"At Christmas time we let in light and we banish shade", the wise words of Paul Young singing the opening line of Do They Know it's Christmas? If you're not that old and don't remember the 80's you will be happy to learn Christmas decorations have got a whole lot more tasteful since then. Gone are the days of garish brightly coloured tinsel plastered everywhere! Christmas decorations are much more stylish, whether you go for a pared down Scandinavian style or bright Maximalism, lighting is always an easy and effective way to add instant magic at Christmas.
Now more than ever we are all trying to cut back on switching on the lights as the nights draw in, conscious of both the cost to our wallets and the environment. Battery operated table lights that sit on a shelf or coffee table are a delicate way to add a Christmassy glow.
Christmas lighting can be introduced in any room in the house. Hallways, and in particular, banisters look stunning with lights sparkling down the stairs in clusters. The use of warmer coloured metals such as coppers and golds keep it cosy too.
Lanterns and candles laid on the dinning table always produce the most romantic of lighting, perfect for Christmas dining and entertaining or even just a cosy night in. Nothing beats a real flame.
Want to create a big statement indoors or out? Try large sphere lights hung in clusters in different sizes in hallways or over the dining table, or oversized wreaths on the door to impress the neighbours. LED wreaths come with hundreds of tiny energy efficient bulbs that take very little energy and flicker beautifully.
There is nothing nicer than leaving off the big lights and just switching on the Christmas tree lights on a dark December night. There are so many interesting choices for fairy lights on the tree or to add some light to a dark window. Starburst lights which twinkle or jewelled fairy lights can add a splash of colour, whilst traditional candle lights create that Victorian Christmas look. It really is one of the most satisfying sights, switching on the Christmas lights!