String lights aren’t just for Christmas: 13 ideas to decorate with all year round
Don’t pack those string lights away after the holiday. Instead, use them to add light and a little personality throughout your home. Whether you have small colorful strings of lights, white LED lights, bulbs or fairy lights, there are plenty of ways to decorate with string lights. You can go big and bold or keep it simple and elegant. Here are some ideas to inspire you to decorate with these string lights year-round.
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1. String around a ground plant.
If a floor plant like a monstera or palm is in the corner of the room, consider using a lightweight string of lights or fairy lights to add a little brightness to that part of the room. Waterproof, battery-operated LED fairy lights would be a great choice because they are lightweight enough not to weigh down the plant, plus they come in a variety of colors.
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2. Decorate a mirror or wall art.
When removing holiday lights at the end of the season, keep a rope to wrap around a mirror or piece of wall art you want to display. This is an easy way to add a beautiful glow to your living room, bedroom or focal point. Any set of the best indoor string lights can add glamor to a home.
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3. String lights along rafters or railings.
Lamp string lights are not just for outdoor decoration. It’s easy to recreate the same fun effect that string lights create on an outdoor pergola indoors. If the room has exposed beams or open railings, this is a great place to install string lights year-round to add some soft lighting to the room. These ball string lights are easy to hang, and each strand is 25 feet long – and can be easily added to – if you need more light or have a large area to cover.
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4. Light the stove.
Decorating your fireplace mantel with strings of lights doesn’t have to be just for the holidays. Try weaving a strand or two of string lights around pictures, small pieces of artwork, and anything else that’s on display on a shelf throughout the year. Want to add a little greenery while you’re at it? Consider a lighted olive wreath featuring warm fairy lights.
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5. Use the string of lights as a lamp.
Need a little extra light? Do you have little space for a table or floor lamp? Hang these string lights from the ceiling to add a little extra light to the bedroom. This is a great option for a child’s room, as the white or colored lights can create a fun glow that can be used as a night light. Wrap them around bed posts or create a dreamy canopy with those extra holiday lights.
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6. Light a vase.
Place a string of lights in your favorite vase and let the soft glow illuminate the room. Place the vase on an entry table or on a shelf as simple year-round decor. Use lights that can change color to decorate for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and any time throughout the year. These color changing lights are a great option because they come with a remote control and have 16 different color options.
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7. Prepare the bedroom.
A great way to decorate a teenager’s bedroom is with brightly colored LED lights that can be synced to music and controlled with a remote control. Plus, they’re easy to hang; All they need to do is stick the LED strips onto a clean, dry surface, so there’s no need to take out screws or install hooks. Hang them where the wall meets the ceiling to create a border or place them under shelves and a desk for a more subtle look.
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8. Used as a chandelier.
Can’t decide on a chandelier for the dining room? Use some string lights to create a dramatic look. You’ll need a craft hoop (available in several sizes on Amazon), a way to hang it from the ceiling, and a string of lights that complement your style. Try these star string lights that can be controlled with a remote. Or, for less subtle types, try this light cascading chandelier at Anthropologie.
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9. Turn on the heater.
It’s common to see string lights wrapped around outdoor trees, so why not try something similar indoors? Decorate an unused fireplace and create a healthy ambiance by wrapping string lights around some logs and branches and placing them at the base of the fireplace. Change the color of the lights to coincide with the holidays, or keep them soft white for a warm glow all year round.
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10. Show the workspace.
If you work from home, you know that it can often be difficult to separate work from home. Use string lights to divide your desk and work area. String them on the wall around your workspace, or cover the desk with string lights. This is also a great option for dividing different spaces in a small studio apartment or shared bedroom.
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11. View photos.
Mix the string of lights with favorite photos. Display all your photos by cutting them directly onto a light string like this photo string, which has clips for 50 photos, eight modes, and a remote control to change the look to suit your mood. This is a great choice for a teen’s room or a simple way to decorate a home office.
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12. Spell it.
Use rope lights to illustrate reminders or create a certain ambiance for the room. Do you need to remember to relax or focus? Spell it out with rope lights hung on the wall above your work area or reading nook. Decorate the kitchen by writing “Eat” or “Enjoy” on the wall. The options are endless.
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13. Decorate flower pots.
When string lights are placed outside, they can create the appearance of fireflies once the sun goes down. Try adding fairy lights to potted flowers on your porch or front step. Many fairy light strings have timers you can set and are battery powered, so no outlet is needed.
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