Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

By Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.
May 22, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome good luck in the new year. These are usually red, but paper lanterns can be found in many colors, shapes and sizes.

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Paper lanterns are extremely versatile and are a great addition to any home! Plain white, round lanterns are a great neutral accessory. Try adding just one, or you can even add them in clusters for added drama. 

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Or, for a great pop of color, consider adding paper lanterns in bright hues! They’ll really pop against a brightly colored wall as well.

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Another option is to spring for paper lantern-inspired accessories. We love this table lamp that incorporates two small paper lanterns!

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Shop Emmette Contemporary Table Lamp

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Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.