x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Home improvements: How to add some sparkle

Ideas on how to use fairy lights to create some dazzling displays

We love fairy lights because they are an easy way to add a little sparkle to a space - and cost next to nothing. Also, with Christmas around the corner, they are extremely easy to come by right now. Ikea's Stralla lighting chain costs Dh15 and Ace Hardware sells packets of 100 fairy lights for Dh59. Make sure to pick up the LED variety.

You could go with the tried and tested method of draping your fairy lights over a headboard, around a piece of art or along a shelving unit, but we suggest that you get creative. Why not arrange your lights so that they spell out one of your favourite words and then attach them to the wall above your bed?

Otherwise, buy a few dried decorative branches and attach a string of fairy lights along the length of each branch, securing them with a piece of invisible wire. Then place the branches in a large glass vase to create a striking feature for your entranceway.

You can also create an interesting centrepiece for your table. In this instance, it is best to go with the battery operated fairy lights. Drop your string of lights into a large glass bowl and mix in some flowers - it doesn't matter if they are real or fake; the results will be dazzling either way.