Decorative String Lights for Bedrooms
Your favorite color is pink but your roommate hates it. There are ways to compromise on a color scheme without getting stuck with a palette you don't like. Talk with your roommate before moving in and decide if you want to coordinate. That doesn't mean you have to match exactly, but you can decide on a color palette to avoid clashing. In this dorm room, a violet and peacock-blue palette is open-ended enough so each girl can express her personality while still keeping the room pretty and balanced. Photo courtesy of PBdorm
Decorating with string lights doesn't have to be limited to the holidays or your outdoor entertaining areas. In the bedroom, these lights can be a budget-conscious way to create a magical, romantic or playful effect while providing the ambient light you want.
Choose small, clear lights, also called fairy lights, to add a touch of romance to your bedroom. These lights look pretty when paired with sheer fabric. Create the look of a headboard by hanging the lights with sheer drapes on the wall behind the bed, or hang them across the frame of a four-poster bed for a dreamy canopy.
After: A Room Fit for a Princess...or Two
A fairy-tree bed for Emma on one side of the room, and a royal throne bed for Princess Hannah on the other. The portion of the wall mural adjacent to Hannah's bed is designed to give the illusion that Hannah's looking out from her own castle toward a neighboring one in the distance. The throne bed was inspired by the Tiana suite at Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Royal Resort.
Special touches make for an enchanted fairy tree for Emma. The loft bed is supported by four eucalyptus posts, and the twin mattress is surrounded by a bed rail made from branches. The leaves and branches were selected to tie into the wall mural, creating the impression that the bed is part of a living tree.
Fairy lights may seem like the go-to style for the bedroom, but don't stop there. If you can dream of a design, there's a good chance there's a string light that has it, from lanterns to lighthouses to flowers to dragonflies. If you like do-it-yourself projects, you can even make your own lights, using silk flowers or other novelties to fit the theme you want.
Create a whimsical theme in a child's bedroom with animal, sports or arts-themed lights. Flowers are a good choice, as are airplanes, boats and ballet slippers. Let your child choose based on her interests.
Consider draping or winding lights along a curtain rod installed over blinds, or across a headboard or mirror. You could also hang a row of string lights along a wall or window for a special touch, or to visually separate a room.
You can create your own unique fixture by inserting a string of lights into a vintage hanging lantern, empty Mason jar, wine bottle or glass brick. For a mystical touch, particularly in a child's room, twist strings of fairy lights into the shape of tree branches.
While incandescent bulbs provide a warm glow, you may want to consider light-emitting diode (LED) lights, which are more energy efficient, run cooler and last longer. Keep these safety tips in mind:
- Use newer lights that have thicker wiring and safety fuses to prevent wires from overheating.
- If using lights you already have, check wires for fraying.
- Don't overload electrical outlets or link more strands than recommended by the manufacturer. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
- Don't drive nails, staples or tacks through wiring insulation.
- Occasionally check the wires to be sure they are not warm to the touch.
- Unplug cords when you string lights.
- Do not leave lights on unattended. Unplug or switch off your lights before going to sleep.
- Route cords inside your home so they won't trip anyone. Don't place them under rugs, furniture or other appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed and can cause a fire.
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