Lighting is one of the easiest (and least-expensive) ways to cast an enchanting spell on any outdoor space. Try these ideas when you want to illuminate a setting and create a distinctive mood. Romantic lighting should be soft and subdued but bright enough to see what you are eating. It’s good to be able to see your food. Because the eye is drawn to areas with the greatest amount of visual contrast, it doesn’t necessarily take many lighting fixtures to create a really beautiful effect. If everything is highlighted, then nothing stands out and nothing is special. Instead, consider what features you want to show off, and determine how you plan to use specific outdoor areas.