How To Choose The Right Outdoor Lanterns
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How To Choose the Right Outdoor Lanterns

You've made the right decision on choosing outdoor lanterns to decorate your outdoor entertaining area! Besides being a lighting element, lanterns are also a very stylish piece of accessory that complement the overall outdoor design. Yes, you can use them for indoor areas as well, but lanterns are mainly made to decorate the outdoor space. That's why the most common places where they're placed is above the entrance door, in the center of the patio or on the side walls of your backyard, and if you choose to decorate a party with them, you can find them hanging on a long rope in large number, providing romantic low light to the entire atmosphere. Choosing the right outdoor lanterns doesn't have to be hard or daunting; here's what you need to know before you go shopping for lanterns:

1. Style

When I say style, I mean the various designs of outdoor lanterns there are. You can find them made of copper, iron, paper, plastic. Moreover, their form can be so versatile; you can get large or small balls, triangles, and other geometry forms. You can also get lanterns in the form of little houses in which a light is placed. The possibilities are endless, and the choice depends on what effect you wish to accomplish with the lanterns; your house looking like a castle, like a really cool party garden, or tastefully arranged residence.

2. Size

It's really important not to choose the wrong size of your lanterns. If they're too small, they won't have any effect, and if they're too big they can overcrowd the space. So, according to the style and colour (very important! ) choose the size of the lantern.

3. Placement

Depending on the material your lantern is made of you're going to choose its place. For instance, for the front door you can choose to place the lantern over the door, or on the side. Just make sure you don't place it too high above because you're going to lose the benefit of light. The same goes if you plan to place them on the walls in your backyard patio; make sure you hang them on equal distance from each other for gaining maximum light. For placement at such highly visible spots, you should always choose outdoor lanterns that go well with the overall style of your home; if everything in your house and outside is designed in an elegant manner, choose simple elegant lanterns so they fit in the overall picture.

So when you go shopping for outdoor lanterns, have in mind that you're buying decorations in the first place; be relaxed and enjoy the experience. After all, if you eventually decide you don't like them, or want to try new ones, you can easily replace the existing ones with new.


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