String lights are a classic dorm room decoration – and for good reason! They’re festive and romantic, and they give a little light without making a lot of holes in the wall. They can be a great alternative to harsh lighting that may have come with your room (because, let’s be real, no one looks good under a florescent light). Plus, they’re the ultimate feminine/manic pixi dream girl decoration. You’ll feel a bit like you live in an enchanted fairy forest when you put on your string lights. But also, it makes the perfect environment for a make-out session or for chilling out after a long, stressful day.
When decorating with string lights, it can be difficult to make sure that they don’t end up looking cheap or like you were just using some leftover Christmas decorations. “Well, December is over. We can’t just throw these nice lights away- let’s keep ’em up!” SMH. To avoid looking like you forgot to take down your holiday decor, stay away from the large utility lights with thick strings and opt for fairy lights or globes. Try to be deliberate about how you hang your lights (don’t just throw them up against the wall). Keep them to one specific area of your room.
If you’re looking to add some drama to your room with string lights, here are a few ideas:
1. Over your desk
This won’t help with extra light, but it will make your desk look quite inviting.
2. As a way to hang pictures
Two awesome things in one: twinkly lights and photos. What could be more magical? Make your own, or buy them: Urban Outfitters sells light strings with picture clips already on them!
3. In a clear vase or ternanium
4. Around a mirror
5. On your headboard
6. Through a wire headboard
If possible, this one is even cooler.
7. On a wire memo board
Because organizing should be pretty.
8. In front of your window
9. As a makeshift lamp
10. Along the corner of your room
The perfect night light!
11. Along the top of your walls
12. Around a woven tapestry or dreamcatcher
13. Wrapped around a branch
14. Strung across the room
15. On a wooden ladder
I mean, why not?
16. Layered in front of a tapestry
Okay, this is so inviting it’s ridiculous.
17. Behind sheer curtains.
You LITERALLY will live in a dream world.
18. Around a bed frame
19. Around one smaller wall
20. Highlighting a photo wall
Would you ever decorate with string lights? Let me know in the comments below.