Distressed, reclaimed wood planks line the pitched ceiling to add texture and visual interest to this staircase. Iron lantern wall sconces give the space a cozy, inviting farmhouse vibe. A wall of windows keeps the stairs from feeling closed-off or dim.
A slanted wood roof supported by columns stretches over a section of this gray stone patio before it opens up fully to the outdoors. Lantern-like sconces are mounted to the columns, adding a lovely yellow light throughout the space. Natural wood benches provide seating with the exterior wall of the home serving as a backrest.
Untreated wood gives this room a beautiful, natural light coloring. Wood shelves holding a small display of candles and mason jars are connected to wall hooks with dark chains, adding a decorative touch to the design. Lantern-like sconces complete the simple but attractive look.
Light pink paint on the wall, sconces and a small chandelier give the room a look that's bright and airy as well as feminine. A wood shingle effect accent wall adds texture to the room and is matched by awnings over the windows.
Stacked stone walls, a wood planked ceiling and lantern sconces create a warm, welcoming front entry. Patterned glass on the sidelights and transom window gives the front door a distinct Craftsman look.
White beadboard and shiplap walls give this staircase a classic country look while also brightening the space. Tall, narrow windows enhance the height of the pitched ceiling. Iron lantern sconces make the space feel cozy and cottage-like.
This inviting foyer features a round wooden table with a white orchid centerpiece. A lantern pendant light hangs above and matches a pair of sconces that flank a doorway. Neutral floral wall paper and a natural woven area rug add finishing touches.
Fireplaces that project out from the wall are ideal for flanking with a bookcase, a cabinet or both, as is done here. Their heights, color and basic framework is kept the same for a consistent look. To draw attention to the fireplace, the overmantel is covered in reclaimed barn wood and exterior lanterns adorn the wall instead of interior sconces.
Large paned windows allow natural light to illuminate both the first and the second floor. An oval-shaped wrought iron chandelier serves as a focal point as guests ascend the stairs. Wrought iron lantern sconces add a bit of detail to the paneled light gray walls and complement the chandelier as well.
Layers of light are as important to designing a welcoming outdoor living area as they are to indoor spaces. So, just as you might include recessed overhead lights, lamps and wall sconces in your living room, outdoors you can plan to brighten walls, landscaping elements and even overhead. In this project, landscape architect June Scott installed small directional lights in a large tree to create what she calls a “moonlight” effect. Additional fixtures graze the walls, “creating shimmering patterns.” She supplemented with candle lanterns around the perimeter — an easy and affordable option that works in any space, no wiring required.