LIGHTS Lighting is an important consideration in outdoor design and is being used more extensively — and correctly — than in the past. Functional lighting, which enables the space to be used at night, is still mostly attained with traditional floor lights. However, the trend is for these to be positioned higher so the light source is hidden. Mood lighting, which adds depth to the space at night, is becoming more and more popular and is easily created with LED lights. These can be bold or subtle, warm or stark white, or tinted with a colour such as blue or red. These lights can be strategically positioned to draw attention to a plant or garden feature, or to create different areas of low light and washes of light to create mood.
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HEATING AND SHADE Heat and shade are becoming more of a consideration for outdoor spaces as they are the difference between a spot that is used constantly or only when the weather is not too hot or cold. Radiant heaters and firepits are now more popular than space heaters as they provide just the right amount of warmth and atmosphere to make sitting out beneath the stars an enjoyable experience. Adjustable louvres and retractable awnings are the most popular shade structures due to the flexibility they provide. They give the user the option of having sun or shade, particularly handy in smaller spaces where the area needs to be versatile.
Home automation and smartphone connectivity continue to become more affordable and easier to use, so it’s little wonder people are more inclined to install these systems. In pools, this can mean easier cleaning and heating, easier management of lighting and water features, or simply the ability to control a filtration system remotely. Home automation systems often include centralised control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks of gates and doors, and other systems to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Automation systems can be integrated with garden lighting to create exciting night-time shows in the garden or living areas that are in sync with whatever music is playing.
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