Red lanterns are a happy symbol for Chinese culture. You have probably seen them in restaurants and old Chinese houses. I have also used red lanterns to decorate the exterior of my houses before. They look awesome with lights in them because they emit a red warm glow for your porch or patio.
I went to Molly Woo's Asian Bistro in Polaris, Ohio a few weeks ago. The restaurant is decorated with bunches of red lanterns hanging from a high ceiling. I have never thought using so many red lanterns inside a room, but it turns out to be a stunning design for an Asian bistro.
This will be a very good inspiration for the design of my new house.