Decorative fairy lights ideas that work in any room in your home

If you love the subtle ambience of fairy lights, but you aren’t quite sure how to use them in your home aside from the traditional holidays, come check out our finds for some of the cutest methods of utilizing decorative indoor string lights.

There are so many ways to string these sparkly delights that we decided to break them into zones for you. This way you can imagine how they could be best used in your space, room by room. Let’s start with the entrance to your home, or the foyer/entryway.

Click on the links for examples as you browse through our finds.

Light up the entrance

The entryway or foyer is a great area for fairy lights any time of year. They keep things warmly inviting and light your way without being too bright for guests’ eyes to adjust as they enter, as DigsDigs suggests.

Try them out in some of the following ways:

  • Hang them from above to gently light up the entrance for guests (this can be used in any hallway, too): Example.
  • String them around banisters or handrails to lead guests upstairs, down halls, or elsewhere with ease: Example.
  • Place them carefully under glass globes or other clear glass decor and then place them on entryway tables and shelving: Example.
  • Place them in a hanging terrarium with air plants for a low-maintenance yet stunning conversation starter: Example.

Some fairy lights ideas can be used in almost any space

Fill a vessel with the glow of indoor fairy lights, and let it spread throughout the space. This can be done in many ways:

  • Fill glass jars with them. These can be strung along and hung intermittently to light up the hallway if small/light enough, or placed on side or end tables, dressers, etc. Fairy lights can also look nice in tall slender glasses or in Mason jar sconces. Lovely Etc. explains how to make a DIY Fairy Lantern in less than 5 minutes!
  • Fill a basket or another pretty container (or groups of containers) with fairy lights and place them neatly along a line: Example.
  • Don’t be afraid to set up scenes and get creative. Some people choose to write words in the lights while others create scenes: Example 1 and Example 2.

Spruce up the living room

  • Zig zag them across the ceiling for a relaxed look in your living room: Example.
  • Wind your lights around any greenery, books, etc., that you have on shelving to highlight your decor: Example.
  • Yard Envy reveals that DIY curtain lights are easier than you think! You can also find and buy some woven into curtains –if you don’t want the hassle– for a sparkling window area: Example.

Add some twinkle to your kitchen

  • Light up the area around your spice jars and baking supplies, cutting boards, recipe books, or anywhere worth showcasing with sparkles: Example A or Example B.
  • Fill old wine bottles or empty vinegar or olive oil bottles with fairy lights and brighten up the corners of your kitchen: Example.
  • Drape a single strand across your kitchen window for a spritz of atmosphere while you put away dishes: Example.

Make your bathroom magical

  • As long as it’s far enough from water sources, use your imagination and highlight anything you like with your fairy lights in the bathroom: Example.
  • If it works in your bathroom, you can “nautical-ize” any old bottle by adding fairy lights and a seahorse medallion — or mermaid, sea turtle, etc. will also do: Example.
  • Sparkle up your vanity mirror with some fairies around the edges for a gentle glimmer: Example.

Upgrade your bedroom with all sorts of fairy lights decorations

The bedroom could use a bit of that magical touch that fairy lights bring. The Spruce listed their favorite lights, but here’s what to do with them:

  • Hang them across the canopy of your bed instead of or with your favorite fabric: Example.
  • String them on faux or real branches (with leaves, etc., removed) decoratively on each side of the bed, or wherever you like: Example.
  • Hang them with or without beads from the doorway in place of a door: Example.
  • Highlight a mirror or dressing table: Example.
  • Hang them in layers on the wall to display assorted photographs, postcards, or whatever you wish: Example A or Example B.

How to hang fairy lights without nails

When you’re ready to hang your lights, untangle them, stretch them out to see how many you have, how far they reach, and whether any are broken or not working. If the spacing between lights is too wide for your tastes, there are ways to shorten them up, such as winding them around any extra hooks you hang between the ones you use, or hiding the extra by winding behind fixtures along the way.

Be sure to measure it all once you’ve stretched everything out, then measure out where you need to hang your hooks on the wall in order for everything to be spaced as you wish. Make sure it’s all even, and — voila! Now it’s time to hang your lights. But what will you use?

Since most of us prefer not to leave nail holes in the wall when it’s unnecessary, and fairy lights are normally quite lightweight, there are several ways to illuminate your home with these glimmering lights without using nails. Let’s take a peek at a few:

  • Command strips adjustables: These are ideal for stringing lights indoors. Get these for when you may need to readjust them a couple of times.
  • Other damage-free adhesive hooks: You can also use these hooks if you have different types of cords with your lights.
  • Suction cup hooks: These also work for hanging lights on walls without leaving damage.
  • Blue tack: This is like a thick, tacky substance similar to silly putty that holds things in place without causing damage. This should work for smaller fairy lights. It has numerous other uses and is reusable to boot!

Now that you’ve got some ideas, you can begin to decide where to hang your lights, what kind you’ll most likely purchase, as well as which types of adhesives you’ll use. We’ve seen some great deals going on at Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Wayfair, and other places, and the best time to shop for them is, of course, off season if you see them. (We found some at Dollar General for a steal of a price and they lasted several holidays, so you may want to check there, too, if you hope to save a buck.)

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