How can I light my gazebo? What types of lights are there? Which fixtures look the best?
Yep, I’ve been there — lots of questions and not enough answers!
As a creative individual who puts time and effort into making my home look homely, I too sometimes experience “designer’s block”.
That is why I have put together this list of the best gazebo lighting ideas, which are sure to fuel your creativity. I can safely say that all the entries below will level up your outdoor space.
- 1 Romantic String Lights
- 2 Modern Ceiling Lights
- 3 Glamorous Chandeliers
- 4 Mix And Match Multiple Lighting Types
- 5 Unique Gazebo Lighting Ideas
- 6 Let These Gazebo Lighting Ideas Inspire You
- 7 About The Author
Romantic String Lights
Let The Lights Dangle
Instead of running string lights along the sides of your outdoor gazebo, I suggest you only focus on the top. Wrap the lights on the upper frame and let them dangle from each side. Keep them at an appropriate height, so you won’t bump into them.
String lights will make your gazebo look like it came straight from a magazine. I think that this gives it an elegant and effortless look that will certainly impress your guests.
Keep It Simple
Simplicity speaks volumes!
Once we get a hold of hanging gazebo lights, we tend to overdo it. And don’t even get me started on the increasingly popular LED strip lights. I can cover an entire gazebo with these. But, the end result will look kitschy and potentially ruin a part of your outdoor space.
That’s why I suggest tracing the frame of your gazebo no more than once with string lights will create a minimalistic look that gets the message across. The lights will not only be easy to install, but they will keep your backyard illuminated and looking classy.
Brighten The Centre
Instead of focusing on the outer part of your gazebo, try paying more attention to the inside.
String lights mounted across the ceiling will bring focus to the center – a place where people gather and socialize.
Choose a gorgeous dangling light decoration with slightly bigger light bulbs to achieve a bolder look rather than a delicate one.
This light fixture has made my list because I think it helps you create a room-like environment with all the perks of the outdoor world. A great alternative to hanging lights would be LED strip lights for a more modern look.
Drape The Lights
Does the metal framework of your gazebo look too industrial?
A simple way to fix this problem is to attach crystal string lights, but only to the sides of your gazebo. Strategically fix each light bulb into place to create a draping effect.
I recommend investing in solar-powered light strings, some of which you can see in the Solar Magazine, the go-to source for the solar energy industry, that will charge during the day and illuminate at night. I think that this lighting style is worth trying out because it will instantly open up the gazebo and give it a romantic look.
Cluster Of Lights
Do you like glamorous décor? If so, this lighting idea will inspire you.
Wrap fairy lights around each beam, just like a vine would grow. Attach clustered lights at the very top and bottom to tie the whole arrangement together. The lights should be sprinkled outside and inside to create an effortless look.
The scattered lights resemble white flower buds, which will give your backyard a gentle exterior, in my opinion.
Highlight The Best Features
Every gazebo has its unique features. The easiest way to showcase these features is to highlight them with string lights.
The picture above shows how a row of lights at the very top brings focus to the beautiful metal dome and naturally cascading plants.
I believe that this design method is worth giving a try because it will help you put a spotlight on the best parts of your gazebo.
Mimic A Spider’s Web
String lights are versatile and can be shaped to your liking. Why not mimic a spider’s web?
Simply attach as many fairy lights as you like to the center of the ceiling. Attach each opposite end to the nearest corner to create a draping effect. If the string lights are long enough, you can wrap them around each post, as well.
This lighting idea is worth trying because it will instantly make your gazebo look different than the rest. I also suggest you add a couple of tiki torches leading up to the gazebo for an exotic vibe.
Modern Ceiling Lights
Circle The Gazebo Ceiling
Keep the lighting of your gazebo simple with recessed ceiling lights. As shown in this picture, you can circle the outer frame of the ceiling with low-profile LED lights that sit flush on the surface.
These ceiling LED lights are a staple in my book because they complement every exterior design. Unlike hang string lights, I think that they look classic and not too flashy. Plus, I really like the addition of the LED tiki torches, which light up the surrounding area even more.
Just Like A Room
Treat your gazebo just like one of your rooms. Install a singular semi-flush light, right in the middle of the gazebo ceiling. It will hang 4 to 8 inches below the ceiling, so make sure it is at least 8-feet high.
I couldn’t resist including this lighting idea on my list. The design looks classic, and it has been popular for decades. At the end of the day, I think that nothing can beat a classic idea like this. A more modern version would have a few ceiling LED strip lights.
Fan Of Ceiling Fan Lights?
A ceiling fan with LED lights is an ingenious invention. Lighting and a fresh breeze, all in one? Sign me up! And, as I found out, making this won’t even take that long.
To achieve this look, install a ceiling fan with built-in lights in the middle of the gazebo ceiling. For better illumination, put up recessed lights, as suggested by JDPElectric, a professional electrical services provider.
This lighting arrangement has double the benefits. It will keep your gazebo bright in the evening and ventilated when it gets too hot.
Industrial Inspired Outdoor Chandelier
Invest in a metal outdoor chandelier and make it a centerpiece of your gazebo. You can also turn an old candle chandelier into a modern light fixture. Spray paint it black and fasten solar string lights into the empty candle sockets.
This lighting idea is different than the rest. I believe that It is best suited for a rustic or industrial style gazebo. The robust metal framework will give your gazebo an edgy look.
Follow Your Style
A circular chandelier without crystals and intricate detailing will fit your modern gazebo beautifully. A clean-cut black chandelier in a matte finish will let your decorative pillows stand out.
This idea reminds you to always follow the theme of your gazebo. Do not introduce a traditional outdoor chandelier into your overall design by force if it doesn’t fit. Find a complementing substitute instead. Oh, and I suggest you always keep things simple, unlike the picture shown above, where the entire space is somewhat cluttered.
Make It Unique
Is it a chandelier or an art piece? Why not both?
Make your gazebo stand out with a one-of-a-kind globe chandelier that resembles a solar object, just like the ones you can see on Houzz, a leading website and community all about interior and exterior design and home improvement.
Install it in the center of the ceiling. The lower it hangs, the more noticeable it will be. Any other fixture that plays with light and shadows will do the job, as well.
I think that this idea shows that outdoor lighting fixtures do not have to be a standard cookie-cutter shape.
Mix And Match Multiple Lighting Types
Achieve Better Illumination
Here is an idea for you. Try mixing different types of lighting to achieve better illumination.
Install a classic pendant light in the middle of the ceiling to highlight your sofa and ottomans. Embellish the top edges of the gazebo with string lights. They will increase the brightness and give the framework a romantic appearance.
I have included this idea to show you that the art of mix and matching is not difficult at all. If you want to take this to the next level, I think that adding a couple of outdoor fire pits and tiki torches will change the entire aesthetic and make it resemble a tropical escape.
Explore Different Cultural Styles
Lantern lights are a great alternative to traditional hanging lights, and they can introduce an Asian flair to your gazebo.
To achieve this look, simply trace your roof edge with lantern string lights. Paint cherry blossoms on the surface of each lantern to make them your own.
I’m sure that this idea will inspire you to go beyond the borders of your home design. Let other cultural styles influence your own.
Make It Shine
Make your gazebo shine from far away with different light fixtures!
Dress up the interior of your gazebo with hanging lights. Let them effortlessly drape from each corner. Hang rustic lanterns on corner posts to make the overall design more spectacular.
How about a landing strip? I think that you can make the path to your gazebo just as glamorous with the help of garden solar lights or tiki torches.
At the end of the day, you decide how much is too much.
Make Your Roof Stand Out
Make the multi-tiered roof of your gazebo stand out using fairy lights. Install the lights on every tier to make it look like a wedding cake.
String lights are available in a variety of lengths, colors, and sizes, as you can see on this guide from Bob Vila, a leading website in DIY home improvement. They even have different lighting modes that will help you set the right mood.
This idea, I found, should inspire you to use light as a tool to bring out the beautiful shape of your gazebo roof.
A Large Chandelier For A Large Gazebo
Keep in mind the size of your gazebo when picking the right lighting fixture. A standard pendant light, in this case, would not be sufficient.
I suggest you choose a large crystal chandelier that will look proportionate to its surroundings. Make sure the chandelier is front and center to achieve the wow factor you are looking for in your backyard.
I have included this example to remind you that size can either make or break your home design.
A Big Red Heart
Pick an oversized chandelier to give your small gazebo a dimensional look. The bigger the fixture is, the more noticeable it will be.
To achieve a dramatic effect, let it hang low, just a couple of feet above the dining table. The additional green lanterns will beautifully complement the red birdcage chandelier.
I really like this lighting idea because it gives your small gazebo a big red heart.
Unique Gazebo Lighting Ideas
Opt For Old Fashioned Lanterns
I think that you can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned lantern. Hang one right above the front door. A single source of light will make your gazebo look like a lighthouse. You can choose an electric lantern or one that holds a candle.
A lantern is a classic addition to your gazebo. It will fit with the other rustic and traditional inspired décor.
Go With The Flow
Can’t be bothered installing heavy light fixtures? You’re not the only one!
I recommend you go with the flow and randomly place some small candle lanterns in and around your gazebo. The whole design will look effortless. I think that two bigger garden lanterns positioned on each side of the door will complete the look.
This idea just proves that you do not need to run electricity to your gazebo to make it look spectacular. All you need is creativity.
Let These Gazebo Lighting Ideas Inspire You
Did you enjoy my list of gazebo lighting ideas?
I enjoyed researching the options and presenting them to you. It is important that we share ideas to keep each other inspired. The design process is more exciting when joined by others.
Do you agree? I’d love to read through your thoughts in the comments below and share this list with your friends to get them inspired, as well.