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Creative holiday decorating

August 25, 2019

Have Fun With Your Holiday Lighting Installation

 

Creative Holiday Decorating–Easier Than You Think  

It’s almost holiday lighting installation time! This year, why not try your hand at some creative holiday decorating? It’s not difficult once you think about how many different types of lights there are, and how many different “twists” on using them there might be.  

Icchristmas sculptureicle Lights: Not Just For Roofs Anymore

Icicle lights that look like the real thing have become a very popular part of holiday lighting installation for many consumers. Not only do they look pretty; they’re a breeze to install.

But don’t just hang these underneath your home’s roof line and call it “creative holiday decorating”! Outdoors, try stringing together multiple strings of icicle lights and spreading them across an expanse of your front porch railing or shrubbery, or wrapping them around front porch columns and/or banisters. Mixing various colors of icicle lights is another option, both outdoors and indoors. Speaking of innovative holiday lighting installation indoors, consider accenting the inside of a large living room window or the top of a door with a sweep of icicle lights, devising window “curtains” made of light strings or weaving icicle lights and garland together to decorate a banister.  

On A Rope

If you’re like a majority of consumers, the only part rope lights play in your holiday lighting installation plan is as an accent for Christmas trees, outdoor railings, and fences. But, there’s more to it than that! The light PVC material from which rope lights are manufactured makes them very flexible, so try to put together an interesting assortment of ready-made Christmas rope light sculptures. You might also take advantage of the availability of rope lights in a range of colors–green, red and white as well as less traditional shades like blue and pink–to give a distinctive look to your Yuletide décor. And while rope lights can be configured to give off “steady” light, it’s fun–and a good creative holiday decorating practice–to experiment with the various “flashing” effects you can set using a controller.  

Beyond the Yard and Living Room

Who says holiday lighting installation has to be limited to landscapes and living rooms? Other rooms benefit just as much from creative holiday decorating based on illumination. Use Christmas lights to line the ceilings in your rooms. Buy and decorate mini-Christmas trees to put in the bedrooms–making them part of a larger holiday vignettes if desired. For added interest, try different bulb shapes. So forget the “same-old, same-old” holiday decorations. With the versatility of today/s lighting options, the sky’s the limit.

The Lay of the Landscape

Landscape lighting is a Key Component of Creative Holiday Decorating

The Lay of the LandscapeInvesting in landscape lighting is a great way to jazz up your property no matter what the season, but it incorporating it into your outdoor Christmas décor is a particularly desirable strategy at holiday time. After all, no matter where you live, winter brings fewer daylight hours, and the area surrounding your home simply isn’t as visually interesting as it is at other times of the year.

Going Beyond the Basics–Outdoor Holiday Lights

When many people think of landscape lighting for Christmas, the image of outdoor holiday lights simply strung across a bush immediately comes to mind. However, there’s far, far more to it than that. An essential element of creative holiday decorating–which is all the rage these days– landscape lighting can feature traditional or LED Christmas lights used to outline shrubs, paths, beds, creeks, roofs, and driveways alike. Either type of lighting technology can also be put into place to wrap columns, tree trunks and canopies. If you’re particularly ambitious, garland, wreath, trees, topiaries, bows, ornamentals and the like can serve to augment some or all of these.

Debunking Other Myths

The Lay of the Landscape 1Another myth about Christmas landscape lighting is that it should be restricted to outdoor holiday lights. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As it relates to creative holiday decorating, landscape lighting also encompasses other types of illumination to set the scene for a wintry wonderland. For example, if you have spruce trees or distinctive shrubbery set against a stone or brick wall or a even a white fence, place a spotlight there to highlight the “scene” at night.  If you want to get a bit more “Christmasy” and the backdrop is of a light color (white, for example), use a red bulb.

Extending The Glow–Creative Holiday Decorating

The Lay of the Landscape 2Sure, well-designed, well-executed landscape lighting will brighten your holiday and beyond. But you can also leverage your investment at other times of the year. Leave a few lights (not the multi-colored ones) around a group of plants or in a tree. One creative homeowner puts away the strings of red and green lights in the attic once the Christmas season is over, but takes strings of lights and creates fanciful shapes–from flowers to summer dresses, on a few of her bushes throughout the year. So don’t be afraid to experiment–your landscape, and perhaps even your neighbors and passers-by, will thank you.

Take A Shine To LED Icicle Lights

LED Icicle Lights Make Creative Holiday Decorating Economical and Easy

take a shine to LED Icicle lightsIf you’re like many consumers, you want Christmas lights that will truly beautify your home at holiday time, without breaking the bank. LED icicle lights, which look like real icicles and come in a variety of shapes (traditional, snowflake, and star, to name a few) and colors (like white, blue, pink, and even purple) fit the bill perfectly.

Unlike traditional incandescent mini-bulbs, LED icicle lights have no filament. As a result, they not only require a reported 88% less energy to operate; they generate less heat than other kinds of bulbs. LED icicle lights are also constructed from heavy plastic, so they’re more durable than traditional mini-lights. This makes them easy on your pocketbook–a great benefit at a time of year when most people are also spending big bucks on gifts for family and friends.

take a shine to LED Icicle lights 1Jazzing Up Outdoor Christmas Décor

If you think LCD icicle lights can only be hung beneath the roof  line of your home, think again. It’s just as simple to create a striking outdoor lighting display by stringing together numerous icicle light strands and draping them across an expanse of your front porch railing or shrubbery. You can also wind the strings around front porch columns and/or banisters. For an even more distinctive look, intersperse different colors or shapes of lights. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

take a shine to LED Icicle lights 2Bringing Creativity Indoors

LCD icicle lights also aren’t just outdoor Christmas décor. Considering the number of varieties and colors available today, along with the ease of melding together numerous light strings, incorporating these products into your mix of indoor Christmas lights makes perfect sense. Again, be creative, not only by mixing-and-matching multiple shapes and colors, but by doing more than hanging LCD icicle lights from your living room mantle. How about hanging a string of lights across the inside of a large living room window or above a door? Fashion a “curtain” of lights on either side of a smaller window. Run several strands down the length of a table to accent a table runner. Pair icicle lights with other types of Christmas décor, such as garlands, when decorating an indoor banister. Again, the possibilities are endless. So don’t get caught in a Christmas lighting rut this holiday season. Give LCD icicle lights a whirl indoors and out.