A fast, affordable, and savvy hack for enhancing ambiance: string lights. Although popular accessories inside dorm rooms, the glowing fixtures shouldn't be cast aside as unsophisticated or tacky. The easy-to-hang clusters of tiny bulbs radiate a warm glow that can transform a barren living space into the coziest (and chicest) oasis.
There are a multitude of styles that will instantly elevate the look and feel of any interior, whether dorm room or post-grad apartment. And ahead we've curated our favorites — from MCM-minimalist illuminators to elegantly glamorous bulbs and lights with etherial whimsy— so scroll on to shop.
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Enjoy the prettiness of twinkling stars without even stepping outside. This strand of LED lights has a subtle shine that last'll up to 150 hours.
Pottery Barn Mini Star String Lights, $, available at Pottery Barn
No wallpaper? No problem. Wash that white space in light with a luminous curtain-style, LED string set.
Dormify LED String Light Curtain, $, available at Dormify
These simple wire lights create pretty firefly effect in the dark — create a canopy effect by draping them from end to end across the ceiling.
Terrain Stargazer Copper Twine Lights 50’ Plug-In, $, available at Shop Terrain
Leave it to the cage-like embellishments on these string lights add an industrial vibe to your space.
Opalhouse LED Metal Frame Fairy Lights Copper, $, available at Target
Create a glowing gallery wall with this easy-to-hang string light and photo clip combo.
Twinkle Star Photo Clip String Lights, $, available at Amazon
Freshen and brighten up your space in one go with a garland of radiant greenery.
Urban Outfitters Vine String Lights, $, available at Urban Outfitters
The folded origami detailing on these mini paper lanterns make for subtle yet elevated room illumination.
Cost Plus World Market Origami Prisms String Lights, $, available at Cost Plus World Market
Mini bluetooth-compatible speakers are strung amidst the bulbs for a set that amps up the ambiance on both music and lighting fronts.
Bright Tunes Bluetooth Speaker String Lights, $, available at Amazon
Brighten your dresser or vanity with a bouquet of blush peonies that won't wither without water.
byDaisies Pink Peony LED String Lights, $, available at Etsy
The classic Edison-style bulbs feel much more sophisticated than its holiday teardrop-shaped counterparts.
CB2 Edison String Lights, $, available at CB2
The golden glimmer emitted from this delicate cluster of orbs will radiate understated elegance inside any space.
Anthropologie Stargazer Glass Bubble Lights, 15’ Battery Powered, $, available at Anthropologie
This celestial-inspired string light feels like a grown up version of those glow-in-the-dark moon stickers we were obsessed with as kids.
HUXICUI Moon-Shaped String Lights, $, available at Amazon
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