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8 Ways to Use Holiday Lights All Year Round
The allure of holiday lights is undeniable. With a soft, low light and a look that’s reminiscent of stars and candlelight, fairy lights are an easy way to create an enchanting environment in any space.
The festive season may be (long) over, but if you’re finding it hard to part ways with your fairy lights, here are some creative ways you can keep them up all year without drawing the ire of your neighbours:
1. Enchanted Garden
Now that the weather is warming, you can make evenings in your garden more pleasant by lending it some ambience with fairy lights. Move your holiday lights from the front bushes to the trees in your backyard, drape them along the fence, edge your pathways, or hang them overhead.
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Make sure you’re using lights that are rated for outdoor use:
2. Radiant Room Divider
Invite the enchanted outdoors into your home with a modified room divider. Remove the panels to create a frame and install branches wrapped with fairy lights using nails or glue.
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Use warm or cool white to recreate the look of fireflies amongst the branches or switch things up with a pop of colour using multi-colour lights:
3. Beautifully Lit Memories
Start by hanging strings of holiday lights along your walls, either straight across or in a zig-zag fashion. Attach photos to them using clips, tape or any other material you have handy to create a beautifully displayed wall of memories.
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Keep it classic with string lights or try shapes for an even more eclectic look:
4. Creative Chandelier
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Wrap fairy lights around a chandelier fixture to create a unique and eye-catching look that works both in and outdoors. This glittering chandelier is also perfect for wedding or party decorations.
5. Decorative Jar
Dress up empty jars and vases by adding fairy lights and a seasonally-appropriate accent. We like moss and stones for spring, sea shells and sand for summer, and pine cones for fall.
Build on the theme with festive seasonal lights:
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6. Emphasize Window & Doors
Use holiday lights to add some illumination to your entranceways and windows. This is a great way to highlight and accent architectural features.
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Rope lights will fit snugly against frames, but for a looser look, try traditional string lights:
7. Create a Cozy Space
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Whether it’s a comfy reading nook or a fun little fort, grab a few of your favourite pillows and blankets, string up some sheets and add fairy lights to create an inviting area to escape to on rainy days. For an extra cozy fort, use warm white.
8. Light The Way
Hang fairy lights across your ceiling for a soft light – use low lumens and warm white for something dark enough to act as a night light, or run them down the hallway for an easy way to find the bathroom at night. This way, you won’t subject yourself to harsh light that will make it more difficult to fall back to sleep.
Shine & Sparkle for Every Season
Just because the holiday season is over doesn’t mean you have to abandon everything you love about it! Incorporating fairy lights into your decor year-round is a simple way to keep a little bit of holiday magic with you into the summer.
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Sarah is a long-time employee of the Lightbulb Company, with a background in hospitality and a keen awareness of the important role lighting plays in our everyday lives. She has worn many hats at our company over the years, developing an extensive knowledge of lighting and the lighting industry. She is passionate about working with customers, understanding their needs, and providing them with the best possible solutions.