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.
This gorgeous gate is a perfect aesthetic fit to the surrounding cottage garden as well as a functional entrance for the outdoor space. The distressed finish works with the whimsical look. The green shade allows it to be a focal point while still blending with the general color scheme of the natural hues around it.
The brick fireplace and its chimney are large and, left in the original red, might feel imposing and out of date. But painted white, they look clean and contemporary and become an ideal backdrop for fun details like the lantern pendants.
A lovely luminaria option for the outdoors is the Soji™ Stella Cylinder Lantern, in red, bronze, midnight blue and silver. The lanterns, from Allsop Home & Garden, can hang from trees, decks and porches or be placed on the ground or to decorate a tabletop.
Rich polished wood creates a warm frame for this inviting balcony. Wicker armchairs are topped with plush red tufted cushions creating a nice color contrast to the forrest green siding. A matching wicker table with glass top separates the chair for a simple and intimate set up.
The deep red hue of this front door brings color to the porch without being too vibrant so as to blend with the calm, farmhouse style. A white door frame echoes the three-window rows on the door and matches the window framing. Lantern sconces frame the door for stylized and useful lighting.
Classic blue-and-white armchairs combine with a bright blue chaise and additional traditional furnishings for a comfortable living room. Globe lanterns illuminate the space, while a white fireplace and built-in bookshelves pop off the textured red wallpaper.
This entryway features an inviting nook with a built-in banquette inspired by Wallace Nutting illustrations. Simple, clean lines throughout the rest of the room help the ornate benches stand apart. Faux-painted walls and a romantic lantern are full of Old World charm.
This adorable beach cottage is in the heart of California's La Jolla village just outside San Diego. When its renovation started, the goals were to brighten up the space and create the perfect beach getaway.
Rich woods, paper lantern chandelier, bamboo plants and exotic artifacts root this dining space in Asian design. A distressed red credenza adds a bold pop of color along with an adjacent bright red vase.