FAIRY LIGHTS ARE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

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

Fairy Lights are not just for Christmas - add a 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

Fairy Lights are not just for Christmas - use as 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

Fairy Lights are not just for Christmas - add a string of bulbs as an alternative to overhead lighting

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

Fairy Lights are not just for Christmas - use string lights to add ambiance to a shady 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

Fairy Lights are not just for Christmas - or candles, lanterns and nightlights either

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.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Reply

    Emma Knowles

    March 30, 2018

    I love the simplicity of the white kitchen and the way the decoration and floor compliments it!

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      deardesigner

      March 31, 2018

      That’s my favourite pic too 🙂

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    Cate St Hill

    March 12, 2018

    Love festoon lighting, perfect for summer evenings and definitely not just for Christmas! x

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 12, 2018

      Now all we need is summer. 🙂

  3. Reply

    Stephanie

    March 10, 2018

    Inline fairy lights in the garden, brings it to life at night doesn’t it. I agree not just for Christmas

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 11, 2018

      Glad you liked the post Stephanie 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    March 10, 2018

    Oh all these inspiration pics are just so gorgeous! I bought a bunch of little sparkly LED string lights (like the first pic) over Christmas and I didn’t want to take them down! I might have to just leave them up next year 😉 We also strung our pergola with fairy lights which are solar powered and it really just makes it look so magical at night! I love the look xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 10, 2018

      I love the lights on your pergola. Sadly I’ve not had much luck with solar lights. They seem to only work for a while. Thought I might try battery operated lights this year 🙂

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    Pippa Jameson

    March 9, 2018

    Pretty images Carole x

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      deardesigner

      March 10, 2018

      They are, aren’t they Pips. All from Lights4Fun x

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    Stacey Sheppard

    March 9, 2018

    I want to get some fairy lights to string all the way around the picture rail in my living room but my husband is not keen. I think they make the space look so much more cosy. I’d love that Christmas feeling all year round. Great post.

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      deardesigner

      March 10, 2018

      Thanks Stacey. Maybe he’d agree to those mini lights on a metal wire. They’re so tiny 🙂

  7. Reply

    Kate Baxter

    March 9, 2018

    Got to love a little bit of decorative lighting! Love all the imagery you’ve chosen here Carole – definitely making me want to break my twinkly lights back out of the Xmas storage boxes 🙂

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      deardesigner

      March 9, 2018

      Do it! No point in saving them for Christmas haha. xx

  8. Reply

    lucy

    March 9, 2018

    I’m a big fan of fairy lights. They can make a room look completely different. Loved your post – very inspiring x

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      deardesigner

      March 9, 2018

      Thanks Lucy. I guess we’re all girly girls at heart 🙂

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