Outdoor Ambiance

Three Easy Ways to Add Instant Outdoor Ambiance

Set the stage for festive parties, romantic evenings, or relaxing weekends in your back yard by creating unparalleled ambiance with one or more of these simple outdoor additions: Lighting, Fountains, and Fire.


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solar lantern

Extend the use of your back yard into the night with sconces, lanterns, umbrella lights or landscape lighting. Whether to light up the whole yard, emphasize distinct landscape features, or add soft mood lighting, outdoor lighting sets the scene for any occasion. While string lights and umbrella lights take a little time to put up, it is an easy DIY process. Many lanterns hold a worry-free battery or solar operated candles, others utilize lit candles. While some landscape lighting requires professional installation, many solar options have come onto the market that makes setup a snap.


Grand or petite, a fountain adds interest and atmosphere to your porch, garden, or patio. The subtle sounds are soothing and relaxing. The soft splashing can drown out less desirable noises in the back yard and the water will attract birds and other wildlife. A built-in water feature can be used to create a backyard pond that facilitates different types of vegetation and even koi or other fish. Many larger fountains require a power source; however, solar fountains can be installed anywhere that they receive ample daytime light. By adding a fountain or water feature, any empty area in your yard can be turned into a focal point.

Backyard Fire Tables and Fire Pits

Make the most of your patio or pergola by adding the element of fire. Take the chill off on a cool evening and extend the use of your back yard for more months of the year with a fire table or fire pit. Nothing matches the warm glow and crackling sounds of a fire beneath the stars.

There are lots of options, choose from small tabletop fire pits that run on ethanol, wood-burning fire bowls, or conversation sets centered around a fire table fueled by either propane tanks or natural gas. Many options are easy to set up yourself. Whether roasting marshmallows, staying toasty or merely to add atmosphere a fire pit is an easy addition to take your patio to the next level.

Read more about elevating your back yard in our related articles: Creating an Outdoor Oasis.