Ah, the Parisian cafe, a locale which possesses a level of ambiance admired by all, with tables and chairs that keep friends and lovers seated close together placed on richly charactered cobblestone street-side patios. And oh the lighting! Strings of glowing bulbs swag and arch back and forth to create a ceiling of light that perfectly lights the faces next to and leaves that which doesn't fall beneath it unseen, not existent. Sounds like the perfect place to spend an evening, no? If you're thinking, "qui!" then these bistro-inspired patios are for you. Here are a few great examples of how, no matter what kind of outdoor space you have, you can transport yourself to a bistro in your own backyard.


The Anywhere Bistro

With sturdy ground posts and globe string lights, you can turn nearly any place in your yard into an ambient dining area. Place your table on a gravel patio or even just grass, stake posts, and get it glowing.

The Anywhere Bistro Lighting

The General Bistro Glow

If your outdoor dining set up prevents you from stringing lights directly overhead, you can create a light canopy witing view to capture the same feeling. Use a tree or posts to create a yard light canopy.

The General Bistro Glow Lighting

The Mid-Century Bistro

Bring your home bistro into a different time with a mid-century style. Choose modern outdoor furnishings and string your lights above in a clean, linear pattern.

The Mid-Century Bistro Lighting

The Contemporary Bistro

You don't have to transform your contemporary patio style to capture the bistro ambiance. Just add the lights to your 21st century home to create a dining space with warmth.

The Contemporary Bistro Lighting


The Bistro Deck

A deck is a great place to create a cozy and intimate outdoor dining space! Place your table in the center and enclose it in beautiful light. Make an X-shape of lights above and swag additional strings around the railings on all sides.

The Bistro Deck Lighting

The True Bistro

Have an ally way or narrow outdoor space in your home? Create a genuine bistro-style dining area by filling it with multiple small tables and chair sets, instead of trying to find a large dining table to fit the small space. Then, zigzag your globe lights to create a canopy above. Friends with think they've left the county when they visit your backyard!

The True Bistro Lighting