With the holidays, comes searching through the attics and basements for specially marked boxes, scouring retail stores for replacement bulbs, and hours upon hours of stringing and testing your outdoor lights. This time of the year, outdoor lighting displays are what bonds neighbors in a friendly competition of “Who’s the brightest.” (And we aren’t talking “Who’s Smarter than a 5th Grader!”) So, how do you take design to a new level when it comes to making your exterior lighting displays welcoming and inviting for holiday guests? Here are 3 steps to getting you light savvy:
(1) A view of a lit tree through a window is a welcoming sign
There is just something about a view of a lit tree through a window. Perhaps it’s knowing that the inside is decorated and warm, or maybe it’s just the tree itself – the symbol of hope, the beautiful lights and the prospect of presents. Whatever it is, a view of a lit tree through a window is a welcoming sign and should be incorporated into your exterior holiday lighting display if possible.
(2) Wrapping exterior trees makes a very big statement
String lighting wrapped around the trunks and limbs of your trees in your yard create a feeling of wonder. They magically transform an ordinary yard into a winter wonderland fit for royalty, when done on several trees. When wrapping your trees, don’t forget to do some of the larger branches.
Of course, if you don’t feel like taking the time to fiddle with thousands of tiny lights on a Sunday afternoon, there are other options for bringing life to your trees. Hanging snowflake ornaments from your trees give a Christmas tree look.
(3) Stick to classic and simple
Some may disagree with us on this, but elegant outdoor lights carries on the tradition of the holiday spirit. It’s always fun to use entertaining decorations on your lawns and they attract a lot of attention!
Additionally you will want to decorate with texture so in the daytime there is another layer that people passing by can appreciate. Do this with garland on stair banisters or porch railings and wreaths hung on windows and your front door. If you have room for potted poinsettias or boxwood, these add a nice touch as well. You can add a bit of greenery to your outdoor lighting fixtures, but don’t forget to only use non-combustible items as to prevent a fire! Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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