5 fun, easy and affordable ways to brighten up your outdoor space

(BPT) - If you love entertaining friends and family outdoors, you're not alone. Transforming outdoor areas into extended living spaces continues to be a huge trend, as anything and everything from smaller balconies to spacious porches and patios creates an opportunity to expand your home environment well into the evening hours with one crucial design element: lighting.

Lighting an outdoor space can make a world of difference in creating ambience, lending additional functionality to a space or improving aesthetics within a space — making or breaking an evening barbecue, party or intimate gathering. Luckily, lighting choices are one of the most affordable ways you can enhance any area of your home, and outdoors is no exception. Even small changes like swapping your light bulbs creates the perfect opportunity to have some fun and express your personality with different colors and design styles.