Using Fairy Lights in Your Home All Year Round (Guest Post)

The
twinkle of a well-positioned string of fairy lights is utterly
irresistible, regardless of the season or the weather outside. Too
many people take down their fairy lights with their Christmas trees
and fail to receive the year-round benefits of using fairly lights to
decorate their homes. Whether your decorating style is more bohemian
or sleek and contemporary, there are ways to effectively incorporate
fairy lights into your home.


Living
Rooms


If
you’re lucky enough to have a real fireplace in your living room,
you can save on the cost of gas or wood, and pile fairy lights into
an empty grate. This is an effective and budget-friendly way of
making use of a hearth that hasn’t been fitted with a gas or
electric fire. You can also hang a long string of fairy lights,
preferably in a warm colour, from the top of the chimney breast to
create a sense of height and space in your living room. Draping fairy
lights along the windowsills of any room in the house will create a
stylish effect, but remember to switch off fairy lights and let them
cool before allowing them to come into contact with curtain fabric.


Kitchens


Try
filling a large glass bowl with fairy lights and placing it on the
kitchen table for an unusual and eye-catching centre piece. You can
also do this with old glass jars. If you have planters stocked with
herbs on the kitchen windowsill, edging the rims of these containers
with fairy lights will create a pleasing display.


Children’s
Bedrooms


Stringing
fairy lights around the headboard or bedframe is a popular bedroom
feature, although this might not be appropriate for young children.
When decorating a child’s bedroom with fairy lights, it’s
recommended that they are placed out of easy reach. Examples of this
include making a fairy light picture rail, or edging the top of a
large mirror with lights. Fairy lights around the headboard of a
child’s bed might prove tempting to fiddle with and this can
potentially be dangerous. Remember to unplug
your child’s fairy lights
before they go to sleep.


Gardens


Fairy
lights can look equally effective in the garden, so try decorating
trees by winding fairy lights around the trunk and draping them over
the branches. You can also wind these lights over patio furniture,
including deckchairs and picnic tables. If you’re planning to use
fairy lights in the garden, make sure you look for high quality LED
bulbs, like those available from Bright
Lightz

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