Here's a simple tutorial on a sturdy and professional-looking way to to hang string lights on your porch or patio. Caitlin Ketcham of Desert Domicile shows you, step by step. It's on The Home Depot Bl (Outdoor Patio Step)
If your deck or patio is partially covered, drape lengths of fabric or canvas between the joists to create shade. Space out the pieces of fabric for a more transparent look, and add lights to illuminate the space at night.
Adding String Patio Lights To the Pergola! The best prices I found on good black wire hanging industrial looking patio lights. I researched for a LONG time! Commercial quality for not a ton of money. Adds so much character to your backyard landscape!