Perhaps you've had the same holiday décor for decades and are ready to modernize your look. Maybe you just moved into a new home and decided this was a great time to start fresh. Either way, you probably want to make sure your new holiday décor reflects modern trends. We've got ideas.
White on white
It doesn't get any more elegant than white lights along the architectural lines of your home. This classic look gets a modern touch by keeping it simple while still looking festive, without needing to add more lights or displays to your lawn or other parts of the landscape.
Add some sparkle
If you do want to add to the basic look, try this Everglow 2980-22 100 Clear White Wire Light Set, $9 on Amazon, which was voted best white lights by The Spruce. "The Holiday Wonderland light sets are ideal for indoor and outdoor use," they said. "These mini-incandescent bulbs hold up remarkably well to the elements and don't overheat, making them a safe bet for decorating the Christmas tree, the mantle, or anywhere outdoors. Reviewers love the set for the simplicity, warm light it gives off and low cost."
Let interior design be your guide
These round, clear balls are in touch with interior design trends over the past few years and will make your home's exterior look just as stylish. The Globe String Lights With Clear Bulbs are available for $14 on Amazon.
LED lights have been growing in popularity every year and have recently surpassed incandescent lights. They may still be a bit more expensive than their incandescent counterparts, but they use only about 10 percent of the electricity, are less of a fire risk, and last two to three times longer.
Amazon users love these TaoTronics Dimmable lights, which "give you ultimate control with 10 settings to adjust brightness and lighting modes like a strobe function, flashing, fade and more," said The Spruce. "They come in warm white or our favorite pick, the multi-colored set. Featuring 33 ft. of easily adjustable, bendable, sealed copper wiring, this set allows you to wrap and illuminate any holiday decorating project." The 100-light set comes with a remote control(!) and costs $15 on Amazon.
After many years of small bulbs dominating the market, larger C9 bulbs have made a resurgence. You can choose from white bulbs, twinkling versions, multi-colored, and ceramic, which "have the traditional colors that look like the bulbs have been dipped in latex paint," said NoveltyLights.com. "These ceramic C9 replacement lamps are prefect if you are looking for a classic and colorful display. Come to think of it, if it's been many years since you updated your lights, this "everything old is new again" look might be what you already have!
Garland is not a revolutionary idea, but if your garland dates back to the days when you had to use your own strands of lights to get some sparkle, you'll love how simple and elegant these pre-lit versions are. "Save yourself the hassle of wrangling string lights around swaths of evergreens and opt for these natural-looking strands instead," said Good Housekeeping. "Twist them around porch poles and bannisters, or frame the front door using Command hooks."
You can always wrap your trees with traditional lights, however these make installation super simple and also may be less attractive to rabbits and other cord-eaters. You can also "use these waterproof lights to wrap pillars or fences," said HomeBNC. "Made out of flexible material, these lights can bend and shape to fit any decoration idea you may have."