I have always been enamored with the magical sparkle of patio string lights. They not only extend our garden time into the evenings, but they also transform the scale of our outdoor spaces in a special way.
Let me explain. When we create outdoor spaces or rooms, we should consider the design of the floors (paving, lawn), walls (plants, fences), plus ceilings. Ceilings can be open to the sky or we can use elements like pergolas, umbrellas and tree canopies. These bring the scale of our garden room down to a comfortable size day and night. String lights, on the other hand, transform the ceiling from day to night. Placed zig-zag above a garden room they provide a mostly-open ceiling during the day, but at night transforms a space into a cozy, magical place. When the sky is dark and the lights are bright, the lit-up ceiling feels closer to us (and more enclosed), thus making the evening scale more intimate. Pretty cool.