To extend your outdoor experience, you’ll need a few essentials: seating, a heat source and, of course, lighting. Replace your old and drab light fixtures with exterior lighting that complements your Mid Century Modern decor. Here are our favorites.
Starburst pendants aren’t just an indoor statement now! Since it’s enclosed in a glass and iron box, the protected starburst can light up your nights outdoors, too. Arteriors Zanadoo Large Outdoor 12 Light Pendant, $2,290.
This tapered light fixture the perfect complement to a vintage-inspired patio. RLM mid century 15 ¼” blue outdoor hanging light, $342.
Retro shades are always in style, and this dome light comes in three bright and four neutral colors to choose from. Dome outdoor pendant, $356–$458.
If you’re after exterior lighting that’s unique, this pendant light will certainly catch your guests’ attention. It’s like a hanging art sculpture. Umbra 1-light outdoor pendant, $2,000.
Create a calming atmosphere with one or several drum pendant shades. Perfect as a single focal point or scattered above an outdoor table or under a pergola. Drum pendant shades, starting at $43.
Wall Lighting and Sconces
Get a clean look with this aluminum cylindrical light. 310 series wall-mounted up/down light.
Make a statement with this oval light that’s sure to get some attention. Troy Lighting exterior Stratus B6503, $778.
For a fancier fixture, consider one reminiscent of champagne. This sconce has a glamorous appeal with its with seeded crystal and aged brass finish. Cinema 2-light LED outdoor armed sconce, $726.75.
It’s the perfect circle. The opening at the top emits light down the front that falls to the floor with a circular glow. Flindt wall lamp, $884.
Want a modern upgrade from your standard porch light? This is it. Modern exterior globe sconce, $39.
Simple and efficient, this exterior lighting fixture is a an option for those who prefer a clean, minimalist look. Single bullet ceiling fixture, starting at $90.
We love a good lamp post! Since you’re not limited to a wall or ceiling, you can place this on a garden path to ensure your way is lit anywhere in your backyard. Caterham 1-light post light, $374.99.
If you’re looking for other ways to enhance your exteriors, check out our favorite MCM address numbers and plaques!
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You’ll tour modern marvels that wow from inside to out including a magnificently renovated 1957 Van Evera Bradley home in the Pacific Northwest, a Streng Bros masterpiece in northern California, and a stunning 1960 Bill Blurock in Pasadena, California. Explore a new-build poolside retreat in New Jersey with a killer outdoor kitchen and learn about a glass concrete and steel home in wine country where Japanese meets modern. Order your copy here.