Decorating With Candles

Candles are delightfully romantic, and they’re also practical items to incorporate into your home decor. If you live in an region that’s prone to snowstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, or rolling blackouts, you’ll be much less inconvenienced by these incidents if your home has candles in place and ready to light when the power goes out.

If you’re interested in decorating with candles, we hope you’ll be inspired by the following suggestions and ideas:

Group Multiple Candles on a Tray

Group candles together on a beautiful tray or board. Photo courtesy of Karly Jones @earthtokarly at Unsplash.com.
Group candles together on a beautiful tray or board. Photo courtesy of Karly Jones @earthtokarly at Unsplash.com.

There are bunches of good reasons you might want to collect your candles onto a tray or board. For starters, they look super pretty that way. The tray can contain drips, protecting your furniture from stray dribbles of wax. Also, it’s easier to move your candles around if they’re all grouped together on a tray.

Collect Candles of Varying Heights and Widths Together

Photo courtesy of Group candles of varying thicknesses and heights together. In this particular design, there are also unifying elements, including the wooden candle holders and the fact that all the candles are the same color.  Photo courtesy of Swabdesign_official - @swabdesign at Unsplash.com.
Photo courtesy of Group candles of varying thicknesses and heights together. In this particular design, there are also unifying elements, including the wooden candle holders and the fact that all the candles are the same color. Photo courtesy of Swabdesign_official – @swabdesign at Unsplash.com.

When it comes to candle placement, an asymmetrical arrangement can add drama and visual interest to your space.

Try Using One Candle Per Place Setting

Candles lend additional elegance to this pretty table setting. Photo courtesy of Kelly Jean @kellyjean at Unsplash.com.
Candles lend additional elegance to this pretty table setting. Photo courtesy of Kelly Jean
@kellyjean at Unsplash.com.

In situations where your table centerpiece doesn’t incorporate a candle into the design, you may wish to allocate one candle per place setting at the table. Tall taper candles like the ones pictured here give an elegant and formal look. If you’d like to go a little more casual, you could use small votives or tea lights instead.

DIY Candles

Have you ever given any thought to making your own candles that precisely complement your decorating style and scent preferences? If this idea is of interest to you, the following books could help you learn how to make your own candles:


Candle Making Basics book by Eric Ebeling, published by Stackpole Books
Candle Making Basics book by Eric Ebeling, published by Stackpole Books

These are some of our best tips and suggestions for decorating with candles. We hope you found these ideas helpful, interesting and inspiring. Happy decorating!


This page was last updated on 8-29-2019.

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