Christmas fairy lights: 12 design ideas to add sparkle to every room

Christmas = as many fairy lights as you can possibly string up

Lights4fun star lights
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Beautiful Christmas fairy lights are essential to a cosy festive 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 light design ideas to suit all tastes and decors, from minimalist to opulent. 

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1. Hang fairy lights around kitchen cabinets 

Blue shaker style kitchen with glass front cabinets and marble work tops

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The kitchen often gets a bit neglected when it comes to Christmas decorations. A really simple way to bring some of the festive vibes into your kitchen is fairy lights. String them up around your cabinets or open shelving, you could even get some garlands or just a bit of greenery to hang up too. Simple but super effective. 

2. String fairy lights along your kitchen table 

John Lewis Christmas tableware

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Add something extra to your Christmas table (or just your everyday kitchen table) by stringing some fairy lights down the centre. Depending on what look you are going for add some candles, foliage, and decorations to twist your lights through

Love the look of this Christmas table? John Lewis have a whole Neon Christmas decorating trend that you need to see. 

3. Or display fairy lights as a table centrepiece

Lights4fun glass dome filled with fairy lights

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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. Light4fun even make a jar of fairy lights all ready for you to just pop on the table or on a windowsill.

4. Don't forget to add some fairy lights to the bedroom 

Annie Sloane in bedroom with fairy lights

(Image credit: Annie Sloane)

Just get some command hooks and string them above your bed. Easy peasy. And who says you can't keep them up all year?! You can always give them a most festive twist by combining them with some paper chain decorations. 

5. Choose star-shaped lights for reflective magic

Lights4fun light up stars

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Okay okay, while these aren't technically fairy lights, these stars from Lights4fun will still add a gorgeous twinkle to your room. Hang a single one in a window or group them together on side board, we have even seen these used on a tree and it looks fab!

6. Put fairy lights on all your surfaces

John Lewis display of fairy lights

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If you don’t have a ton of room for decorating with fairy lights, just make the most of surfaces – a window sill, the top of a console table, a set of shelves. Use these areas to create a festive display. Even something as simple as some twigs in a vase with some fairy light strung around can be an effective, super easy Christmas decorating idea

7. Choose fairy lights the kids will love

Candy Cane Fairy Lights Jolly Holidays Collection 2018 Lights4fun

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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. A perfect Christmas addition to a contemporary home design scheme. 

8. Go for a botanical Christmas theme

Rose Gold Leaf Fairy Lights by Lights4fun

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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 are from Lights4fun. 

9. Get a retro look with coloured fairy lights 

Lights4fun retro coloured lights

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These retro-style coloured lights are giving us all the Joyce Byers vibes and we are so okay with that. After years of being out of favour in comparison to their warm white counterparts, coloured lights are back!  These super nostalgic Multi Coloured LED Retro Christmas Fairy Lights are by Lights4fun (don't worry colourphobes, they come in white too). 

10. Brighten up the exterior with outdoor lights

Dobbies Garden Centres Christmas Lighting 2018

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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! Personally we are fans of the warm white lights outside, they just add such a welcoming glow. 

12. Add cascading LED lights for a dramatic effect

400 Warm White LED Cascading Christmas Lights by Hurn & Hurn

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With tiny LEDs our rule is: the more the better. And rather than getting tangled up in lots of different strings of lights, get a garland that is designed to be used as a cascade. For a similar look, go for warm white lights on a clear cable. 

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