Interiors Inspiration: Lustful Lanterns


Relish these dark evenings with statement lighting to illuminate and inspire. Lighting can make a big difference to how we feel in our homes during the cold months – not just the designs we choose for our shades, lamps or spots, but the way we layer and combine different sources and types of lights. Get your lighting right and your home can go from dreary to delightful. 

Winter is here – and Christmas is fast approaching  – and one the easiest lighting decor tips that interiors and wedding stylists keep recommending is filling your house with tealights, lanterns and hurricanes. Lanterns look lovely during the day or evening in all styles of homes, from contemporary to classic. Alongside candles, they are the best way to create accent lighting that adds soft pools of faded, glowing light making homes feel cosier and more inviting.

Lanterns are fantastically versatile  they do double duty as both decoration and lighting. You can hang them ceilings and doorways, place them on windowsills and steps, walls, in entryways, and they make magnificent lighting centrepieces for the festive table. Use them for low-level illumination and group them together for an even more impressive effect. 

They look stunning lit at night or filled with fresh or dry flowers and acorns during the day. Fill them with (dried) fruits and rocks or other decorative accessories besides the obvious candle option. They make it really easy to bring the outdoors in. Your lantern, no matter how small, can be used as a miniature terrarium  succulents and mosses in particular thrive in this contained environment. 

Lanterns add ambience and romance to any room or corner of your home, big or small. Whether you have lanterns framing the steps of your staircase or tiered on a mantlepiece or sideboard, you will love their soft glow.

For a festive touch and a big wow factor this Christmas, arrange a grouping of lanterns at your entryway and on a windowsill. Fill up a hurricane vase with an assortment of metallic decorations, baubles and a set of white fairy lights for an instant festive feel. 

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  • I love so many of these lantern ideas! I’d never thought of trying to add dried flowers or acorns and stuff like that to the lanterns, but I think it’s an idea that my wife is going to love. Along with the ideas for hanging them in different places, I think we’re going to have some redecorating to do. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tobais Armstrong