(PRWEB UK) 17 October 2013
Whether you’re having a party or simply want to cheer up your home, Chinese lanterns are ideal. These days they’re available in a wide range of sizes and colours to suit every taste, plus they’re extremely inexpensive so they won’t overstretch your budget.
Specialists in these beautiful lighting options, The Hanging Lantern Company provides the Top Three Tips on how to best decorate your home with them:
1 – Location & Safety
Paper lanterns should ideally be placed indoors or in covered outdoor areas where they will be no danger of getting rained on or a sudden gust disturbing the flame, advises The Hanging Lantern Company. There are silk or plastic lanterns to be had which resist the weather better, but the silk variety will be more pricey and the plastic models will have less traditional charm. The most important consideration about location is the fire hazard – Chinese lanterns should never be strung low enough for children or pets to get at them in case an accidental fire is set in motion.
For full peace of mind, there are now lanterns available with LED lighting instead of using a flame. Be warned however not to use light bulbs over 45 watts in paper lanterns as this will scorch them, and ensure that the lantern is not too small since the bulbs must not touch any part of the paper.
2 – Colour
It’s a good idea to choose Chinese lanterns that either suit a person’s individual tastes and mood, or that match their particular party theme. The traditional colour that Westerners know best is red, which is the colour of celebration and good luck, as well as lending a welcoming hue to any room or garden. On the other hand, blues and greens are harmonious, soothing tones to even out any mood, while yellow and orange encourage sociable cheerfulness and white is associated with purity.
3 – Simplicity
Bear in mind that stylish oriental decorating is always about simplicity. For this reason, The Hanging Lantern Company advises people to string up the lanterns evenly on ceiling hooks so that their charm stands out individually, rather than bunching them together.
Rob Payne, owner of The Hanging Lantern Company, concluded: “Chinese lanterns have been used since early civilisation for the warm and festive illumination they provide. They are also believed to ward off bad luck and symbolise good fortune. In these tricky economic times, people are looking to cut back on expensive luxuries – using our decorating tips, Chinese lanterns can really make a home magical, and without stretching the pocket too far.”