And for the first step, let there be light! Light is the first element of design. Without it color, form, and texture diminish. Lighting is essential for any outdoor area, especially when it comes to smaller patios or decks. Lighting enables a patio to be used, regardless if it is dark or not. Stringed lights are the new fad, which promote a warming atmosphere that creates a sensational view for you and those accompanying you to sit under. Globe style string lights are the most popular, and in our opinion are the best looking. Many of these options allow for different colors and brightening or dimming options.