String Lights & Lit Decor

Lanterns and Lights

When it comes to decorating your outdoor space, you probably treat it the same way as completing your indoor sets and ensembles. After a little light spring (or winter) cleaning, it’s time to shop for some new and comfortable lounge and dining furniture. Once that’s complete, you can concentrate on the decor and ambience. A delightful way to add both decoration and usefulness to your outdoor space is to add lanterns and lights wherever you need a little light to see, or need a touch of decor. There are many types and styles of lanterns and lights you can use to make relaxation and get-togethers a success. From lanterns that hold your favorite flameless or regular candles, to string lights that you can use in both indoor and outdoor settings, Pottery Barn has all you need for outdoor entertaining this season.

If you have a space outdoors that could use a little light and decoration, consider a set of lanterns. Within each lantern, you can add differently sized candles and place them on tables, overhangs or walkways to light up paths or areas at night. For romantic or intimate lighting, lanterns look elegant by your poolside, or placed in corners in a wraparound deck. Choose from different lantern finishes to complement the existing decor in your patio, deck or backyard, such as galvanized metal, bronze or brass. Sets also come with elegant painted finishes, allowing you to coordinate with colors such as white or black. Lantern sets also work particularly well as centerpieces for your outdoor dinner party, placed as the focal point of your outdoor dining table.

If you need just a tad of light but want to add a wealth of charm, opt for a single lantern piece that accentuates your existing theme or ensemble. For a distinct coastal or nautical feel, a clear glass lantern adds an elegant touch. Finished off with rope or twine, these nautically-inspired pieces bring the feel of the beach to your own backyard. Choose a set to place poolside or to simply place on accent tables on your deck or patio for relaxation and charm. Other lanterns may have a blue tint. These work equally well indoors as well as outdoors, as a great complement to your beach-themed master or guest bathroom.

For placement, many of the lanterns give the option of hanging, with included hooks or hangers. These allow you to hang the lanterns outdoors, against a wall for example, to help light areas around your deck, shed or garage. Because of their versatility, the lanterns are also portable enough to place outside on a table or stoop. For outdoor entertaining, you can also purchase lantern stakes separately, allowing you to place them throughout your yard for the convenience of your guests

If you need just a touch of light in your indoor or outdoor space, subtle lighting implements, such as globes, string lights and orbs, are great idea to use, adding both subtle elegance and just the right amount of light. Great for parties or simply to enchant the room you’re relaxing in, look for beaded, hanging orbs or solid glass ones to place in your formal dining room, living space or even in the bedroom. Standing burst lights are also an exceptional idea for entertaining indoors and out, enlivening the table for that special celebration. For outdoor events that need a little bit of zip, consider indoor/outdoor string lights to bring a joyful vibe to the event. Look for globe-shaped string lights, or light-bulb shapes, to add both the right amount of light and a conversation piece. Hanging orb string lights with a melded twig look also add a bit of rustic charm to outdoor barbecues, backyard weddings and simple get-togethers.