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5 Lanterns That Make A Design Difference

A bit of romance. A bit of rustic charm. And sometimes even nautically-inspired. Lanterns can bring a lot of life and personality to even the most unsuspecting of places. They’re quite versatile too. From an eclectic, World Market-flavored living room to a dainty, feminine guest bedroom, lanterns can jazz up a corner and add interest to previously dull spaces. Let’s look at some wonderful ideas.

1. On a pole.

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If you’ve got a lantern that looks like it belong alongside a beach boardwalk, have it take up some space in the bedroom. It adds edge to a girlish bedroom and some extra pop to a lighter color palette. It can serve as a basic reading light as well as a fashion-forward piece to the room.

2. All in a row.

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Take some smaller lanterns and line them up on the porch. It’s a little bit of masculine, eclectic personality to a prettier porch or enclosed patio. Have fresh flowers out and a some other more feminine accessories to have a nice mismatched pairing of cool, home decor. It’s a fresher take on the usual “latern as lighting” look, where instead the lanterns take center stage as a piece of fashion for the room. This idea is great for the bathroom too!

3. The big focus.

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If you’re lucky enough in your thrifting or shopping adventures to find an over-sized lantern with a lot of personality, snatch it up quickly! It’s a great piece to have at the foot of the staircase or near the front door to welcome guests. With a lot of style, these big lanterns can help to create the entire look of any corner by just sitting it down on the floor or on a long table.

4. Look up above.

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Try out a lighting fixture that looks a bit like a lantern. In a country-chic breakfast nook or above your sleek kitchen island, a lantern-esque chandelier will add a lot of architectural, art decor appeal. Instead of laying out your entire kitchen and dining area to match one theme, using a piece that’s subtle yet different will give the space an extra design element.

5. A combination of sorts.

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If you can’t decide what you love, choose them all! Use a combination of fun lanterns to adorn your funky living room or home office. With a bit of inspiration from all different cultures, it’s only natural you use a variety of colors, patterns and a playful assortment of lanterns hanging from the sky or hanging out on a side table somewhere.

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Posted in Lighting on December 5, 2012

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Grace Lynne Fleming
From the outskirts of Nashville, I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Communication, I'm a lover of words.

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