Chic String Lights That Will Elevate Any Space

Venus Wong

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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Pottery Barn Mini Star String Lights


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

Dormify LED String Light Curtain 



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

Terrain Stargazer Copper Twine Lights



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

Opalhouse Copper & Metal Frame Fairy Lights



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

Amazon Photo Clip String Lights



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

Urban Outfitters Vine String Lights



Freshen and brighten up your space in one go with a garland of radiant greenery.

Urban Outfitters Vine String Lights, $, available at Urban Outfitters

World Market Origami Prisms String Lights



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

Bright Tunes Bluetooth Speaker String Lights



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

Etsy Pink Peony String Lights



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

CB2 Edison String Lights



The classic Edison-style bulbs feel much more sophisticated than its holiday teardrop-shaped counterparts.

CB2 Edison String Lights, $, available at CB2

Anthropologie Stargazer Glass Bubble Lights



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

Amazon Moon-Shaped String Lights



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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