Or come to it, string lights, candles, lanterns or night-lights either. There’s always a place for decorative lighting in any interior scheme in my view, and those little extra touches can make or break a room. I’m probably not the only one who is reluctant to take down the lights after Christmas is over. And sometimes, (keep it to yourselves) I just leave them up. But choose wisely. Pink love hearts are probably best kept in the nursery. The following ideas however, can be used all year round.
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Add a Bit of Sparkle to Shelves
It’s an old interior design trick to add a light above or below shelves to highlight collections. A bit old fashioned now if I’m honest, although still used to throw some ambient light along the top of cupboards. Much more appealing and pretty is the addition of a string of tiny fairly lights. Especially when they are casually styled and paired with some lovely houseplants. No need for an electrician to install these either. And no trailing wires if you choose the battery operated versions. And inexpensive too. A one metre string is as little as £3.25 from Lights4Fun.
Use Fairy Lights as an Alternative to a Nightlight in the Bedroom
Not that I’m saying you might be scared of the dark. But the soft glow emanating from these natural handspun looking cotton ball fairy lights would be very calming as you potter round the bedroom. I know I don’t always want to put on the main lights, or even the lamps when I’m just relaxing and catching a crafty nap. £7.99 from Lights4Fun.
Use String Lights as an Alternative to a Central Pendant Light or a Table Lamp
Sometimes string lights can be a convenient alternative to a central pendant or a table lamp. No special wiring is needed and you can plug them into any socket and trail the lights where you need them. At home we have a decent sized landing but the builders failed to consider we might like to put a table lamp there, so there is no socket. Battery operated versions of these lights would be a great solution to that problem. A 5 metre string from Lights4Fun is just £31.99.
Add Some Atmosphere to a Shady Garden Pergola
Another idea I’m going to definitely use. We don’t have any wiring for lights in our garden and our pergola could definitely do with some illumination. Not enough to read by. Just enough to add some atmosphere and a make it look pretty from the house. Battery operated Festoon Lights start from £25 for ten lights from Lights4Fun.
Never Enough Candles, Lanterns and Tea-Lights
Isn’t it just so true? They light up all the forgotten corners and add a twinkle to every surface. And if you’re worried about leaving real candles unattended Lights4Fun have a large range of battery operated candles too. Not for all the time. You can’t beat the flicker of a real flame, but just for those occasions when there are children around.