5 Merry Ways to Brighten Up Your Kitchen with Holiday String Lights

published Dec 13, 2022
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When the evenings are dark and chilly, there’s nothing like a string of lights to bring in some warmth and cozy luminescence. String lights are an easy, affordable way to brighten up any room — including your kitchen — and with string lights in almost every shape and size imaginable, it’s possible to find the perfect strand to fit your decor. 

Ahead, our best ideas for making your kitchen merry with string lights.

But First, a Few Tips for Decorating with String Lights

When decorating with string lights, there are a few general tips and tricks.

  • Be consistent. Try to stick with a specific color or shape to create a cohesive look.
  • Pay attention to cords. Battery-powered lights may be a smart solution in a kitchen where outlet space is limited and where you’d rather not have lights visibly trailing to your power outlets.
  • Consider hooks or clips. Lastly, think about how you’ll string up the lights themselves. You may be able to tuck them in with other things, or you may need to invest in hooks or clips to keep the lights in place.

1. Capture light in a bottle

A decorative display of jars filled with lights is an inexpensive way to brighten up your kitchen counters. Look for antique Mason jars in different sizes, cluster them together, and fill them with lights. Or try this trick we spied over on Pinterest where you place a string of lights under a cloche for a little touch of magic.

Zhush up the scene with pine cones, garlands, or ornaments — and create the arrangement on a solid surface, like a cutting board or tray, so you can move it to the tabletop for a dazzling display. 

2. Decorate open shelving.

Open shelving is a built-in opportunity to bring in some light to your kitchen. Line shelves with strands of lights, tucking them among the items on the shelf and using a few decorating clips for extra support.

3. Place lights in the windows.

One of the simplest ways to bring warmth and cheer to a kitchen around the holidays is to place lights in the windows. A strand or two of battery-powered fairy lights adds just the right amount of twinkle.

4. Tuck lights under cabinets.

The space below your upper cabinets is just begging for a little holiday flair. Add a long strand of lights with hooks to keep them in place, and you’ll enjoy the extra glitter and glow each evening. 

Credit: Stephanie Ganz

5. Illuminate your table.

Twinkling lights are a beautiful way to add sparkle to your kitchen table, whether you run a string of lights through the center of the table or add a lighted wreath like this Trader Joe’s find. Or, wind string lights around a festive garland to make it shimmer on the table.