We still love string lights, but outdoor rattan pendant lights are the next big thing.

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With warmer weather finally on the horizon, it’s time to think about how we want to enjoy our outdoor spaces and if there are any updates we’d like to make. One new trend that’s on our radar is using woven pendant lighting to create ambiance without breaking the bank.

Part of the appeal is that rattan shades create a peek-a-boo effect that keeps outdoor lighting from being too stark. Not to mention that warm, diffused light invites conversation by reminding our lizard brains of being around a campfire—or on a vacation.  

“When we can’t go to fancy resorts, soft romantic lighting really gives a garden that feel,” says Kate Anne Gross, of Kate Anne Design + Build, who often uses Etsy woven shades over string lights to create a dramatic effect. (For source, see below.) Ryan Gross, her husband and business partner, adds that rattan pendants can bring depth and layers to an outdoor space. “Even smaller yards—the way we light them—can get a theatrical look,” he says.  

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If you’re sold on the trend, here are some of our favorite rattan pendant lights that you can buy right now. 

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