For Christmas parties, the spirit of the season means that it's fine to go slightly overboard. You may employ impeccable taste for the rest of the year, but most people will forgive a little tackiness in the celebrations! Opt for traditional fairy lights, strung over mantelpieces, around the Christmas tree and strung around staircases and even kitchen cabinets, depending on how far you want to go. A glass bowl of floating candles looks lovely on an evening dining table and traditional candlesticks add elegant formality. If there are young children around, dispense with candle tealights for safety and try the battery-operated or electrical 'flickering effect' lights instead, which look great but are much safer.
Remember your functional outdoor lighting too – solar lamps alongside the drive are very useful to guide cars safely up towards the parking spot and security lighting may be very valuable over the Christmas season, where opportunist robberies reach their peak. Opt for motion sensor lights and install a good porch lamp too, both to deter any wrongdoers, but also to welcome visitors and to help you when you're struggling for your keys in the dark!
Thinking About Guests
For guests staying in the spare bedroom, make sure that the lighting is adequate for their
Consider installing an illuminated clock or bedside alarm clock with a glowing time function, for extra convenience. Check too that lights for bathrooms and the kitchen are working correctly, so that guests don't end up being confused. These sorts of things easily become worked around by the home inhabitants, but they can greatly confuse guests.
With a little inspiration and creativity, your home lighting will easily pass the Christmas safety, functionality – and festive fun test!