Ivyline outdoor lanterns can be used to transform your outdoor space

Top five tips on styling outdoor lanterns

The flickering glow of outdoor lanterns brings warmth and ambiance to any outdoor space. The soft light emitted by lanterns creates a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for outdoor gatherings or quiet evenings spent under the stars. Whether hung from a tree branch or placed on a patio or tabletop, outdoor lanterns are a versatile and beautiful addition to any outdoor décor.

"If you're planning your outdoor entertaining gatherings or simply want to create a relaxing space for yourself, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to style your outdoor area."

We’ve pulled together our top five tips on how to style your outdoor lanterns to enhance the beauty of your garden and patio while ensuring a magical ambiance that lasts long after twilight.

1. Choosing the right lanterns

To begin your outdoor lantern styling, opt for lanterns that complement the overall aesthetic of your garden or patio. Consider the other garden accessories that they may sit next to, including garden furniture, firepits, water features and planters. Ensuring your styling pieces harmonize with the existing design elements of your garden and patio will ensure a cohesive and balanced feel to your outdoor space.

For a rustic, country living style, our Grace Tall Lantern make the perfect centrepieces for your dining table or outdoor furniture. 


Its wooden handle is made from FSC certified wood, adding an elegant finish to your cottagecore aesthetic.

2. Placement and positioning

Strategically placing your outdoor lanterns can greatly impact the overall ambiance of your outdoor space. Create a focal point by positioning lanterns near key features like an outdoor seating area, a water feature, or a pathway. A string of lanterns lining a pathway can guide guests to your entertaining space while emanating a romantic and inviting atmosphere. Experiment with different heights and groupings to create visual interest and achieve a harmonious balance.

Nothing adds to an intimate atmosphere on an alfresco evening quite like the sight of candlelight and our Portofino lanterns. Available in two different sizes, pair these lanterns around your patio, decking or seating area.

Cast Iron firebowl set out out on a patio with numerous Ivyline outdoor lanterns scattered around.
Ivyline Portofino Outdoor Lanterns

3. Candles

Lanterns can offer options for both traditional candle-powered and modern LED-powered lighting. 


Candle lanterns exude a soft and flickering glow, evoking a rustic and intimate ambiance. You could even swap out wax candles for citronella to act as a deterrent to those pesky flies and midges! 


Or why not opt for an LED-powered candle to provide a safer and long-lasting alternative, with adjustable light intensities and even colour options for added versatility.

4. Mix and match lanterns and styles

Unleash your creativity by mixing and matching lantern styles to add depth and personality to your outdoor space.

Combine lanterns of varying sizes, shapes, and designs to create a visually captivating display, and achieve a unique and eclectic look that reflects your personal style and enhances the overall appeal of your garden and patio.

For a classic luxe style, opt for our Hampton Tall Lanterns and our Hampton Copper Woven Metal Lantern. Both lantern styles exude elegance and luxury, whilst bringing a restful and intimate environment while you entertain or unwind.

Ivyline Hampton Lanterns styled next to outdoor furniture

5. Enhance your space with natural elements

Integrate natural elements around your Ivyline lanterns to create a harmonious connection between your outdoor space and the surrounding environment. 


Place the lanterns amidst potted plants or floral arrangements to bring the beauty of nature closer. Incorporate stones, shells, or driftwood to add a touch of coastal charm, further enhancing the allure of your outdoor space.

The Venere Lantern makes the perfect companion piece for your outdoor space and can be nestled among your favourite pots and planters. 


Available in two sizes, these lanterns also come with a handy glass inset wind shield to keep that flame alight.

Ivyline Venere Lanterns styled in two sizes next to an outdoor swimming pool.

Outdoor lanterns have the power to transform your garden and patio into a captivating oasis, providing a cozy and magical ambiance for evenings spent outdoors.

By carefully selecting your perfect lantern, experimenting with placement and positioning, mixing styles, and incorporating seasonal accents and natural elements, you can create a captivating and personalized outdoor space that radiates warmth and charm.

So, let your creativity shine and unlock the full potential of your garden and patio with stylishly curated Ivyline outdoor lanterns.