Fairy lights are for life, not just for Christmas… There really is a myriad of uses for fairy lights to add sparkle and charm to your entire home, inside and out. From adding soft, chilled-out twinkles to your bedroom to creating character-filled features in the lounge, here are the top 10 fairy lights ideas to make your whole home shine.
1. Make fairy light jar lamps
Twisting fairy lights and putting them in old jam jars or mason jars is a beautifully rustic way to add light and warmth to your lounge, bedroom or even bathroom. The soft glow they emit is perfect for a laid back atmosphere. You could choose classic, warm white light, or for extra pop, you could go for bright white light or even coloured. At Party Lights, our copper wire string lights are ideal for fairy light jars as they’re compact and elegant. They’re also battery-powered so you can place them wherever you wish. They even come with a remote control so you can change the vibe to match your mood at the touch of a button.
2. Add drama to trees and plants
Fairy lights shouldn’t just be reserved for the Christmas tree. You can create features of indoor (or outdoor) plants and trees at any time of year with fairy lights. Go for white lights for less of a festival feel, and you can place them strategically to light up interesting leaves and branches, adding radiance and drama. Our green wire cluster lights are great for lighting up your plants as the subtle green wire camouflages well, letting the twinkle effortlessly shine through.
3. Make a warm and inviting fireplace
Whether you have a real fire or not, fairy lights can be used to add warmth and light to your fireplace, creating a dramatic focal point in your lounge. String them along with the mantelpiece, around pictures and/or mirrors, and if you don’t have a working fireplace, you can even entwine them around logs to create the ultimate, magical faux fire. Our premium fairy lights work well around fireplaces as the transparent cables don’t stand out, letting the sparkle take centre stage.
4. Brighten up the kids’ rooms
Kids love twinkly lights! And the best thing about the kids’ rooms is you can play with colour too. Add multicoloured lights to highlight features like shelving or pictures, or place them around bedsteads for soft, night lights. You could also create a relaxing space or reading corner with calming fairy lights. At Party Lights, our LED fairy lights have 10 different settings, and you can switch between colour options, so you could do sparkling coloured lights for party time, and switch to dimming soft white lights for quiet time.
5. Frame your mirror with fairy lights
Give yourself the VIP treatment and add a touch of Broadway class to your bedroom mirror by creating a fairy light surround. Not only will it make your mirror look fab, but it’ll also give you a DIY light-up mirror perfect for close up beauty tasks.
6. Sleep under the stars
For a magical starry sky in your room or the kids’, you can drape fairy lights across the entire ceiling. Strings of white lights (either bright or warm) across the ceiling create the illusion of a twinkling night sky – ideal for budding astronomers and big dreamers.
7. Make a feature of staircases
Staircases can be beautiful, particularly if yours is naturally wooden or ornately carved. Make a feature of your stunning staircase by wrapping fairy lights around the posts and/or bannister, drawing attention and highlighting its beauty. This can work really well if your staircase is in your lounge, but it can also add extra light to hallways as well.
8. Create a chillout zone
Whether it’s in a spare room or simply a section of the bedroom or lounge, fairy lights are a great way to create a chillout zone for a bit of self-care. Team fairy lights with soft furnishings like blankets, drapes and cushions, and you’ll find yourself with the ideal spot to curl up and unwind with a book and hot chocolate. Warm white fairy lights work best because of their soft glow.
9. Place fairy lights under (or above) kitchen cabinets
And don’t forget about the humble home hub, your kitchen. You can place fairy lights under cabinets to create subtle downlights or put them above to highlight features and add twinkle. Fairy lights work great in kitchens that have dining areas too, as you can soften otherwise harsh lighting for intimate, relaxed dinners. You can even entwine fairy lights with faux foliage for a rustic, country kitchen look. Check out our dual colour fairy lights that you can use in both bright light for cooking or warm light for dining.
10. Light up your outside space
You can add whimsical charm and an enchanting atmosphere to your outside space with fairy lights too. Wrap outdoor fairy lights around tree trunks and branches, and highlight fencing, plants and pergolas with a touch of sparkle for a space that you can relax and entertain in, long after the sun has set.
Ready to shine?
There you have it, the top 10 fairy lights ideas you can use across your home, at any time of year. Sparkle is just too special to enjoy it only at Christmas. Here at Party Lights, we sell a range of indoor and outdoor fairy lights from battery powered to mains, and from warm white light to multicoloured.
Check out our full range of fairy lights here and get ready to shine.