For homeowners looking to add perceived value to their property, the right outdoor lighting can do wonders for a home’s exterior.
No one knows that better than John Gidding, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block.” Here, Gidding shares ideas for how to use fixtures to make the best first impression.
1. Match your finishes.
When it comes to lighting and other features of a home’s exterior, little details — like finishes — can make a big difference.
“Around the front door, the metal finishes on the lighting, house numbers and door hardware should all match,” Gidding says. “It gives the impression of a well-designed and well-thought-out place that makes a great first impression."
Pictured: Part of Robert Abbey’s new outdoor collection, the Z560 outdoor pendant is a fresh take on a traditional shape that would complement many home styles.
2. Don’t overlook the front door.
In addition to being stylish, outdoor lighting should also be functional, providing much-needed illumination around areas like the front door.
“Outdoor lighting makes for a much more welcoming entrance,” Gidding says.
Pictured: Hinkley Lighting’s Freeport Collection features a classic New England design accompanied by a black finish and clear seedy glass for a traditional style that complements a variety of exteriors.
3. Consistency trumps trends.
On “Curb Appeal: The Block,” Gidding says he doesn’t pay much attention to what’s hot at the moment.
“I don’t really follow trends,” Gidding says. “It’s more about the fabric of the neighborhood.”
Pictured: This lantern from ELK Lighting’s Worthington Collection has a timeless feel, thanks to a weathered rust finish and reeded detailing with clear seedy glass.
4. Make a statement.
Lighting should stand out even when off, Gidding says.
“I don’t want the lighting to just be seen 12 hours a day. I want it to be seen all the time. That way, it really becomes a feature on the house,” he says. “Don’t shy away from scale. Put something big and bold up there.
Pictured: For homes with a more modern look, the new Pier 60 series from LBL Lighting adds texture using a metal grid of beams in varying sizes. A replaceable 9.6W LED module illuminates the fixture, creating a visually interesting interplay of light and shadow.
5. Match your styles.
“It’s crucial to match the style of lights to the style of the home,” Gidding says.
He adds that he will sometimes bring in eight or nine outdoor lights to choose from to make sure they look right with the home’s exterior.
Pictured: This Tudor wall lantern (#2704) from Solária Lighting is perfect for keeping with the rustic character of a Tudor-style home.