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Fairy lights

A string (or two) of fairy lights is all you need to set the scene for your festivities. We have LED fairy lights for all occasions – from weddings and parties to seasonal celebrations – that will sparkle on the day and in everyone’s photos.

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What better way to turn an otherwise dull and dim space into a whimsical and cozy environment than with your favorite fairy lights?

Whether you are hosting a dinner, a party or decorating for seasonal celebrations, elevate the ambiance of any area in your house by hanging decorative lights in creative ways.

IKEA offers a wide range of decorative lighting options for every room in your home – from your bedroom to your garden. Create the atmosphere you desire in your hallway, kitchen, living room, bedroom, or outdoor area with a string of sparkling lights. You can hang them on a wall, drape them along the ceiling, wrap them around a balcony rail, weave them through a tree or even string them around a table.

Types of fairy string lights

Decorative hanging lights are typically categorized into two main types: outdoor and indoor lights. Outdoor lights are versatile and, in most cases, can also be used indoors. Indoor lights, on the other hand, are typically used in dry areas as they are not designed to endure drastic changes in temperature.

When considering the type of fairy lights to purchase, keep in mind whether your lights will be hung up in an indoor or outdoor space. If the lights have not been specifically designed for outdoor use, they may not work properly.

Pairing fairy lights with your home decor

Fairy lights come in all colors. However, warm white and cool white are by far the most popular.

Warm white lights have a golden or yellowish tint that go well with red and warm color schemes. It is the most welcoming and peaceful type of light as it creates a romantic and comforting ambiance like that of candlelight. On the other hand, ice white lights, also known as cool white lights, emit a bluish tone that complements blues and purples. With a sleek and minimalist decor, a pure white light is an excellent choice.

Although both warm and cool white lights are commonly used indoors, warm lights are often preferred in intimate areas like bedrooms, while cool white lights are more suitable for common areas such as the kitchen, which require a brighter and more vibrant light.

If you're feeling festive, you can create different color combinations using colored festoon lights. During the holiday season, for example, colors such as red, green, and gold are often used in decorations to add a touch of holiday cheer and whimsy.