Written by Becca Green

How to give your home a festive glow up with Christmas lights

Decorate the outside of your home for the festive season in a fun and stylish way.

christmas star lights

Image: Lights4fun

Light up 2020 by decorating the outside of your home for Christmas. We spoke to B&Q who offered some of their top tips for styling a safe, fun and stylish home exterior with some amazing festive lights and decorations.

Safety first

Be sure to check the product carefully before buying to ensure you know exactly where it can be used to decorate your home. Some festive lights may be limited to indoors only if they are made of delicate materials that could be damaged by the weather. The lights may look magical and tempting to touch, but remember to always keep them out of reach from small children and pets.

dobbies outdoor lanterns

Image: Dobbies Garden Centres

Festive entrance

Decorate your door perfectly for Christmas this year. We may be limited to the number of visitors we can have, but show off your doorstep with a festive wreath, outdoor potted plants, and novelty festive door mats – even if it’s just to greet a courier delivering last minute Christmas gifts! We love the idea of placing a few lanterns with candles outside for a soft and romantic look.

Read more: Discover Dunelm’s 2020 Christmas collection

Light show

Fairy lights are incredibly versatile and can be used to brighten up any exterior space. You can wrap them around a drain pipe, frame your windows and get creative with your placement. Make your festive display even more magical by draping net lights on trees or fences to transform the darker evenings.

b&q christmas fairlights

Image: B&Q 

Suit your style

Choose your festive lights to suit your own personal style and aesthetic. From icicle string lights to echo the frosty chill of the festive season, to themed figurines like a reindeer to greet you at the front door, it’s never been easier to showcase your creativity with different types of lights to style a Christmas wonderland. If you don’t have a front garden or much exterior space, create a sparkling windowsill decoration by curling fairy lights in a glass vase or bowl to light up your windows.

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