Simple or extravagant, Christmas lights express welcome Christmas cheer. But hanging Christmas lights tends to bring out, well, let’s just say, not Christmas cheer. If you are an annual do-it-yourselfer, you know how difficult hanging lights can be. You know how much time and patience decorating with lights require. And depending on the height of the peak of that roof, the weather, and even your age, it might be wise to hire a professional.
9 Great Tips for Decorating with Christmas Lights
As with any job around the home, the right tools, products, and proper installation yield the best ever results. Here are some great tips from lighting professionals found on houzz.com that will take some of the difficulty out of this festive endeavor.
Add Lights to Shrubs
If you have a yard with a shrub or two, wrap white lights around them. Just a few lights added to your yard shares a lot of Christmas spirit.
Tip: Net lights work well on shrubs. Bulbs are evenly distributed over a lattice of cords. They come in a square or rectangular shape and in a variety of sizes. You can purchase energy-efficient LED or incandescent net lights. LED net lights give off a true-white or bluish-white color. Incandescent bulbs give off a warm or yellowish color. Make sure you purchase net lights large enough to completely wrap around your shrubs.
Deck the Halls on Your Front Porch Only
Festive garlands, strings of lights, and a Christmas figurine look festive without being overwhelming.
Tip: Concentrate your Christmas decorations in one area only, such as your entryway or a garden bed if you have one. Concentrating on one single spot easily gives off the Wow Factor without presenting an overwhelming theme park feeling.
Illuminate Your Tree(s)
Again, if you have a deciduous tree, wrap the trunk and individual branches with white lights. Add lights to a single tree or a cluster of trees for a best-ever display of Christmas lights.
Tip: Swap regular holiday lights for LED mini lights for energy efficiency and cost savings. LED lights allow you to use many more lights per circuit than incandescent lights do.
Light Your Walkway with Luminarias
Luminarias give off a warm and enchanting glow. And they’re simple to do for the impact they provide. Welcome guests this year with an enchanting walkway lined with glowing luminarias.
Tip: You can purchase luminarias or make your own. Add a handful of sand to the bottom of paper bags. Place a tea light or battery-powered candle inside each one. Light the tea lights or turn on the candles just before your guests arrive.
Glittering snowflakes are a fun twist to traditional string lights. Hang them below the eaves or along the branches of your tree in the front yard.
Wrap Potted Branches with Christmas Lights
No trees or shrubs in the yard of your Brooklyn home? No problem! “Plant” some branches or twigs in your containers and add Christmas lights to them instead.
Tip: Where can you get branches to “plant” in your containers? Ask a friend with trees in their backyard or a florist. Then fill your containers with sand or gravel. Set the branches upright and wrap them with lights.
Create Some Magic with Twinkling Stars
Twinkling white lights, not flashing Christmas lights, add the sparkle and magic of a starlit sky. Wrap branches that overhang a walkway or hang twinkling lights on a pergola to create a starlit canopy.
Hang a lighted Christmas wreath or swag under your porch light. A wreath with (or without lights) adds a touch of holiday class wherever you hang it.
Outline the Eaves of Your Home
Perimeter lighting along the eaves and roofline of your Brooklyn home is always classic holiday style.
One Final Tip …
And if purchasing Christmas lights year after year is old, consider purchasing commercial-grade LED lights from specialty retailers this year. Because even the most expensive sets of LED lights offered at box stores are low-quality. You’ll pay more up front for quality lights, but you’ll save time, frustration, and money in the long run.
Tip: Last but not least, attach your Christmas lights to your trim with commercial-grade clips. Because doesn’t everyone want those perfectly straight lines, where every bulb is evenly spaced?
A very Merry Christmas to you, one and all!
Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate. Call (718) 253-9600 ext.206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy or sell your next home in Brooklyn today.
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