Even though decorative lanterns are popular all year round, they make a very special appearance during the holidays. Whether they are crimson and cylindrical or rusty and rectilinear, people everywhere don their illuminated lanterns indoors and outdoors.
Because of its inherent versatility, the lantern is perfect for ushering in the holiday season. Easily transformed with battery-operated candles, Christmas ornaments, faux cranberries, faux snow, sprigs, holiday-themed figurines, candleholders or small Christmas trees, just the sight of this accessory is bound to make you smile.
Today I want to explore the versatility of lanterns by showing you five different ways decorators and designers are using them during the holidays.
1. Wall Décor
Instead of going the typical route of simply placing your decorative lanterns on an entryway console, why not hang them on the wall a la sconce? This hanging wall decor will command all of your guests’ attention as they cannot help but notice them as soon as they walk in your door.
2. Light Up the Way
If you have a wide enough interior staircase, adding decorative lanterns on the end of each tread is a wonderful way to light up the way. Since most treads are only about 11 inches deep, consider that dimension when purchasing lanterns for this area. In addition, be mindful of the nosing on the tread since it will impede you from utilizing all 11 inches on the tread.
3. Flank the Fireplace
Probably one of most popular ways to use lanterns during the holidays is around the fireplace. Whether they sit on your mantel or on your hearth, this area is a wonderful place to display your lovelies.
4. Table Décor
Displaying lanterns on your table or kitchen counter lends to the ambiance to the space. A glowing flame from a battery-operated candle in your lanterns is especially appropriate in this type of setting.
5. Outdoor Pizazz
Similar to the indoor staircase, lanterns can provide extra illumination on the stairs or path leading up to your front door. This is how I utilize lanterns during the holiday. My lantern has a pre-lit Christmas tree inside of it.
The greatest part about lanterns is that after the holiday has come and gone, you can still use them to display other seasons like autumn or holidays such as Easter and July 4th. You can be as creative as you want to be with this accessory!