Shopping edit: 8 fancy fairy lights for an indoor glow

Discover the best indoor fairy lights to spruce up your bedroom, add light to your living room, or complete a nursery

Lights4fun white festoon fairy lights draped in kitchen over open shelving
(Image credit: Lights4fun)

Not just for sprucing up student accommodation or rented rooms, fairy lights make a lovely addition to any home. Especially great for adding warmth and cosiness, fairy lights – whether string, festoon or whatever else – can bring a sense of happiness to an otherwise simply decorated room. We say to make use of fairy lights in a bedroom or living room, but there's nothing stopping you from winding them around your stair bannisters or draping them around a bathroom mirror. 

There's no denying that fairy lights have power when it comes to filling spaces whether big, small or awkwardly sized. To pay homage to their room changing abilities, we have rounded up our pick of the best fairy lights to provide you with some shopping inspiration and ideas of where to put them in your home.

We've got every type of fairy light going, from fairy lights for your bedroom, to indoor fairy lights that can be used outdoors too. With plenty of funky shapes and sizes to choose from, this is your ultimate guide. Eyeing up some festoon lights? These are everywhere at the moment, and not just strung over patios either, as they look just as gorgeous indoors. String lights, on the other hand, are perfect for creating a whimsical feel, adding to that industrial, exposed look that we adore. Keep scrolling to find some of the loveliest indoor fairy lights around.

Visit our garden lighting ideas page if you are searching for outdoor fairy lights. Perhaps you already have some, and you're not sure where to style them? Don't miss out.

The fanciest fairy lights for indoor use 

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How to choose the best fairy lights

Battery or mains-operated? 
This is important to consider – battery-operated fairy lights allow you the flexibility of displaying them away from a socket. 

Warm or cool light?
This is all about what you prefer – cool light suits more contemporary, Scandi schemes; warm light is better for traditional, cosy spaces. 

String length
The fairy lights you're checking out might look like a bargain, but if they're only a metre long, you might want to move on to a more generous length. 

We've included a combination of fairy lights here, for both indoor and outdoor use, while others are just for outdoors. For the best outdoor fairy lights to use at Christmas time, see our other guide. 

Where to buy fairy lights?

Shop more lovely indoor fairy lights below. Click through to see each brand's range of fairy lights and shop for this purchase right now, with ease.

Otherwise, if it's outdoor Christmas lights that you are searching for, we've got plenty of festive suggestions.

Annie Collyer
Head Ecommerce Editor

Hi! I'm Annie, and I'm the Head Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes. I've been part of the Real Homes team since 2018, when I joined as Deals Editor. Along with covering major sales events — from Black Friday to Amazon Prime Day — I review home must-haves so that you can buy with peace of mind. Mostly focusing on home fragrance and sleep, as well as a few vacuum cleaners, I've tested pretty much every item you can think of that you need in your home. I live on the outskirts of the city in a two-bed apartment with my husband and my pug, Doug. So I am always searching for compact alternatives and ways to save floor space. What about when I am not typing away? Well, you'll find me enjoying an iced coffee (no matter the season) and trying out the latest brunch spots the city has to offer, or booking my next holiday. Where else can you find my words? Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, Gardeningetc, and Woman & Home.