Just google the word “lantern” and you’ll find lanterns in dozens of home design images. These beautiful light fixtures refer to a style of lighting in which the bulbs are either fully enclosed (usually by glass) or semi-enclosed with a cage. Lanterns have a very traditional aesthetic as they’ve been used to light homes and streets since the 1800s. Lanterns originally were used to shield a delicate candle flame from the wind and elements. While many people still consider them an outdoor lighting fixture, contemporary designs often bring them inside. Today, you’ll find them in every style under the sun and used in just about every room in the house. They’re hanging over a kitchen sink, over an island, over the dining room table, in the foyer, and even in outdoor rooms. Lanterns are a classic pendant lighting option that can be easily worked into the style of your home.
Not convinced? We’ll help you pick the style that works best in your home with this lantern roundup:
The above light fixtures from left to right, top to bottom are:
• Thomasville Lighting Piedmont Collection Antique Bronze 4 Light Foyer Pendant, $206.10: This lantern is a class, traditional Shaker style light fixture featuring four candelabra bulbs.
• Illumine 5 Light Foyer Pendant Antique Bronze Finish, $238: The simple lines of this Illumine fixture have a clean, modern feel, perfect for neutral rooms and sleek, contemporary styling.
• Hampton Bay Elnora Collection 6 Light Chrome Lantern, $389: This lantern offers the glamor and formality of a chandelier, but with the classic, lantern-style cage. It features 6 lights, a modern chrome finish, and comes with black fabric shades.
• Glomar Moulan 3 Light Hanging Copper Bronze Pendant with Champagne Shade, $135: This classic-style lantern features an aged finish for a more vintage look, and it meets EnergyStar criteria to save your home energy!
• Brunswick Chandelier, on sale for $230.20: This lantern-style chandelier features a sleek, black metal cage.
• Illumine 3 Light Foyer Pendant Antique Bronze Finish, $78: The simple design of this pendant light is made feminine with a curved design to the cage.
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