String lights and summer just go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you're looking to jazz up your outdoor space on the cheap and make the most of patio hangs this season, you can't go wrong with a strand of lights (or two). Not sure where to get started? The following 25 spaces will show you just how exactly you can install string lights in style this season.
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Jenna Shaughnessy attached wooden poles to her deck in order to easily install string lights, painting the wood to match her deck's stain. It only took her an hour to complete this project, but the result will have a major impact all year long.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Kelly Mindell added string lights to her backyard's lounge space so that it could function as a nighttime hangout spot, too. Their placement right off of Mindell's patio keeps the entire backyard space feeling cohesive.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Rustic and Relaxed
Chelsea Johnson hung string lights above her patio's dining area, making al fresco dining that much more festive—not to mention more functional.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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White and Bright
Megan Roberts added subtle white string lights (they're hanging from the veranda) to her crisp patio. Those who prefer a more simple, modern look may wish to follow suit and opt for strands that can be more easily camouflaged.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Subtle and Simple
Dabito's colorful back patio features a simple strand of string lights that make evening gatherings more pleasant without distracting from all of the vibrant accents. His setup proves that string lights blend well with all types of decor styles. Lighting doesn't need to be over the top to make an impact.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Element of Surprise
Kelli Mullins opted for string lights that can change color zigzagging across the porch ceiling, which adds extra intrigue to her outdoor space. Talk about a fun twist—and instant conversation starter. Young ones will especially get a kick out of lights with this type of feature, making them perfect for outdoor birthday parties.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Raise the Roof
Lindi Vanderschaaf added both string lights and an outdoor chandelier to the floating deck that she installed in her backyard. Here, the string lights provide the illusion of a roof, which helps tie the space together.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Pretty and Portable
Miranda Wulfekoetter built removable outdoor string light poles in order to add a glow to her backyard. This tactic makes it simple to take lights down during colder seasons to protect them from the elements.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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With a minimalist backyard makeover complete, this space now features a welcoming fire pit flanked with four Acapulco chairs and illuminated by string lights. The setup is perfect for small summer gatherings—just add s'mores.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Cheap and Chic
Carrie Higgins can't get enough of her backyard oasis, made complete with string lights that she installed after adhering just one $4 pole to her deck railings—so simple, and cheaper than a latte!Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Brittany Merth wove string lights around the beautiful exposed beams on her back patio. The end result? Totally rustic chic. This look is perfect for Scandi design enthusiasts, too.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Rather than sticking to traditional globe shaped bulbs, Rachel Paxton opted for enchanting twinkle lights in her backyard. Her space couldn't look more romantic or charming. Who's in for date night under the stars?Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Ariel Garneau wove string lights through the panels of her fence to add a casual, cheerful touch to her backyard. In another spot, she strung globe lights through a trellis—the more bulbs, the merrier! And how sweet is her little birdhouse?Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Sarah Fogle made her light poles extra functional by placing them inside planters, which add a welcome green touch to her outdoor space. As a bonus, the plants help conceal and soften the more industrial like polesContinue to 15 of 25 below.
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Cristina Garay secured twinkling lights to her outdoor umbrella, and the result helps provide additional warmth and adds an element of surprise to her space. Kids in particular will adore this type of dining setup.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Mix and Match
Lisa hung both pendant lights and string lights while turning her backyard into a casual retreat. Consider this a sign that if you like multiple types of lighting, you should just go for it—after all, the brighter, the better!Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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All of the Accents
Daniel Kanter majorly transformed his backyard, with a new fence and gravel making a huge impact on the space. Of course, string lights were a must when it came to finishing touches. And truthfully, what outdoor social area would be complete without them?Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Jackie Giardina proves that even a small balcony can look nice and luxe with the addition of string lights. We love how she mixed her strand in with a few funky white lanterns, too.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Like others, Jenna Sue also made use of planters to support string lights in her backyard. She promises that this transformative DIY is easy enough for beginners to tackle.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Emily Manera jazzed up her beautiful Joshua Tree Airbnb with string lights that add an extra cozy factor to the outdoor lounge space. Who needs stargazing when you have a sky of twinkle lights?Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Line It Up
Hanging string lights in two parallel lines as seen in this space by Vertical Arts Architecture can make an expansive outdoor space feel a bit more relaxed. Best of all, this positioning doesn't obstruct the property's stunning nature view.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Amy Naidoo used her string lights to create a diamond shaped pattern that adds lots of visual interest to her backyard on the cheap. Plus, it balances out the imposing nature of such a dark fence.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Trick Out the Trellis
Jessica Stegbauer's trellis shines with all of the lights. Such a simple fix can make a space more usable and cozy in an instant.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Black, White, and Lights
Alexandra Brogly also wove lights into her trellis, and they complement her black and white scheme perfectly while providing plenty of illumination at night.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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The More the Merrier
Carla Isolano mixed different styles of string lights—icicle and bistro style bulbs—on her back patio to create a one of a kind arrangement. If you like multiple looks, why settle on just one?