Holiday lights are a warm welcome to the Christmas season. Make holiday magic with an array of festive inspirations for lighting the exterior of your home, spreading cheer with the twinkling gleam of the season.
If it’s your turn to host family Christmas, it’s crucial that you welcome house guests with a taste of what to expect of you as host. Elevating outdoor aesthetics is a simple and effective way to enchant and embody the spirit of the holiday. Aside from sprucing outdoor pillow covers and chair covers, accent string lights brighten the space with whimsical charm.
Stunning microlights and light trails can echo the visual hints of falling snow. Netted designs can be used to drape over potted greens or hedges to bring home seasonal joy, whereas delicate wire lights can be integrated into wreaths or garlands to enhance striking decorative pieces.
Small to Large
A cozy little Christmas isn’t complete without a little illumination for smaller spaces in and around your home. While giving your porch and yard a festive glow, don’t forget to brighten up nooks and crannies in order to uplift your holiday decor.
- Maximize the festivities by lighting your staircase with votive candles.
- Kindle warmth around the fireplace by changing out traditional logs with holiday-scented candles that percolate seasonal aromas.
- With just a few handy pins and a set of string microlights, you can create the shape of a Christmas tree against a plain backdrop.
- Tiny wreaths with battery-operated lanterns look exquisite as small window decorations.
- Add a soft glow to your indoor decor by hanging string lights over the window with a sheer curtain on top.
With your yard turned into a snowy landscape, it’s time to uplift its whimsical appeal by adding fairy lights and light-up characters.
- A winter wonderland can be created using icicle lights that cascade down a front wall, extending to trees, and branches, all to mimic a winter night’s snow shower.
- Investing in a light projector with slide projections featuring snowflake designs and messages such as “Let it Snow” and “North Pole” can maximize the snowlike fantasy.
- Augment the fun by incorporating well lit cutouts of Santa, reindeer, and elves on an antique sled. For an added bonus, you can mount this sled to your roof and let the moon cast an allusion in the night.
- Wrap branches that overhang garden walkways to create a canopy. Weave cool white exterior-graded lights with gentle flicker among them and hang Moravian stars by randomly spacing them throughout to create a picturesque wonderland.
Don’t let your newly raised snowy wonderland get ruined by inclement weather. Make sure to sheath the outdoor setting with weatherproof custom tarps.
Eaves and Flow
Let your house outshine the rest of the block by running the string lights along the eaves and window casings. Fairy lights not only accentuate the house’s structure and garden edges but also endow a classy, elegant, and exceptional feel to the entire decor. To amp up the festive vibe, consider chasing water lights in white that exhibit a cascading water effect.
While the use of lights in a warm-white scheme throughout the house extends a plush appeal, opting for a mix of fairy lights, icicle lights and rope lights in different hues give your space a strikingly playful charm.
Dim the Lights for the Show
Luminaries and dimmers are sure fire ways to enhance the outdoor mood of your home. Light up your walkways or driveways with luminaries that give off a warm, inviting glow.
- Use glittering metal luminaries, galvanized candles holders, lanterns filled with battery-operated lights, or illuminated bags along the walkways leading to the entrance of your home for an illuminated welcome.
- Confer your interiors with a welcoming radiance by scattering clusters of votive candles and strands of bulbs coiled around banister and door frames.
- Remove weatherproof firepit covers to let the roaring blaze of fireplaces light your home naturally.
Do It Yourself
A DIY touch can go a long way in adding a little something extra to the holiday season. From incandescent accent glass bottles to hanging light globes, there are plenty of ways to do it yourself this winter when it comes to lighting your home.
- A hanging light globe is an attractive and easy option for lighting entrance ways or places across your porch. All you need are a few wire baskets, floral wire, and mini lights to make the magic happen.
- Mason jars filled with copper wire firefly lights make for striking centerpieces for any table spread. Make sure your table covers a wide length for optimum depth.
- Incandescent glass bottles make for excellent pieces for accenting. Filling them with battery-operated fairy lights and placing them along walkways or staircases for whimsy appeal is a great way to curate unique light.
Safety is a top priority during the holiday season and especially true when working with lights and electricity. It’s crucial that Christmas lights be kept from the ground to avoid water damaging them. You might even consider the versatility of custom tarps before you put lights up.
- Avoid broken outlet covers and wet & moist lights for they can pose a hazard to you and your home
- Avoid stringing multiple lights in the same socket. Surge protectors are a great investment during the holiday season.
- Indoor lights are not meant for outdoor use. They are more susceptible to short circuiting due to inclement weather.