With Halloween in the rearview and Thanksgiving just around the bend, it can be helpful to start thinking about holiday décor and lighting before the weather gets too cold and snowy. Here are Western Montana Lighting’s top holiday lighting tips to make your home the merriest place on the block.

One: Play with Color

All-white lighting is an understated, elegant choice, but don’t be afraid to add a little color to the mix. Red, white, and green lights create a festive palette, both indoors and out. Try alternating white and colorful strings on your Christmas tree, or decorating a handful of small shrubs and trees with multicolor lights.

Two: Bring Globe Lights Indoors

A well-placed string of brass-socket globe lights can bring a cozy, rustic ambiance to any room in your home. Weave them amidst pine boughs on the mantelpiece or crisscross strings from one side of a room to the other.

Three: Rhapsody in Blue

Blue lights are traditionally associated with Hanukkah, and they can be incorporated into Christmas or non-religious décor, too. Wrap a string of blue lights around a bannister to add an eye-catching, sophisticated touch to your indoor lighting scheme. A single blue tree amongst the other lighting in your yard is guaranteed to stop traffic and turn heads.

Four: Illuminate Holiday Cards

Holiday card strings are a perennially popular idea – add a unique twist this year and light your favorites! Hang a small indoor string of lights in a zigzag or Christmas tree pattern on a bare wall. Then, when you receive cards in the mail, use small clips to display them along the string.

Five: Take a Bough

Fill a tall vase, basket, or even an umbrella stand with tree, holly, or shrub boughs – real or artificial – wrapped in lit strings to bring an outdoorsy splash of light to corners, tabletops, or mantels.

Six: Use Curtain or Blanket Strings as a Backdrop

Drape a few sheets of curtain or blanket lights along a wall in your entryway or behind a long hallway table for an unexpected and delightful holiday accent.

Seven: Put Your Lights Under Glass

A glass hurricane or globe brimming with twinkling lights is a lovely way to bring some bright whimsy to doorsteps or countertops.

Eight: Review a Checklist from the Experts

Whatever your decorating style may be, it’s always a good idea to review the holiday lighting safety tips from the experts at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety.

The Western Montana Lighting family wishes you and yours a warm, wonderful, and well-lit holiday season!