Decorate with lantern ideas for your home decor and holiday decor. Lanterns are great to decorate with for holidays like fall and Christmas. And they are a perfect piece to use when accessorizing your home. Here are some of my favorite lanterns and a little more about how to decorate with them.
Using lanterns as a part of your decorations is an easy way to add height to your designs. There are so many different styles of lanterns from rustic to modern. Here are different decorate with lantern ideas along with how I styled mine for different holidays.
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DECORATE WITH LANTERNS IDEAS
Lanterns are a staple when it comes to decorating. It is important to add height when using an assemble of pieces and a lantern can instantly give that height.
Lanterns are also great to use if you only need one item. Add a candles inside and like magic you have a simple accessory that glows.
But my favorite time to use lanterns is for holidays. Here are places I love to use lanterns in my home along with different holiday styling.
Decorating Mantels with Lantern
A great place to add lanterns is on your mantel.
On this mantel, I have decorated with lanterns, pastel-painted pumpkins, cotton, and a brown burlap wreath. The lanterns anchor the ends of the mantle so I can decorate it in the middle.
I simply added battery-powered candles inside. They are so pretty at night when turned on!
Here is the same lantern decorating idea on the mantel but I used spring farmhouse decor.
Now let's talk about add lanterns to your porch.
DECORATING PORCHES WITH LANTERNS
Probably my favorite place to use lanterns for decorations is porches. I love placing it on the floor together with a group of three or by itself like it did in this autumn porch decoration.
For this lantern, I added little tiny battery-powered lights inside. It gives it a pretty glow at night.
On my small front porch decorating ideas post I brought my lanterns from my fall mantel outside on the porch for spring. This idea is a little different from fall because I turned the lantern on an angle and added a small pot of greenery next to it.
Now think about moving your lantern by a larger plant or a Christmas tree in this example.
DECORATING WITH LANTERNS ON BOOKCASES
Remember me mentioning that lanterns add height to decorations. Here is a great example of how a lantern works perfectly in an assemble of accessories.
When you decorate with multiple accessories on a bookcase start with the tallest item first in the back. In this case, I added this gorgeous lantern, then a stack of books, a jug that is shorter than the lantern then a candle, and last something small on top of the books.
Remember you can just place a lantern as a single object on a bookcase but on this bottoms shelf, we decided a grouping would be better.
DECORATING WITH LANTERNS ON CENTERPIECES
Probably one of the most popular places to use lanterns for decorations is on a table centerpiece.
This particular Christmas I used a lantern for a festive tablescape at my sister's house. Simply add some ribbon to your lantern and place them on the ends of center decorations or use the lantern as the main centerpiece
DECORATING AN ENTRYWAY WITH LANTERNS
Okay maybe I mentioned that I love decorating with lantern in another place but I also love using lanterns to decorate my bench area during the holidays.
BEST LANTERNS FOR DECORATING
So, how do you decorate with lanterns? With so many different types, where do you even start with picking one out? That's why I have put together this guide for you to show you some of my favorite decorate with lantern ideas!
Kate Aspen Classic Lantern
What I love about this one is that it will work with so many different designs – Coastal, Farmhouse, even Nautical!
Boston International Cape Cod Style Net Covered Lantern
I love the nautical look of this one! If you have a coastal theme, this one would be perfect for you!
Flameless Tin & Wood Rustic Candle Lanterns
Don't these lanterns look like tiny houses? To me, these would work great if you had a village scene, even for Christmas decor!
Koehler Home Decor Perfect Lodge Wooden Lantern
This wood lantern would fit in PERFECTLY for a farmhouse or even French style! I love the simplicity of it and how you could incorporate it into so many designs.
Assorted Metal Glass Rope Lantern
Have more of a modern look you want to achieve? These glass rope lanterns will help with that – and this is a set of 2!
By the Sea Lighthouse Tea Light Holder
This lighthouse-inspired lantern is perfect for real tea-lights! I'd love this one in my bathroom, or other small room when I need some low, romantic lighting.
Moroccan Solar Powered LED Garden Flameless Candle Lantern
Love entertaining outdoors? Just want a great way to make your garden “shine” (no pun intended) This outdoor, solar-powered lantern will do just that!
Kate Aspen Vintage Lantern, Blue
If you love blues, this one is for you! It's even got that shabby-chic look to it. I'd love to see this one sitting next to some pastel pumpkins, wouldn't you?
Siena Metal Lantern with LED Candle
If you don't have a lot of space, this tall and skinny lantern is perfect for you! It even brings in more of a ghoul look for Halloween!
Country Style Rustic Lantern with Flickering Flameless LED Candle
Don't want a real candle? This one comes complete with a flickering LED candle. It's perfect for the mantel, hallway or the porch!
So, there you have it – some of my favorite decorate with lantern ideas along with ideas on how to decorate with them! Whether you are trying to get more nautical or need something to help with your French decor, there's a lantern on this list to help your designs pop.
Love a lantern that's not on this list? Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite!
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