** THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.
Have you been navigating through Pinterest or other apps lately? If, so, you’ve probably come across the fairy light trend for home décor.
Fairy lights are miniature string lights. They consist of copper wire with small but bright bulbs, making them impossible not to love.
They’re available, affordable, and so beautiful it can be surreal. The shimmering twinkle and soft glow create a cozy atmosphere that is especially good for brightening colder, darker weather. If you’re new to fairy lights, here are five ways to use them inside and outside your home.
Add to Various Objects
If you’re in a holiday mood in December or want a festive look all-year round, twine lights around vases, plants, or tree trunks. Fairy lights look amazing surrounding any type of plant or shrub or even hung in trees.
In addition to wrapping plants, add fairy lights to railings and windowsills to improve the boring appearance of these areas. Adding light can make walking up and down the stairs a wondrous and fun process with each trip. Additional light can also make things safer.
A great solution for unsightly wires is to wrap them with fairy lights. This also provides multiple functions, as fairy lights can improve the looks of the wire and remind you to turn off switches. It’s especially important to turn off all lights at bedtime, since sleeping with light can be detrimental to a good night’s rest.
Use to Create Ambience
Add fairy lights to the ceiling and behind sheer curtains for a fun touch. This can transform any space from an ordinary area to a dreamy and romantic destination that looks like it belongs in a movie.
Clustered lights also look amazing in these areas, but your space could be limited or you might not wish to move around the room to affix your lights. If those things are true, try hanging string light stars instead. While they might produce different effects, they can be just as romantic.
Hanging lights and adding other decorative touches can be a great welcoming gift for a loved one who is returning from addiction rehabilitation or other medical treatment. Every time they see the lights, it could remind them of you and how much you care about them.
Create Feature Pieces in Different Locations
Put on your Hollywood hat by weaving small LED lights around the edges of a mirror. This design works better for standard mirror frames and less so with frames with elaborate patterns.
Aside from mirrors, consider decorating the following items and locations with fairy lights to make them the focus of any room:
If you have an old and neglected piano in your room, fairy lights can bring it back to life. The purpose is two-fold.
- When you enter the room, the lighting
- Draws your line of sight to the piano.
- Adds a touch of character to the instrument.
The same idea works for other larger instruments and music-related items such as guitars and music stands.
For rooms with low ceilings, installing lighting structures can be a difficult process. Instead of using ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted fixtures, use fairy lights to light up the darker areas of your space to create a charming and magical effect.
As an added bonus, lighting can have a significant impact on your mood.
Any exposed walls or those with rougher textures can be softened by adding string lights. The result is a beautified and more feminine wall.
Fairy lights can balance rough, industrial looks and add a personal touch to generic environments.
Illuminate a Bottle
If you’ve always been drawn to the glow of fireflies on a warm summer night, this do-it-yourself project is a way to bring this feeling inside all-year round.
Repurpose containers and bottles of all sizes and varieties by placing string lights inside. They can be beautiful and decorative additions to home décor and serve as table centerpieces. This justifies the few minutes of work it takes to create them, don’t you think?
Mix it Up
For a more unconventional touch, combine different types of lights. This can be a gutsy move, but if you find the right combination, it can be worth it.
Art is about balance and harmony, so pair small and soft LED lights with large industrial lighting. While blue lighting can make you feel energetic, don’t pair cool and warm tones of light together, since the result could cause a headache.
While light fixtures such as chandeliers are stunning, if you can’t afford an actual chandelier or don’t want one, you can be creative. Recreate a chandelier by hanging fairy lights from a hula hoop or open your imagination to a world of possibilities to design the chandelier of your dreams.
Given their versatility, you don’t need to reserve fairy lights for holidays and special occasions. They can be used any time in many places. If you are a fan of romantic looks, consider trying the above ideas. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results.
About the author:
Patrick Bailey is a professional writer with interests in mental health, addiction, and recovery who follows several sites, including Sunshine Behavioral Health.
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