House decorated for Christmas with snow outside

10 Holiday Lighting Ideas for 2016

The holidays are upon us! How do you plan to decorate your home? From white trees to red ribbon, there are plenty of ideas to spark your creativity – these are a few we recommend:

Start with the Entrance

The door is the literal gateway to your home as well as the essential design starting point. It should look inviting, while not overbearing. If you have rails on your steps, it is customary and charming to wrap lit garlands on the guardrails of the stairs or balconies, and place a wreath on the door. In some cases, you may be able to put the wreath above the door. While some prefer their wreaths lit, depending on the house, a small unlit wreath can add a more natural look.

White Christmas

Wrap all your trees in white lights to create a uniformed and clean look for your home’s exterior.

Columns of Lights

If you have a colonial style home, wrap your columns in garland and white lights to brighten up the front of your house.


Hang lit wreaths on every window or on the side of your home near the roof. Tie a red ribbon for a festive touch.

Red Green and Gold

Dedicate each tree to a unique color. Wrap you evergreen in red, your sycamore in green, and your maple in gold.


Keep things simple by adding candles (on a timer) to each window on every floor in your home, including your attic.

Tea Light Pathway

How beautiful it look to lay down a row of tea light candles on your front pathway after a light snowfall.

Hanging Flakes

An alternative to icicles – hang snowflakes from your butters instead.

Entry Lights

Do you have a gate in front of your home? Hang a large wreath on it as if it were your front door.

White Orbs

Do you have a white-lit tree? Decorate the tree with white orbs to add dimension to it.

Colors Galore

Go all out with red green and white or other colors that represent your holiday. Hang them from your gutters and wrap them around your shrubs.

Accenting the Home’s Best Features

Putting string lights under the lip of the roof can create a great outline, which lights up the rest of the home quite well. This is where “less is more” can be used quite effectively and help you save on the energy bill. Putting up these types of lights should be left to a professional as it can be dangerous if done improperly.

Need more holiday lighting ideas? Not only will Summer Rain help you find the perfect design, but we will install them too! Our Lighting Systems can supply worry-free maintenance service contracts, repair, and enhance existing lighting systems, including lighting automation. Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more.