Our infatuation with paper lanterns dates perhaps to childhood, but recently it's taken on a more grown-up guise. Of late, we've admired the tea-colored rice-paper globes in a London artist's loft by Dingle Price Architects, and, now, the party-store paper lanterns in the palest brown at Nest Cafe in Berlin. These two cases alone have left us thinking that when it comes to overhead decorations, neutral may be the new white.
Above: At Nest Cafe in Berlin, decorative accordion paper lanterns hang from stretches of wire. Photograph via Colour Me Blind.
Above: The similar but smaller Party Lantern in ivory measures 10 inches in diameter and costs $9.99 for a dozen at Oriental Trading.
Above: Designed by Berlin-based studio Hettler.Tullman, the Peel Pendant Light is made from oak veneer with a reddish-orange interior; $199 from CB2.
Above: The 12-inch Traditional Chinese Paper Lantern in chocolate softens light to a low glow. Made of rice paper with wire framing, it's $3.99 (light bulb and wiring not included) through Weddings and Events Elegantly Designed.
Ready for more paper light ideas? See fashion designer Vanessa Bruno's Stacked Paper Lanterns and Five Favorites: Paper Lantern DIYS. In our book nothing holds candle to Ikari rice paper lanterns designed by Isamu Noguchi and still handmade by the original manufacturer in Japan: see 5 Quick Fixes: Oversize Noguchi Lanterns.