Lantern Pendant Lighting

Noodle around in search of historical facts about obscure decorative art history as we often do, and you’ll learn how people lived centuries ago. Take chandeliers, for example. Did you know that the earliest chandeliers were found in medieval castles? Yes, that would be the 15th century. The chandeliers would have been constructed of a simple wood cross, with nails punctured through it to stick any number of candles, all suspended from the ceiling by a rope or a chain. Back then, this required many servants standing by to keep re-lighting and replacing candles. We bring up this brief history as a way of noting that today’s trends are often rooted in the past. In this case, we’ve noticed the conventional chandelier shape, i.e. the electrified chandelier with arms suspended from the center, is not as popular as it once was. Many of today’s chicest interiors are adorning their ceilings with lantern style pendant lighting. And we love the way it looks. Don’t you?What’s great about lantern lighting is that you can literally put them in any room of your house. They look just as at home in the foyer as they do in the bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room or patio. The right pendant lantern can add architectural character to the room. Rather than being a fussy focal point, the pendants, with their classical lines, add refinement to a room.This one, below, designed by Suzanne Kasler is a particular favorite of ours at the moment. You can select from a variety of finishes.Scale and proportion are very important whenever you select ceiling fixtures. When it comes to pendant lighting, choosing the larger rather than the smaller version is usually best.There are many pendant fixtures available at a variety of price points. Choose the one you like best, hang it in your space, and see how dramatically different your room will look. We’re planning on using them wherever and whenever we can.
Here are a few of our favorites at a variety of price points:

1. Delaney pendant at Ballard Designs ($299) 2. Corfu by Currey & Company ($520) 3. Chart House gothic lantern at Visual Comfort ($1,364) 4. Loggia lantern at Layla Grayce ($2,306) 5. Carousel lantern at Layla Grayce ($652) 6. Iron pendant lantern at Wisteria ($479).  Do you have a favorite lantern at a great price point? Please share!

  • Linsey @ LLH Designs

    I love a good lantern inside…even if it’s one meant for outdoors. One of my current faves is the Stockholm pendant from Restoration Hardware. Pinned it here:

  • Karen

    Actually, 15th century chandeliers were quite pretty. There were some that were fairly basic wooden pieces like the one you’ve described, but there were also amazingly elaborate brass chandeliers by then, too. Check out – scroll down to the bottom of the page for the chandeliers.

    Before the 15th century chandeliers, there are also a few different styles of oil lamps that could be hung from the ceiling. There’s a style from early medieval Byzantium called a “polycandelon,” which is sort of like a chandelier, but it holds oil lamps instead of candles; see for an example from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    (And also, by the 15th century, you start getting the lusterweibchen, which are just WEIRD. See for some of these outlandish chandeliers.) 🙂

  • sylvia

    you can get pottery barn and ballard design looking lanterns on!

  • Cheryl

    where can I find the first lantern on the left from Elle decor interiors