Paper lanterns and Chinese lanterns are one of the cheapest and simplest DIY methods to improve the lighting and atmosphere of any space. Whether you add subtle colors to the room or light up a party, wedding or special event, this guide will help you find the best placement and color.
(To find colors that are compatible with your living room, you first need a color wheel or an equivalent color compatibility tool. A simple Google search for “color wheel” will provide you with many useful resources.)
Spice up Simple Rooms
If your room is neutral or bland, the best approach you can do is with an accent with a completely different color. Consider using one end of the color wheel into your current scheme. You will find this will add a strong ‘wow’ factor. For example, a cream or yellow colored room is best opposed by a purple lantern. For the green color scheme, try red. Instead of colliding, opposite colors can often turn your lanterns into the main feature.
Of course, this “wild” approach is not for everyone. Sometimes paper lanterns can be most effective as a delicate decoration. In this case, point to colors that are already highly displayed indoors. Monochrome schemes, for example, are best served with other variations of the same color. Chances are you already have a few shades of blue in your room, making the pale blue lantern or sapphire fit perfectly!
Mother Nature: The Largest Color Consultant in the World
If you struggle to get inspiration, try switching to nature. Step outside, look around and soak in the color and beauty of our environment. Think blue and yellow water and sand; blue and green sky and grass; bright orange and black tiger; even seven natural colors of the rainbow!
Bring Color to the Party
If you are decorating a party or festive event, you are lucky – every rule goes out the window! In this case, you have full creative freedom to choose your favorite color and go wild! This is very effective at children’s birthday parties.
Additional Lantern Decoration Ideas
After you decide on a color, it’s time to experiment!
Try hanging large numbers of small lanterns in groups (ideally in uneven amounts).
Various sizes at different heights will create a more complex and sophisticated appearance.
If you use one color, try mixing it with various sizes, textures, and shapes.
Combine printed lanterns and plain lanterns.
Make a string of straight lanterns that are completely horizontal or vertical.
Don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Even a large lantern in the middle of a room can work wonders!
And remember: paper lanterns are perfect for temporary color changes! Whether you rent or need a one-night party theme, paper lanterns are easy to install and fully recycle. Just fold flat when you’re done for easy storage until you need it next.