Light Up Your Summer with Fabulous Festoons

Glamping with field festoons via Lights4Fun

All thoughts turn to outside lighting at this time of year, in the vain hope that we might just get a glorious summer with long, balmy evenings to sit outside sipping a glass of chilled wine and flicking olive stones at the cat. I’ve been specifying lighting for clients in the last few weeks and am delighted that it’s now so much easier and more affordable to create the gorgeous look of festoon lighting around the home. Wedding and events planners have been using this lighting so beautifully for a few years, now it’s your turn!

I’ve used them inside at a restaurant refurb which Team Moregeous worked on in March, using vivid red cable, bakelite lamp holders and filament bulbs from Urban Cottage Industries. They proved very easy for our electrician to sort out and fit, leading in from the door to the bar area and looking striking against the brilliant white ceiling. I set these lights approximately 80cm apart but the holders can be pierced through the fabric cable wherever you’d like them to be, meaning a totally unique look each time. This lighting was staying inside and fixed, so the vintage filament bulbs and fittings didn’t need to be waterproof. These could be used anywhere indoors, or in a bar, venue or wedding location, or maybe under a waterproof porch. Remember that filament lamps are delicate so this style is not designed to be taken up and down repeatedly.

Red cable festoon lighting

Urban Cottage Industries red festoon lighting in the Splendid Sausage Co, Manchester

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Then onto an external makeover I worked on last week, where the challenge was to turn a rather yucky yard into a bright party space with the help of some new furniture and accessories. Extra lighting at night was going to complete the transformation so I chose some Lights4Fun external LED festoons. These are designed for outdoors with a long cable for plugging inside and are very sturdy, with protected LED bulbs which don’t easily break if they get knocked, pretty well suited to our changeable British weather. I think they look fab against the wall and would look even better strung across an eating area, hmmmmm, my mind is already brimming with ideas for my garden at Moregeous Mansions, lots of lush lighting will definitely be incorporated 🙂

2014-05-06_0008Here are some other gorgeous images to inspire you to have some festoon fun this summer!

Courtyard festoon lighting via Hannah Ware

Courtyard festoon lighting via Hannah Ware

Single strings via Chloe Franks and via Pinterest

Single strings via Chloe Franks and via Pinterest

Stringing along via FatShackVintage and a Pinkous Bohemian style

Stringing along via FatShackVintage and a Pinkous Bohemian style

Black festoon lighting in bar by InBlum Architects in Minsk Belarus

Super cool black festoons in a bar in Minsk, Belarus

Nightime festoons via Leo Farrell

Nightime festoons via Leo Farrell

Beautiful wedding lighting via Rachael Mills

Beautiful wedding lighting via Rachael Mills

Festoon heaven via Warren Brown

Festoon heaven via Warren Brown

Simple Ikea festoon lighting

Simple Ikea festoon lighting

Easy when you know how eh? xx

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