Rather than over-decorating the banisters, we think simple’s best – if you’re using greenery, a few lights peeking out in between looks charming, but any more than that looks too much. It’s best to use battery-powered fairy lights, because then you don’t need to worry about finding a socket, and the little box is easy to hide amongst the green.
Lights on their own can be lovely, too – keep them to a warm white bulb so it’s all about an easy glow, and wind them round individual spindles (all of them, or just a few, depending on how much drama you want). Our Grosvenor fairy lights suit a traditional look, or try our Hazlitt star-shaped lights for something more playful.
As with garlands, you might need to roughly measure your stairs before you buy to make sure you’re getting enough lights, but as less is more here, shorter strands aren’t ever a bother.