3 ways to style string lights

At this time of year, when the days are as short as they are dark, there's nothing quite like creating a cosy home, filled with candles and fairy lights. There's something magical about drawing the curtains and filling your home with twinkling lights that soften edges and cast a gentle glow. And if there's a room I prioritise with the cosy-making endeavour, it's our bedroom. Since we moved upstairs into the loft bedroom I've relished the challenge of turning it into a relaxing sanctuary being ruthless with clutter - instead aiming for a minimal and restful space. Sleep just doesn't come easy to me when there's stuff everywhere! If I'm being honest, at the moment it might be a little too sparse. It could certainly benefit from some artwork on the walls or a green plant friend or two. Perhaps our fiddle leaf fig that's currently in our living room might like a change of scenery?! All that said, as it's so peaceful upstairs the bed is now my absolute favourite place to work from, and I enjoy having candles lit from morning to night, especially on grey days. 

As I continue on my cosy-making mission, I recently had fun trying out different set ups for my new cloud pom pom lights cloud pom pom string lights from Cox & Cox. So, if you're in need of any lighting inspiration, here are three ways you can style your own fairy or string lights...
3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog

ONE | HANG A GARLAND

Using washi tape, simply string up the lights in a pretty row. Depending on how far the distance you intend to cover you might need more than one set of fairy or string lights. This garland styling is a lovely way to see all the colours of the pom pom lights, and it casts a gentle light across the whole bed. 

3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog

TWO | BUNDLE INTO A VASE 

Instead of having a bedside light, try bundling the string of lights into a vase. Once lit it will cast a pretty glow that will be both practical and pretty.

3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog

THREE | HANG LENGTHWAYS

Similar to the garland effect, hanging the lights lengthways looks lovely and disperses the glow more than in the vase set up above. You could hang them in a string down the side of some shelves, or hang them over a wall hook beside your bed, as I've done here. 

3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog
As part of this project I also enjoyed styling up a couple of extra beautiful pieces from Cox & Cox (seriously, I think I want one of everything they sell!)

Velvet and linen cushion in mauve | Blush pink candle

What do you think of the cloud pom pom lights? How would you style them up in your home? Let me know in the comments below, or find me on instagram

3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog
3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog
3 Ways To Style String Lights in a Bedroom | Gathered Cheer blog

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All photos styled and shot by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer.

This post was written in collaboration with Cox & Cox, and for it I was given the lovely lights, cushion and candle. All opinions are of course my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Gathered Cheer going. 

Photo credits // All shot and styled by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer