Decorating with string lights doesn't have to be limited to the holidays or your outdoor entertaining areas. In the bedroom, these lights can be a budget-conscious way to create a magical, romantic or playful effect while providing the ambient light you want.
Choose small, clear lights, also called fairy lights, to add a touch of romance to your bedroom. These lights look pretty when paired with sheer fabric. Create the look of a headboard by hanging the lights with sheer drapes on the wall behind the bed, or hang them across the frame of a four-poster bed for a dreamy canopy.
Fairy lights may seem like the go-to style for the bedroom, but don't stop there. If you can dream of a design, there's a good chance there's a string light that has it, from lanterns to lighthouses to flowers to dragonflies. If you like do-it-yourself projects, you can even make your own lights, using silk flowers or other novelties to fit the theme you want.
Create a whimsical theme in a child's bedroom with animal, sports or arts-themed lights. Flowers are a good choice, as are airplanes, boats and ballet slippers. Let your child choose based on her interests.
Consider draping or winding lights along a curtain rod installed over blinds, or across a headboard or mirror. You could also hang a row of string lights along a wall or window for a special touch, or to visually separate a room.
You can create your own unique fixture by inserting a string of lights into a vintage hanging lantern, empty Mason jar, wine bottle or glass brick. For a mystical touch, particularly in a child's room, twist strings of fairy lights into the shape of tree branches.
While incandescent bulbs provide a warm glow, you may want to consider light-emitting diode (LED) lights, which are more energy efficient, run cooler and last longer. Keep these safety tips in mind:
See Also: Lighting Planning Guide
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