Lanterns to Light the Home

Lanterns to Light the Home

Colleen Quinn
May 4, 2011

I don't know if is the time of year, or the fact that I'm currently living in the Middle East, but for some reason I keep finding myself drawn to lanterns. From decorative wire to glass to solar powered shoji, there is is just something appealing about the idea of decorative lighting when and where I want it. Whether you use them indoors or out, lanterns are a wonderful way to add a little pizzazz to your lighting.

Most lanterns cry out for the gentle flicker of candles; no substitute for electric light when it comes to reading or writing, soft candlelight can help set the mood whether you are having a quiet evening at home or hosting the perfect summer party. Candles in colored glass lanterns create a stained glass effect in the home, while the wire lanterns like the ones shown above cast interesting shadows across your space.

If the open flame of candles makes you nervous, then solar powered shoji lanterns offer a great alternative. Whether you choose a brightly colored option or the more standard white, the soft curves and softer light of a shoji lantern help to create an inviting atmosphere in any space.

Do you use lanterns in your home? If so, do you use them indoors or out? Do you consider them a seasonal extravagance or do they stay up all year round? Inquiring minds want to know...

Image: Wire Lanterns from West Elm.

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