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Lanterns can be found in almost every household, because they are very versatile. They can also be used decoratively and embellish your home, for example on the table or in front of the front door. Each lantern is unique, just like the material it is made of.

In this article, we have compared different models and worked out the most important options. With this, we want to make your purchase decision easier, because the choice is huge. With this guide, you will find the right lantern for your style and taste.


  • With lanterns, you can put all kinds of things in the limelight. They are a real eye-catcher for both you and your guests.
  • Lanterns create a particularly beautiful play of light. The flames are enclosed by the glass or metal, which creates beautiful reflections.
  • You can choose the material and colour to suit your personal taste.

The Best Lantern: Our Picks

We all love our homes, don't we? And if you love your home, you want to decorate it as beautifully as possible and use the right products to do so. If I have just described you correctly, then this article is just right for you. There is a wide range of lanterns to choose from. In the following, we would like to present our favourites to make your choice easier.

Buying and evaluation criteria for lanterns

In order to choose the right lantern, the following criteria should help you in your decision:

The range of lanterns is large, but with the right buying and evaluation criteria, everyone can find the right lantern for their taste and interior style.

Colour / Design

The colours result from the materials. Glass is transparent, metal silver and wood brown. Each lantern can have a different style. So every design is possible. Possible colours for lanterns would be for example: Silver, gold, white, black, grey, brown, turquoise, pink, rose gold or a variation of different patterns.


With a wide range of shapes, you can find the lantern that suits your style and taste. The most common shapes are: oval, rectangular, square, oblong or round.


The material section is self-explanatory. Here we list the most common materials used to make lanterns:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Metal
  • Zinc
  • Porcelain
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Bamboo
  • Bronze
  • Marble
  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Concrete


Lanterns can be bought according to your own taste. You can also decorate them with other elements. In this way, you can individually design and enhance your lanterns. There are lanterns in plain colours or with flowers, candles, with a stand, to hang up, for indoors or outdoors.

You can personalise lanterns with photos and thus also give them as gifts. In general, the scope for decorating is very large. You can customise your own lantern for any occasion.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about lanterns answered in detail

In the following, important questions will be clarified and answered so that you get a better insight into the topic. We hope that the first question marks in your head will disappear. So let's get started.

How do you decorate lanterns?

Here are some lovely ideas on how to decorate lanterns and why I think they are so important to have in our home: Lanterns bring beauty and cosiness to a room. They are a fabulous way to add ambient light to a room. The flickering candlelight reflecting off the glass is so relaxing after a busy day at work.


Wind lights fill any room with warmth and make a perfect accessory on any set dining table. Different shapes or patterns set the stage for a beautiful play of light. ( Source: 123rf/ Sabina Aghova)

Lanterns can make a drab room feel more homely and a large space seem less bare. They are great for parties and great gift ideas. Lanterns filled with candles, flowers and seasonal gifts add texture, colour and warmth to a drab corner, mantelpiece or bookshelf. Lanterns are a great addition to your decor.

How much does a lantern cost?

Depending on the material, size and workmanship, the prices of lanterns vary. Here is a small overview for you:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (10 - 30 €) small diameter, simple design, simple material
Medium-priced (30 - 80 €) medium diameter, more elaborate production, more expensive material
High-priced (80 € and more) noble material, large bowls, high-quality designs, well-known brand

How can lanterns be used indoors and outdoors?

You can use lanterns indoors and outdoors. However, make sure that the outdoor lantern is weatherproof so that it does not rot or rust. Lanterns add amazing charm to the façade of a house (they are a great idea for staging a house when there is a celebration, for example). Lanterns can be hung from hooks, ball chains or ropes.

They can be placed on a table, in a tray, on a mantelpiece, a bookshelf or on a staircase or floor - they look great anywhere. Because there are so many places to put them, automatically the decoration in the house is constantly changing.


When it comes to home decoration, everyone's taste is different. But there is one thing we can all agree on - lanterns are a must-have for the living area.

Many people also buy them to give as gifts to their loved ones. Lanterns are the perfect accessory and give the living area that certain something extra. Thanks to the wide variety of shapes and colours, everyone can find a lantern that suits their taste.

(Cover picture: 123rf/ Choreographer)