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Lighting plays a huge part in the overall look and feel of any home and is obviously a large part of any staging efforts when a Waterloo Region home is for sale. Creating a layered lighting scheme is the best way to go, according to many interior designers and home staging experts. To do so effectively calls for a number of different lighting types and increasingly people are looking to the past – and candle lanterns – to help them achieve that.
Today’s decorating includes lanterns as a part of modern-day décor while in years gone by people had no choice! There are so many great uses you can put lanterns to in and around your home and so many different style and function choices available that the possibilities are almost endless. Here are just a few ideas:
Light the Way Home
The entrance to your home needs to be lit after dark if for no other reason than safety and security. That does not have to mean that you cannot be a little creative with your illuminations though.
If you have steps or a staircase leading up to your front door placing lanterns at the side can add a beautiful welcoming touch as well as visual charm.
If you are lighting the way for a special occasion (a dinner party perhaps) you can opt for simple candles lanterns. If on the other hand, you are looking for something to be used on a regular basis an LED or solar lantern might be a better choice.
Adding Light to a Dark Hallway
Many homes have a hallway that tends to be perfectly well lit during the day but can get a little dim at night, even with a central light fitting. Placing them on a small table or even on a wall shelf you can use lanterns to illuminate those darker corners where the central light does not quite reach and add a little extra visual interest to impress first-time visitors to your home!
Think Outside the Box
Lanterns are so versatile that they can be used in some very creative ways with a little imagination.
For example, this dining table is illuminated by lanterns strung (securely) from a simple old ladder affixed to the ceiling. The effect is so striking and elegant and yet unusual that guests are bound to be fascinated. You can achieve a similar look in your kitchen by illuminating a kitchen island this way.
Lanterns are also wonderful when paired together in groups to create a visual display – in a bare bay windowsill perhaps – to create a home decor look that is both stunning to behold and serves a practical purpose when needed as well.
These are just a few ideas, we are sure that you can think of many more once you begin!