8 Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

Embellishing your yard with holiday lights is a cheery idea if you follow a few simple guidelines and precautions.
Christmas lights

Create a master plan

Look at your house from the street or take a photograph to make an overall plan. First, consider adding lights along eaves, pillars, posts, windows and doors to highlight architectural features. Next, look at bushes, trees, window boxes and planters. Finally, check out lighting for paths as well as stand-alone figures.

Find balance

“Everyone gravitates toward the roofline and they forget to balance it with something below,” says Mike Marlow of Holiday Bright Lights, a national chain that provides professional holiday lighting for homes and business. “It’s like interior design. You might have something on your room’s walls, but you need something on the shelves and the end tables too.”

Consider the backyard

Why should the front yard have all the fun? “We’re seeing people decorate…

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