Decorative lanterns, vintage or new, are one of the easiest and most attractive ways to add lighting to an outdoor space. Cluster them on the dining table, group them at points around the edges of the space or line them up on a wall — the options are many and varied. You can use real wax candles or outdoor LED “candles.” The San Nicola Lantern shown here, $99, from Grandin Road, comes with three battery-operated flameless candles.
Try adding a few of these weatherproof lanterns to small crooks along the walkway. To make, coat the inside of a canning jelly jar with mod podge and cover with glitter. Allow it to dry. Add a small strand of battery powered lights, then tuck ribbon under the lid and screw the lid on tight.
By reducing some of the clutter and toning down the colors, this dining room went from chaotic to full of character. Key pieces like the Cantonese figures and the oriental rug remain from the original design while new lighting, a distressed table and linen chairs give it a more transitional feel.
Add a light fixture over an outdoor dining area, whether it’s completely covered or underneath a pergola. Nievera Williams Design designed the pergola, which is covered in low water bougainvillea, in this Palm Beach, Fla., yard that won a Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award.
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.
Skip balloons and instead pop color and shape throughout your party space with paper lanterns. Pick up two to three packs of lanterns in a variety of coordinating colors. Assemble the lanterns, use zip ties or twine to cluster them together, then hang them at different levels.