to one another, they are each an independent unit. This means that you cannot flip a switch and have them all turn on or off. However, they are convenient because they turn on at dark and turn off when the sun comes up. This means that your path is lit all night. Each light is staked into the ground, and can easily be removed and taken to your next rental when you are ready to move on.
Outdoor Candle Lanterns: Candles add a classy touch to any space, and can be an unexpected sparkle when used outdoors. Candles are particularly beautiful if you have an outdoor dining space, as they can add an intimate touch to any dinner party. The problem with using candles outdoors, however, is that they are so sensitive to wind and can be extinguished with even the slightest breeze. Outdoor lanterns solve this problem. Lanterns are made of metal (usually aluminum or cast iron) and can be hung or placed on a table. Lanterns add just as much light as a candle. Having candle lanterns placed around your dining area will make your outdoor space seem like an extension of your home. They are perfect for renters because they look timeless and lovely in so many different spaces, so when you move you can take them with you and they will look as great in your next place as they do in your current one. For more information on these type of lanterns, contact Alive With Items.
Tiki Torches: Tiki torches create a very specific ambiance in your yard. If you are looking for a way to make your backyard feel like a tropical paradise, tiki torches are the perfect touch. Traditionally made of bamboo, you can also find tiki torches made of glass or metal, and in many different shapes. Tiki torches can be driven into the ground, and can be removed and taken with you when you leave.
Garden Lights: Similar to Christmas lights, garden lights come on a strand and plug into an outdoor socket. If you have access to an outdoor socket, and your space is small, garden lights might be the perfect touch. They are available in many different shapes and colors, and they add whimsy and interest to your space while providing a little extra light.
With these options available, even renters can have an outdoor space that they love.