Despite the nagging threat of mosquitos, there’s nothing like being outdoors at night with a soft light illuminating you and your friends. Of course, a firepit is one way to light your outdoor space, but sometimes an open flame isn’t appropriate or you need more than one lighting source.

That’s why outdoor lanterns are so perfect, combining the practical and pretty to add to your outdoor décor.

A few months ago we did a story about the history of lanterns, and today we’re doing a follow-up, focused on some popular styles.

Asian Inspired Outdoor Lanterns

These first two lanterns look like they have been inspired by those outside ancient Japanese Buddhist monasteries.

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Asian Lantern in Toronto by Q. Le

Both are in Canada. This lantern is in a backyard oasis in Edmonton…

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Asian Lantern Oasis by Prairie Ridge Landscapes

I love this one, which stays true to its roots — it was custom made in Bali — but would work with more modern decor…

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Indonesian Lantern in Landscape by Daniel Moran Architect

The next two patios use Chinese-inspired outdoor lanterns for a global feel…

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Patio with Paper Lanterns by Cherie Marcel

Isn’t this perfect lighting for a big outdoor celebration? You could use the idea of multiple round paper lanterns in your backyard too…

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Lantern-lit Patio Party by Beatrice Jullien


 

Old Fashioned Americana Lanterns

Although these “lanterns” are in Mason jars, I love how they look with the Moravian Star, and how everything hangs from an old rustic ladder…

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Hanging Ladder Chandelier by Unskinny Boppy

The metal wash bason and wood planks in this sun room provide a perfect backdrop for this classic, older style…

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Sun Porch with Lantern by Adrienne DeRosa

The rustic lantern hanging from the eaves of this porch reminds me of something a cowboy would use (the antlers also remind me of that ole’ Home on the Range).

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Montana Porch with Lantern by Design Associates

This outdoor lantern in Texas has some inspiration from South of the Border — like you’re living in your own hacienda or estate. The use of cut-outs and triangular shapes cast interesting shadows.

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Mexican Lantern Chandelier by Pool Environments

These are some of my favorites but what are yours? We’d love to hear your comments or, better yet, see your pictures on our Facebook page.


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