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The Use Of Fairy Lights In Interior Design

Jul 3, 2008
While you may just think to use fairy lights at Christmas to decorate the tree they are increasingly being used in interior design, especially in bedrooms. The importance of lighting has long been known in the interior design world and fairy lights are rapidly being used as the decorative light form of choice for designers. Light can bring ambiance and set a mood with the flick of a switch, understandably, more decorative forms of lighting are becoming popular.

For a young girl's room it is easy to see the appeal of fairy lights, as finishing touches they are unsurpassed at creating a space that is not only relaxing but aesthetically pleasing as well. Many young girls love to have a storybook wonderland to escape to, along with decorative furniture and tasteful wall adornments fairy lights can really make the look. In addition to the decoration however is the vital importance of a comfortable bed. Making sure that it has opulent sheets, naturally in pink shades and plenty of pillows ensure that bed time for your little girl is never a problem.

It is not just young girl's rooms that can benefit from the installation of fairy lights. Increasingly even in adult rooms they are becoming a popular lighting option. It is easy to underestimate the mood created by lighting, but a set of fairy lights behind a thin sheet can create a decorative feature that is a talking point as well as a source of light. By utilising this method you can create unbelievable levels of ambience that is hard to achieve in a room with normal lighting, the subtle shades and shadows created by fairy lights are a strong design feature.

Lighting generally falls into three varieties in terms of interior design; these are natural light, accent lighting and task lighting. The skill of great lighting design is to make the best use of all three to create a room that can be lit for any purpose. Making the most of natural light is one of the most important weapons in the interior designer's arsenal. Particularly useful in this task is to maximise the light by hanging mirrors and to remove excessively heavy curtains from window frames. In addition, most designers will advise homeowners to trim any bushes or trees outside a window to let in as much light as possible.

Accent lighting is where fairy lights come in, it is primarily used in design to highlight certain features in a room and to define the general lighting already present. Important is to realise which parts of the room you want highlighting and to experiment with various lighting patterns before you have found the perfect solution. Fairy lights however can be used as lighting features in their own right. By using smaller variants and wrapping them around plants, vases or even the underside of a mantelpiece you can create a feature that at night, literally shines.

Fairy lights are not particularly suited to task lighting due to their generally subtle brightness. Instead it is more advisable to use table lamps, spot lights in a kitchen or desk lamps. Having light to perform tasks is extremely important so you do not have to put your eyes under excessive strain. These lights while adding to ambience should not be a feature and purely used to light an area when performing a task.

By understanding the importance of light in creating mood and ambience you can make any room in your house stylish and comfortable. As an inexpensive form of lighting fairy lights can help create this, remember to buy specialist lights however, the Christmas lanterns you hang on the tree every year are hardly suited to the purpose.
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Interior design expert Thomas Pretty looks into the use of fairy lights as a design feature in many rooms of the home.
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