A beautiful lighting scheme is essential to a cosy Christmas atmosphere, with even the simplest string of fairy lights adding ambience to a room. But Christmas isn't the time to hold back on decorating, so why not mix and match two or three (or more?) different fairy light designs? Plus, there's the exterior of your home home to think about... We've gathered glittering array of festive fairy lights to suit all tastes and decors, from minimalist to opulent.
- Before you buy, read our feature on picking Christmas fairy lights safely
1. Display fairy lights as a table centrepiece
Copper wiring adds lovely warmth to a string of festive fairy lights – perfect for warming up a room visually. Hang yours up or make a display with them in a jar or vase.
Our favourite is the softly glowing 100 LED Star Copper Wire in Warm White from B&Q.
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2. Hang fairy lights from a door
To add festive interest to a neutral or minimalist decor, play around with a variety of shapes and sizes; string them over the door to your living room to create an unusual (and inviting) display.
We love this year's Christmas light assortment from The White Company.
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3. Choose star-shaped lights for reflective magic
Clusters of fairy lights look especially magical when used to decorate a conservatory, hallway, or dining room. The myriad reflections in the windows will multiply the shimmering effect. Three-dimensional star clusters are especially attractive, since they will send out light in all directions.
These Starburst Led Hanging Lights from Annabel James are warm and delicate – a festive must.
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4. Choose fairy lights the kids will love
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Love decorating your tree with candy sticks? Match up your fairy lights. Gone all out on tree decs? Choose fun fairy lights, too.
Our favourites are the Candy Cane fairy lights by Lights4Fun (above) and the very sweet Festive Mini Tree Shaped String Lights from Ginger Ray (below). A perfect Christmas addition to a contemporary home design scheme.
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5. Add vintage charm with a crystal string
For a touch of vintage elegance, opt for a heavier, more substantial fairy light garland; you can then arrange it along your mantlepiece or bookcase for a relaxed, boho feel.
These Jewel String Lights are from House of Bath.
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6. Go for gold for the ultimate festive effect
You can't beat gold for creating an atmosphere of festive well-being, and it is no wonder that there are endless gold fairy light options on the market.
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7. Go for a botanical Christmas theme
Botanical-themed fairy lights work particularly well as part of the festive table arrangement. Intertwine them with real house plants, or choose ones that imitate Christmas favourites such as holly. The Rose Gold Leaf Fairy Lights (above) and Holly Micro Fairy Lights (below) are both from Lights4fun.
8. Create a fairytale ambience with cool colours
Tired of plain fairy lights? This could be the year to go for colour; our advice is to pick a string with no more than two or three complementary colours, or go for really tiny ones if you like a rainbow effect.
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9. Transform your home into Narnia with ice lights
Not all Christmas schemes have to be gold, green, and red – if you prefer recreating a white Christmas in your home, then go for fairy lights that are cool rather than warm.
The Iridescent Ice Cube Micro Fairy Lights from Lights4fun are cheerful despite looking, well, like ice, and are guaranteed to make up for the likely lack of real snow and ice on Christmas Day.
10. Brighten up the exterior with outdoor lights
One of the best things about Christmas is added light from people's house decorations – and, boy, do we need all the extra light we can grab during at time of year. Go as understated – or OTT – as you like, it's all part of the Christmas spirit!
For an understated wintry glow, try mixing and matching warm and cool string lights.
We like the Pro Series Sparkling Icicle Lights from Lights4fun.
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