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
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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 

1. KooPower Battery Operated Waterproof Fairy Lights

KooPower Battery Operated Waterproof Fairy Lights

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Indoor/outdoor? Both
Length of cable: 5m - 50m
Number of bulbs: 20-45

2. Lights4fun white festoon lights

Lights4fun white festoon lights draped in kitchen over open shelving

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Indoor/outdoor? Both
Length of cable: 5m-50m
Number of bulbs: 20-45

3. Dunelm String of Pearl Lit Garland

Dunelm String of Pearl Lit Garland

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Indoor/outdoor? Indoor
Cable length: 180cm in total

4. Lights4fun Warm White LED Juliet Rose Fairy Lights

Lights4fun Warm White LED Juliet Rose Fairy Lights draped around bed with grey headboard

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Indoor/outdoor? Indoor
Length of cable: 3.8m
Number of bulbs? 20

5. John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Lights, L1.65m John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Lights, L1.65m John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Lights, L1.65m John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Lights

John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Lights

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(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

Indoor/outdoor? Indoor
Length of cable: 1.65m
Number of bulbs? 10

6. Lights4fun 10 Multi Coloured Micro Fairy USB Lights

10 Multi Coloured Micro Fairy USB Lights draped over a desk and plugged into a laptop

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Trying to find some fairy lights for a smaller space? If you struggle to free up a plug socket, and you always forget to buy batteries, then you should consider USB fairy lights. Power them through a USB connection, perhaps through a laptop or desktop.

Indoor/outdoor? Both
Length of cable: 1m
Number of bulbs? 10

7. Lights4fun Warm White LED Curtain Light

Lights4fun Warm White LED Curtain Light

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Curtain fairy lights are all over Pinterest and Instagram at the moment and we can see why. They are perfect for creating a feature wall and adding an instant cosy glow to a room.

Indoor/outdoor? Indoor
Length of cable: 1m
Number of bulbs: 80

8. little home at John Lewis Peg Clip Line Lights

little home at John Lewis Peg Clip Line Lights

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(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

Indoor/outdoor? Indoor
Cable length: 2.6m
Number of lights: 16

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. 

Waterproof? 
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.