Christmas fairy lights are essential to a cozy festive atmosphere, with even the simplest string of fairy lights adding ambience to a room. But Christmas isn't the time to hold back on decorating, so why not mix and match two or three (or more?) different fairy light designs?
Plus, there's the exterior of your home to think about too... We've gathered a glittering array of festive fairy light ideas to suit all tastes and decors, from minimalist to opulent. So just keep scrolling to get inspired...
1. HANG FAIRY LIGHTS AROUND KITCHEN CABINETS
The kitchen often gets a bit neglected when it comes to Christmas decorations. A really simple way to bring some of the festive vibes into your kitchen is fairy lights. String them up around your cabinets or open shelving, you could even get some garlands or just a bit of greenery to hang up too. Simple but super effective.
2. STRING FAIRY LIGHTS ALONG YOUR KITCHEN TABLE
Add something extra to your Christmas table (or just your everyday kitchen table) by stringing some fairy lights down the center. Depending on what look you are going for add some candles, foliage, and decorations to twist your lights through
3. OR DISPLAY FAIRY LIGHTS AS A TABLE CENTREPIECE
Copper wiring adds a lovely warmth to a string of festive fairy lights – perfect for warming up a room visually. Hang yours up or make a display with them in a jar or vase. Make a jar of fairy lights all ready for you to just pop on the table or on a windowsill.
4. DON'T FORGET TO ADD SOME FAIRY LIGHTS TO THE BEDROOM
Just get some command hooks and string them above your bed. Easy peasy. And who says you can't keep them up all year?! You can always give them a most festive twist by combining them with some paper chain Christmas decorations or Christmassy foliage.
5. CHOOSE STAR-SHAPED LIGHTS FOR REFLECTIVE MAGIC
Hang a single one in a window or group them together on a sideboard, you can even use them on a tree and it looks fab!
6. PUT FAIRY LIGHTS ON ALL YOUR SURFACES
If you don’t have a ton of room for decorating with fairy lights, just make the most of surfaces – a window sill, the top of a console table, a set of shelves. Use these areas to create a festive display. Even something as simple as some twigs in a vase with some fairy light strung around can be an effective, super easy Christmas decorating idea.
7. DECORATE YOUR STAIRS WITH ALL THE FAIRY LIGHTS
Staircases are the perfect place to decorate at Christmas and the easiest and most effective way to do it is with fairy lights. Keep it simple by stringing some LED rope lights along the banister or go all out and add a garland as many LED candles as your stairs can handle.
8. WIND FAIRY LIGHTS AROUND THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BANISTER
And if it's not super practical for you or your family to have the banisters covered in a forest and fairy lights, switch the decor to the base of the banister instead. Wind your fairy lights in and out and add a touch of foliage too – you can also have some bows tied in there too!
9. GO FOR A BOTANICAL CHRISTMAS THEME
Botanical-themed fairy lights work particularly well as part of the festive table arrangement. Intertwine them with real house plants, or choose ones that imitate Christmas favorites such as holly.
10. GET A RETRO LOOK WITH COLORED FAIRY LIGHTS
After years of being out of favor in comparison to their warm white counterparts, colored lights are back! String them up under the eaves or around for a proper retro Christmas feel.
11. BRIGHTEN UP THE EXTERIOR WITH OUTDOOR LIGHTS
One of the best things about Christmas is the added light from people's house decorations – and, boy, do we need all the extra light we can grab during this time of year. Go as understated – or OTT – as you like, it's all part of the Christmas spirit!
12. ADD CASCADING LED LIGHTS FOR A DRAMATIC EFFECT
With tiny LEDs our rule is: the more the better. And rather than getting tangled up in lots of different strings of lights, get a garland that is designed to be used as a cascade. For a similar look, go for warm white lights on a clear cable.
13. QUICKLY POP SOME LIGHTS UP ON A MANTLE
We have said it before and we will say it again, an empty mantle at Christmas is a sad mantle. They are so simple to decorate too, even if you don't have the time to make a full-on garland, just string up some fairy lights to add a warm festive glow.
Safety tips when hanging fairy lights indoors - and especially outdoors
Test and inspect all your lights before decorating
Don’t use nails, screws or tacks to hang lights
Use extension cords that are rated for the environment where you’re hanging them and electrical load you’re putting on them
Don’t overload electrical sockets
Don’t put extension cords where they can be walked on or tripped over
If you must use a ladder:
Inspect it to make sure your neighbor didn’t damage it when you loaned it out last
Secure the ladder or have your helper hold it to prevent unexpected movement
Get the right size ladder that will keep you off the top rungs
If your ‘spare tire’ is touching the rungs when going up, you should not be going up.