Summer is on the horizon, the days are getting longer, and your outdoor space is in need of some TLC.

But while you may be focusing on sprucing the grass and pruning the petunias, don’t overlook the most essential of garden accessories: outdoor lanterns.



From small balconies in city centres to far-stretching countryside lawns, any type of outdoor space will benefit from the addition of a few carefully-placed lanterns.

If you’re entertaining, lanterns are a great way to add a warm, laid back atmosphere. They also add a cool bohemian vibe, which injects some personality to a space, particularly if your garden is perfectly neat and tidy.

And if your balcony, terrace or veranda is on the small side, strategically suspend a few lanterns (mix and match sizes and styles for boho chic) above your outdoor dining set or plants. This adds height and draws the eye up – rather than across – making the space seem bigger.

From bright orange enamel lanterns to vintage-style bamboo candle holders, simply add votive, pillar or tealight candles to create an on-trend, chilled-out atmosphere to entertain friends and family.

Earthy, natural materials are having a serious interiors moment right now, so this woven bamboo lantern is ideal for creating an on-trend terrace.

Pair with rattan garden furniture, patchwork floor cushions and heaps of plants for a wonderfully bohemian chill-out zone. If it’s too big to hang, simply position next to your garden chairs or table.

The geometric pattern on this metal candle lantern will allow the light to shine through the shapes, creating a pretty warm glow in its surrounding area.

Buy a couple – and a few smaller styles, to showcase different heights – and use as the only light source for relaxed evening drinks in the summer.

If you’re looking for a more industrial look to your outdoor area – rather than the boho one that rattan and bamboo lend themselves to – then look to this solar lantern.

The pewter effect makes it more heavy duty; pair with concrete accents and dark wooden furniture. The cut-out metal work will cast a beautiful shadow when ‘lit’.

Pyramid lanterns were a big hit on the interiors scene last year, and the trend isn’t going anywhere for summer 2019.

Ideal to use with pillar candles, these are really striking when paired with different pyramid lanterns of different shapes and sizes. Hang some from roofs, pillars or trees, use others to decorate the garden table and scatter others at floor level to create light at different heights.

Sometimes you can’t go wrong with a standard candle holder with a handle - easy to hang off of any available surface and the black hexagonal detailing is easily matched to existing garden decor.

Use an outdoor light source for summer BBQs and get-togethers with friends, and when autumn and winter approach, bring inside to help create a minimalistic, Scandi-chic living space.

While these dainty lanterns - available in black or white - are on the smaller side, they are ideal for cosier outdoor spaces.

If you have an urban balcony or a small terrace area, tea light lanterns like these can help make the space feel much more homely and inviting. We particularly love the star-shaped cut outs on these, which create pretty light effects across nearby surfaces.

There’s something about ribbed glass that reflects light from a candle beautifully, and these White Company hanging lanterns are no exception.

They’re hung by a fine silver wire, which makes the light look natural and star-like when suspended, but we envisage a few of these down the centre of an al fresh dining table, or to light a garden path.

Ideal if you’re looking to invest in a selection of lanterns to illuminate an outdoor table or seating area, these lustred lanterns are made from glass with an iridescent finish.

This means that the warm glow from a tea light or small votive candle will reflect different colours, creating a stunning centrepiece to decorate outdoor or indoor dining areas.

While most outdoor lanterns tend to come in black, white or dark grey metals, or brown natural materials, we think you can’t go wrong with using lanterns to inject a bit of colour and character into a garden.

And this bright, gorgeous tangerine colour is perfect for summer, too. Why not use it to light up your outdoor seating area, and buy some sunny yellow or citrusy orange cushions or napkins to match?

Also ideal if you’re looking to inject a bit of colour to your outdoor space, this bamboo candle lantern is woven with a eye-catching ombre design. We love the delicate pastel pink colour, but it’s also available in a white ombre, too.

Mix and match the different colours and hang at different heights from poles or railings on a small balcony, to liven up the space.

While metal lanterns are more traditional and enamelled or glass designs allow for a splash of colour, the vintage-style bohemian look of woven bamboo is the one we’ll be emulating in our gardens this summer. It may be on the pricier side, but the Woven Bamboo and Glass Lantern from Maisons du Monde is the most unique we’ve seen.

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