So, you’re looking for an apartment rental near Rahway, New Jersey, and though you’re still looking for the perfect place to call home, you can’t help but think about creative ways to decorate your future home? (We totally get it.)

Have you considered string lights? Work with us here a moment. We’re not talking about decorating your new home with some rope lights as a throwback to your college dorm days. But a cool set of string lights can really add a tasteful and modern touch to any home. Our favorite style are the Edison string lights, but feel free to use whatever works best for your own tastes, get creative, and most of all: have fun! It’s your home, not a museum.

Brighten up a dark wall

Drape some string lights along a particularly dark wall (maybe it’s brick and you can’t paint it, or it’s just a darker color you like and don’t want to change), to help breathe a little extra life into it.

Have a “candlelight” movie night

Have you ever shut off all the lights, lit some candles, and cozied up on the couch for a nightlong movie fest? This is the same concept, except swap out the candles with light bulbs. Best part? If you fall asleep without turning the lights off, it’s not fire hazard.

Spruce up your outdoor space

Depending on your home, outdoor living space can be extremely limited or, more likely the case, not intended as something to set the mood. Rig a set or two of string lights above or around your outdoor seating area to add a softer glow to your space so you and your guests can enjoy each other’s company away from the harsh glow of a floodlight. Your apartment rental near Rahway will be the spot for everyone this summer!

Illuminate your canopy bed

Canopy beds are dramatic statement pieces that add a lot of character to any bedroom. Take yours to a whole new level by swapping out the dated wisps of willowy fabric from the beams above and instead replacing them with a line or two of string lights.

Mix and match

Don’t think that, just because there’s already lighting built into a room of yours, that you’re limited in shape and style. This is your chance to express yourself and, yes, that can even be done with something like lighting. Choose a style that works for you and don’t be afraid to experiment. Best part is: when you introduce different light sources, you’ll have various “levels” of lighting to play with in that area depending on your mood or the occasion.

So, there you have it. A few simple ways to illuminate your living space as you narrow down your search for an apartment rental near Rahway. What other creative ways do you think you could work string lights into your life?