For many centuries, candles have been used as a decorative element when it comes to home interiors and it certainly still hasn’t lost its touch even up to date. It's not just pretty to look at, it's a mood-setter, it makes the space feel warm and cozy, and it can make the room smell fresh and fragrant as it gives off the scent of your choice. Candles can be therapeutic, too! Some people even use it as a means to unwind after a long and stressful day and to cleanse their aura as well as the energy in their surroundings.
What types of candles do you need for your home decor and where do you get them? As for the type of candles you need, it depends on your needs. You will need to know what kind of candle setting you’re putting together which will depend on your space and home's initial decorative theme.
If you're looking for ways to improve your home’s interior decor by using candles then you came to the right place. Here are 8 ways to use candles to enhance your home’s interior design.
The most common way to use candles when it comes to decorating your interior is by using them as a centerpiece for either your coffee table or your dining table.
On the coffee table, you can choose between pillar candles of various colors or varying heights, candles in decorative tins or containers to match your pillows and sofa, or you can choose smaller candles in different shapes like squares, spheres, and stars to give your space more character. Here’s an idea, place a candle on your vanity tray and complete the look with fresh flowers. You can also choose scented candles to bring something extra to your space.
Candles as centerpieces for your dining table are not just for aesthetics, they're also functional. Centerpiece candles are warm and welcoming, and they provide wonderful lighting for dinners. It’s easy to arrange and you can always change it up by rearranging them or mixing them in with other decorative elements such as flowers and crystals. You can also place pebbles in a glass filled with water and add in some floating candles. A candle centerpiece will last for many meals in your home.
By the window
Do you love spending some time by the window? Maybe you like reading books or maybe you just like looking out the window as you watch people walking by and life happening right in front of you. Or better yet, do you have an amazing view of nature and you just can’t stay away from your window space?
Well, your windows don’t have to be lonely, you can spruce them up by hanging a DIY-candle wreath to brighten up your favorite window spot, or you can also arrange small glass candles near a window. You can even pair your candles with succulents and combine the natural energy of your succulents with the aesthetic and functional element of the candle.
On the Porch
If you’re the type of person who loves relaxing outside, then a candle arrangement on the porch is the right fit for you. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching the stars at night with a cup of tea and some mood lights courtesy of your candle arrangement —more so during winter time too!
Have you heard of ice candles? It’s a fun and creative way to decorate your porch! You can even have the kids help out. The first thing to do is make ice cups or buckets. A nice trick would be to fill a cup or bucket with water, place a container on top, and leave it overnight to freeze. You can also use icicles or shapes made of snow to create ice candles. Arrange your ice bucket the way you like it, invert it and put a small candle inside. You can also just arrange your icicles and candles on the porch and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the flickering effect of your candles around the ice.
Firefly lights have become a trend over the years but did you know that before that, people used candles? There are two ways to do this, DIY or store bought. You can upcycle your old wine bottles and turn it into a hanging candle lantern, or get a few hanging round bubble tea light candle holders and arrange them in your corner of choice. You can also find other decorative hanging candle holders in the market and choose depending on your home’s interior. This idea isn’t just for indoors, you can also use the same idea for your outdoor space!
In your Reading Nook!
Here’s a little something for the book lovers and avid readers out there! You can amplify the experience of getting lost in the pages of your favorite books by having a lovely display of candles and other decorative or edible elements in your reading nook.
Decide on what type of candle you want to use for your space. Container candles and pillar candles can both work but it depends on where you’re placing your candle setup. Once you’ve decided on the candle of choice, you can take a few small bowls and fill it up with pebbles and roses or maybe chocolates and fruits, depending on what you prefer when you read. We advise against mixing both edible and decorative bowls as we wouldn’t want you to mistakenly pick up rose petals thinking it was chips while you’re so engulfed with reading – yikes!
In the Bathroom
Another common way to use candles for your home interior is by using it in your bathroom. It’s another way to make the most out of your candles as it’s not just going to be a decorative piece in this room, it’s also going to be functional.
There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a bubble bath with a few candles lit around your tub to make it feel cozy and warm. You can also choose scented candles for a bit of aromatherapy, and maybe a glass of wine after a hard day out.
Here’s a tip: Match the colors of your candle to the decor of your bathroom and towels to give it a cohesive and spa-like vibe.
Bedroom or Bedside
Candles and bedrooms have something in common. They are not only meant for relaxation, they’re also made for romance and passion. Of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is where candles give off the coziest vibe. You can place one on a bedside table and light it up as you relax after a long day, or create a romantic mood for you and your partner as you prepare for a special night.
Another idea is to place some candles on a dresser and create a little display. You can get a mirrored tray or a decorative mirror to give dimension to your dresser display. The mirror becomes a place to arrange your candles, store your jewelry, perfumes and lotions. You can even throw in some decorative stones and crystals if you’re into those and use the candles to recharge the energy of your stones.
Create an inexpensive focal point in your home by creating a candle fireplace in your home. Not everyone can have a fireplace and if you do, you don’t always have an excuse to light a fire. There’s a way to utilize your fireplace on non-winter nights and you can even just create a faux fireplace with the use of candles.
If you have a fireplace, then this is quick and easy. You can use the space where your fireplace is. If you don’t, then you’ll need to get creative with dining something to serve as your faux fireplace like a wooden frame.
The key to pulling off a faux fireplace is to use A LOT of pillar candles of varying sizes. Estimate the number of candles you think you might need and then double it. You’ll need varying sizes, height, and shades of white candles to add depth to your fireplace. You can make use of candle holders, bases, or even glassware for styling. Once you’re satisfied with your arrangement and ready to sit back and relax, light up your candles and enjoy the “vignette” glow of your faux fireplace.
Candles add charm and warmth to any space you add it to but don’t forget to check your candles if you’re going to let them burn in your selected spaces. Make sure that you keep it away from highly flammable materials and decorative elements such as drapes and dried plants.
Now that you have a few ideas on how to use candles for your home interior, it’s time to stock up on your favorite candles and redecorate your home!