I know most of of use string lights during the holidays, but did you know these pretty little sparklies can light up your decor all year round? Upscale hotels and restaurants use them indoors and out, regardless of the season. So we thought we’d inspire you to using these little beauties all around your home! Using string lights to decorate brings style and light into your decor, for minimal effort and cost… Check out these guidelines and ideas!
String Light Decor Ideas
Safety : Most ordinary holiday style mini lights are safe to use indoors year round. However, if you are using them next to anything flammable, we recommend you consider using LED versions… In fact, we recommend that anyway! They are much cooler in temperature, and they save energy and they last forever… They have come down considerably in price in the last few years as well.
Firefly Lights : One of the newest types of string lights are called firefly lights. They are smaller lights on inconspicuous wires that are a much cleaner look than traditional mini lights. They can come with an attached battery pack for areas that have no power plug ins, and those packs usually have timers so you never forget to turn them off! (If you use traditional string lights, consider getting a timer you plug in to the wall, then plug the lights into, at the hardware store.) Look at your craft stores, or online for firefly lights. Love these for string light decor! In fact, check out our DIY Christmas tree using only firefly lights! (And don’t forget to save the idea for next holiday season!)
Keep it Consistent : Remember to match the cord color to the color of the item in the daylight. Don’t run a dark corded string light around a white post, or a white string along a dark wall.
Ok, onto some great string light decor inspiration!
String Light Ideas- Decor
From ‘Annaleena’s Hem‘, this idea involves bringing in a large branch, and simply wrapping it with lights… then leaning it in a corner. What is easier than that? And it look’s so elegant!
Another example of ‘Restoration Hardware‘s’ starry lights, this time wrapped around a mirror. I love this idea because just like candles, the light is reflected in the mirror, and makes the effect seem doubled! Great for a small home, too!
This “yum” sign is a cute idea by ‘Apartment Therapy‘ for the design office. Photo by Sarah Rainwater. Hooks or even push pins could help create any word that works for you! Mine would be “hope”…
From ‘Design Sponge‘, another mirror wrapped with string lights… it just glows!
More firefly lights by ‘Urban Outfitters‘…
From ‘Lights 4 Fun‘, use indoor fairy lights to hang photos from clips… perfect idea for a teen room!
‘A Merry Mishap‘ has a DIY tutorial for you on how to make this DIY rope light strand. Nice string light decor project that adds a little texture and creative charm!
Restoration Hardware ran their starry lights into glass cloches. Simple! Got a spare glass cake stand around? Mason jars?
‘Junkaholique‘ takes it all one step further and covers a whole wall with string light decor. This made this hallway area go from the most boring room in the house, to the least!
String Lights – Bedrooms
Got a bed canopy that needs some magic? Then do like ‘Get out of this place‘ did, and use string light decor! This would be a good place for cooler LED lights…
Another idea for bed canopies and string lights… however, we found this on Pinterest, and cannot find the source! Since someone shared it on Pinterest with the intent of… well, of sharing, we didn’t want to leave it out! Does anyone know the original source of this photo? If so, please share in comments so we can give proper credit! In case you can’t tell, the lights were strung on top of the canopy, so they show through when lit, but not as obvious when they aren’t.
From ‘Mrs Jones‘, two towel rings mounted on the ceiling, fabric, and LED string lights… Your own starry night!
These next few are great inspiration, but we’re at a loss as to where they come from, except Pinterest! 🙂
More words in lights!
Behind a canopy, just in the back…
Behind a headboard…
String Light Ideas – Outdoor
Image Credits: Mrs Jones, Annaleenas Hem, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Urban Outfitters, Lights 4 Fun, Merry Mishap, Restoration Hardware, Junkaholique, Get out of this place, Steven Michael Photography