If you’re like most families, you spend a good amount of time in your backyard. It’s typically where your kids play, and you relax and entertain. You may even have a lovely vegetable garden growing in the back. Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to have some well-placed outdoor lights where you spend the most time. But what about your front yard? After all, that’s what people first see when they come to your home. The right lighting placement significantly impacts your home’s curb appeal.

Here are some tips for bringing out the beauty of your front yard.

Illuminate Pathways

Placing lights along your front walkways is an excellent way to enhance your home’s beauty and increase safety for family and guests. Either in-ground or above-ground lighting works well to illuminate dark spaces. There are several options, including rock or glass shades, to give your lights a unique look.

Wash Lights

Wash lights emit a soft, diffused light that can highlight large areas without creating harsh shadows. They provide a warm and welcoming glow and can also be used to accentuate unique architectural features, such as columns or archways. You can also place them at the base of trees, shrubs, or other outdoor structures to create beautiful silhouettes against your home.


Placing warm-toned LED lights in trees or other high points in your front yard gives the appearance of the moon shining down. It provides a subtle yet striking effect that creates a serene, dreamy atmosphere that is calm and welcoming.

Spot Lights

Spotlights are versatile fixtures that allow you to efficiently highlight specific areas of your front yard. They can produce a dramatic effect by casting interesting shadows and are perfect for creating an enchanting nighttime ambiance. Placing them behind plants and trees creates a three-dimensional effect.

Additionally, you can use spotlights to create different moods or change the look and feel of your yard throughout the year, such as during holidays or special occasions. 

Wall Lights

Wall lights are simple yet effective for illuminating your front yard. Installing them near the entrance of your home and along your exterior walls helps accentuate your home’s features while improving safety and security. There are several styles of wall lights, so it’s easy to find one that complements your house.

String Lighting

String lighting is the perfect way to add whimsey and charm to your front yard. There are so many hanging options to choose from, such as intertwining them through tree branches or hanging them around your front porch. You can also light up a pathway by draping string lights across shepherds’ hooks.

When designing the lighting for your front yard, it’s important to remember that you are not just illuminating your landscape. You are also creating a mood and enhancing the nighttime curb appeal of your home.

Houston Lightscapes are the experts in finding the perfect outdoor lighting design. Our family-owned business works with homeowners throughout the Houston area, and we will work with you to create a unique arrangement that suits your needs. 

Contact us for a free consultation by calling (713) 461-3600.

The team at Houston Lightscapes takes pride in their many years of experience in the landscape lighting industry. They've been serving the greater Houston area for over 30 years bringing innovation and elegance to their designs. Learn more about Houston Lightscapes here.