8 ways to decorate with antique lanterns


Antique lanterns are such an elegant addition to a home. Whether they are used indoors or in the garden, they bring a warm glow that makes a space feel welcoming.

1. Pair lanterns at an entryway

 Antique lanterns entryway biot jars boxwood

Make a statement using symmetry with a pair of antique French lanterns either side of an entry porch. Hanging lanterns above over-sized garden pots is a lovely way to illuminate a sculptural garden feature. 

Black framed French doors antique lantern entryway

2. Feature lantern in an entryway

Lantern entryway lobby round table

A spacious entryway calls for a round table for easy circulation - a lantern is the perfect match above a table as it can be suspended a little lower than other lights and highlight a stunning floral arrangement. 

Antique lantern entryway French interior

3. Lanterns along a corridor

Antique Lanterns corridor

A row of lanterns leading down a hallway is a lovely way to create rhythm in a long and narrow space. Whether or not they match is up to individual taste - mismatched lanterns can bring a more rustic touch. 

Antique lantern corridor entryway classic interior design

4. Hang a lantern in a stairwell

Lantern stairwell wrought iron balustrade antique sofa

Pendant lights in stairwells are enjoyed from all levels - below and from above. As antique French lanterns can be enjoyed from all sides, they make the perfect choice for a stairwell. 

Antique lantern stairwell French interior design Musee Rodin Paris

5. Dine under the light of a lantern

Large antique lantern kitchen

A large lantern can easily be the hero of a dining room or kitchen. It can hang lower than other lights and can be used with candles for a moody ambiance. 

Antique French lantern dining room French farmhouse

6. Antique lanterns as decor

Pair of antique french lanterns on a console table

Lanterns look beautiful when displayed on a console or buffet, especially with candles and among other curios. You can enjoy their detail and scale up close and in a different way. 

Antique French lantern living room classic interior

Create a French farmhouse feel with an antique French lantern hanging in a living room. Aged copper lanterns have a lovely sage blue patina which is beautifully accentuated by the choice of paint colour in this country farmhouse. 

7. French lantern in a study

Patina Farm antique lantern study

Brooke Giannetti's study is a well loved and beautifully designed space. Here the softness of the furniture contrasts with the squareness of the antique lantern. 

8. Lanterns in the garden  

French summer kitchen antique lantern French farmhouse

This summer kitchen at La Ferme du Bon Dieu in Provence has a wonderfully relaxed feel. The antique lantern creates a wonderful atmosphere for summer evenings. 

Ralph's Paris French courtyard

At Ralph's in Paris, wrought iron garden chairs accentuate the wall-mounted lanterns that surround this sublime courtyard. 

Discover our collection of Antique French lanterns.

Image credit: La Ferme du Bon Dieu, Pinterest, Veranda Magazine, Giannetti Home, Pam Pierce Interior Design.

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  • Virginia Moon

    We are remodeling a 1935 house that needs stripping away of an earlier remodel to create cleaner, more traditional spaces. Advice is appreciated. Thanks


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