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Light up Your Life: Indoor Lanterns

Electric lighting is all very well, but rarely can it create the same sort of atmosphere as a simple candle in a lantern. Lanterns have also become popular as people go for more rustic home decor schemes, or in bathrooms where nautical is a popular look. Bearing that in mind, we’ve had a stroll around our favourite online shops and come up with our five favourite indoor lanterns.

Large Fusion Bamboo Globe Lantern

Large Bamboo Globe Lantern – £40 (was £80), Fusion

Looking for a large statement piece for your indoor or outdoor entertainment space? This bamboo lantern could be just the thing for you – its 54cm-high frame will provide your room with a great focal point and, when lit, will emit a warm and soft glow. This giant piece is currently available at half its original price but is selling out fast, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on this one.

2 Piece Lighthouse Lantern Set by Home Etc

Two-piece Lighthouse Lantern Set – £51.99 (was £54.61), Home Etc

Two for the price of one, this time – this sturdy pair of lighthouse lanterns is made from iron, given a lacquered grey finish. Both pieces are quite sizeable – the larger lighthouse is 54cm high and its more diminutive sidekick is 36cm high – and candles can be inserted at the base and the middle ‘viewing’ area as well as in the more traditional top section. They can be displayed either freestanding or hung from the hooks.

Linea Medium Metal Lantern

Medium Metal Lantern – £40, Linea

Exclusively designed for House of Fraser, this decorative lantern is a simple, quality piece that will elevate any interior design scheme thanks to its sleek lines. A shapely glass midsection, in the shape of an inverted bulb, sits on top of a chrome base. On top rests a matching chrome lid, attached to which you’ll find a leather looped handle, meaning that this 34cm-high piece can be hung as well as positioned as a freestanding piece.

ELVA metal lantern in black

Black Elva Metal Lantern – £57.49, Maisons du Monde

A slight departure from the nautical feel of many of our other choices, this Elva metal lantern  has a squared structure with horizontal openwork along its sides and is finished in black, though a white version is also available. Inside, you’ll find a candle-holding glass container. An impressive 61cm high, this lantern can be used both indoors or outside and it has a handle at the top that means you can transport it with ease.

Wilko Rope Lantern

Glass and Rope Lantern – £10, Wilko

We end with a real bargain – every bit as functional and aesthetically pleasing as many more expensive versions, this rustic lantern from Wilko comprises a large glass base encircled by rope. Around the neck of the lantern, the pins of a thick chrome band are attached to a thicker piece of rope that mean you can hang the lantern if you choose. Perfect for brightening up a bathroom, this simple piece can be yours for just a tenner!

Smart Screens: The Best Room Dividers

As our cities get larger, space is at a premium and more and more people are sharing smaller and smaller living spaces…so there’s never been a better time for the room divider to make a comeback! A great way to break a room up into two smaller ones and create a bit of privacy when sharing a space, they can actually be stylish pieces of furniture in their own right – as we demonstrate today, by sharing our five favourite currently-available room dividers.

Tom Raffield Gwelsen Screen

Gwelsen Solid Oak Screen – £1,695, Tom Raffield

We start with a stunning handmade designer piece, produced by Tom Raffield in his Cornish woodland workshop. The Gwelsen screen consists of steam-bent, twisted strips of wood which, together, create a complex arrangement of vertical opposing spirals which provides glimpses of the other side of the room. A matt finish is created by a blend of natural oils, and this piece has been created with sustainable materials using ecologically-sound practices.
Arthouse Cottage Garden Room Divider Screen

Cottage Garden Room Divider Screen – £89.99, Arthouse

Add a light, airy and ethereal touch to your living space and bring a bit of the outdoors inside with this Cottage Garden room divider by Arthouse. Butterflies, flowers and foliage cover the four hinged sections of this piece, which can be extended or compressed as you like (to a maximum width of 160cm). It’s part of a series of room dividers by Arthouse, which include prints of exotic birds, ornate patterns and even bare brickwork!

Pearl White Room Divider Bookcase

Pearl White Room Divider Bookcase – £149.99, Danish Pine

If you expect a bit more functionality from your screen, then this white room divider bookcase from Danish Pine might be the one for you. A basic but striking structure with a scratch-resistant Pearl White melamine finish, it provides the perfect space for you to store books or ornaments. If you like the shape but not the colour then it’s also available in Sonama Pine – a wood-effect melamine.

Karalis Room Dividers

Karalis Room Divider – £57 (per panel), B&Q

In the old days, those seeking to divide rooms would just hammer MDF everywhere and hope for the best. Now, a super-stylish semi-permanent room divide can be easily created thanks to this Karalis room divider. It’s supplied in single panels in unfinished (ready-to-paint) condition, each of which has an adjustable height (up to 245cm high) with adjustable feet and four non-slip pads. Simply add more panels to create the perfect living space.

27.2cm x 27.2cm Stixx Room Divider Set by Koziol

Stixx Room Divider Set – £19.99 (was £24.98), Koziol

If you want even more flexibility than long panels provide, Stixx, a modular partition, could be the answer. Designed by Frenchman René Barba to create flexible and airy interior spaces, the system consists of individual modules that are arrange to create a diamond-cut, light-reflecting look. Each pack consists of four pieces and hook connectors to join them all together. It doesn’t create perfect privacy, but would be great in an office space.