5 Decorative Lanterns & How to Style Them

Lanterns are no longer just a backyard necessity, they're now part of your interior home decor too! To help you bring the trend into your home, we've put together unique ways to style five different decorative lanterns.

White lantern paired with succulents, candles, a candle snuffer, and a table. photo

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How to Style Your White Decorative Lantern

You've got the furniture and bedding, now it's time to decorate your chic bedroom—which is the best part in our opinion! Switch out your traditional lamp for a white hand-painted lantern paired with a pillar candle inside that'll brighten up your room while using less energy. When you're about to leave the room or go to sleep, gently put out the flame with a contemporary candle snuffer. Swap out your old-school nightstand for this round faux-marble table, and don't forget to add mini succulents to complete the look.

Price: $14.95; lantern (pier1.com)

$5–$34; candles (potterybarn.com)

$79.99; table (overstock.com)

$12.99; candle snuffer (target.com)

$15.96; succulents (worldmarket.com)

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Brass lantern paired with a wire table, a faux cactus, a plant, and a plant mister. photo

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How to Style Your Brass Decorative Lantern

Taking care of plants isn't always a walk in the park, so instead fill your sunroom with simple designs that look nice and don't require maintenance. Start with a woven wire end table topped with a brass lantern. Then, livin it up by putting a large faux air plant inside the lantern. To top off the look, add a faux cactus to your ensemble that looks just as good as the real deal but with less hassle. Finally, to make it appear as though you have a green thumb, we suggest pairing this look with a brass mister.

Price: $29.95; lantern (crateandbarrel.com)

$14.99; plant (worldmarket.com)

$89.99; table (target.com)

$14; cactus (urbanoutfitters.com)

$17.99; mister (target.com)

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Light wooden lantern paired with a candle, vintage books, a table, and garland. photo

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How to Style Your Rustic Decorative Lantern

When this wooden lantern is with the right accessories, it's exactly what you need to transform your living room into a perfect rustic-inspired atmosphere. We suggest placing this lantern on a console table made from reclaimed pine. Put the pair under a large window to let natural light show off your display and the unique imperfections in the wood. To add more rustic charm, position this set of vintage books next to your lantern, and for a fresh pop of color drape this eucalyptus garland over the entirety of the table. Bonus: With a simple white candle inside, this lantern will give your room a soft glow.

Price: $24.99; lantern (kirklands.com)

$84; garland (magnolia.com)

$1,099–$1,898; table (potterybarn.com)

$19.95; candle (crateandbarrel.com)

$39.99; books (target.com)

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Traditional lantern paired with a black fedora, a tan fedora, a table, and an organizer. photo

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How to Style Your Traditional Decorative Lantern

If you have a serious love for antiques then we have just what you're looking for! Incorporate this antique-style lantern to revamp your entryway when you pair it with dark-washed wood accents. Complete the space with a wall organizer great for hanging your keys and storing your mail, and a trendy modern-meets-rustic console table. For a little extra old-time flair, fill the empty hooks with tan and black fedora hats, or hang them on the wall alongside your organizer!

Price: $61.53; lantern (hayneedle.com)

$799; table (crateandbarrel.com)

$45; organizer (etsy.com)

$78; hat (bananarepublic.com)

$195; hat (nordstrom.com)

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Black caged lantern with light bulb inside paired with garland, a metal tray, a table runner, and a gray table. photo

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How to Style Your Modern Decorative Lantern

Get creative the next time you have a backyard bash and incorporate a decorative lantern into your centerpiece. This black cage lantern from World Market will set your patio apart from others as it creates a modern aesthetic—especially when paired with this stylish teak outdoor dining table! To really draw eyes to your modern lantern, set it in this small metal serving tray, and for the finishing touch layer a woven table runner with some greenery. We don't doubt guests will be inspired by this look, so get ready for the compliments and questions as to where you found these contemporary finds.

Price: $29.99; lantern (worldmarket.com)

$1,498; table (terrain.com)

$29.95; table runner (cb2.com)

$34.50; tray (potterybarn.com)

$49.95; garland (pier1.com)

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