Nothing creates ambience like the warm glow of candles. In addition to adding light and color, scented candles fill the room with a pleasing aroma as they burn. Today’s flameless options mean you can set your space aglow without any safety risks. Here’s how to choose candles for any room in your home.
Candle Styles and Shapes
Choose a shape and style based on where you’re placing the candles, as well as the candle holders you prefer.
● Pillar Candles. These candles have a flat base and vary in width and height. You can place them directly on surfaces or on flat candle holders. They work well on mantles or dressers.
● Taper Candles. These long, thin candles add instant romance and are perfect for most traditional candlestick holders. Use them as centerpieces on a dining table. Choose from a variety of colors to match the room.
● Votives Candles and Tea Lights. These small candles work well in clusters. Or scatter them on shelves and vanities to dot the room with light.
● Candle Jars. These work well in high-trafficked areas, like on coffee tables, as the flame is not out in the open. Made with a softer wax, like beeswax, their low melting point means they must be lit in a jar or container.
● Floating Candles. Create the illusion of fire dancing on water. A grouping of floating tea light candles in a vase or pool can create a stunning visual display.
Choose a candle with multiple wicks—it will burn brighter than standard versions, so it’s useful for emergencies such as power outages.
Flameless candles provide light and ambience with flickering LED lights. They’re a good alternative to traditional wicked candles when safety is a concern. What’s more, you can use them as part of a decorative display for hours on end without worrying they’ll go out. Place brass-plated electric candles in your windows during the holidays.