I love how the smallest of details can make the biggest differences in the various spaces of your home and set the mood and cheer just right.
Take the colors you paint your rooms. They can all create a mood and impact your world in such a pleasant way.
Give a bedroom a splash of yellow and bring on happiness. Paint a room silver sage for balance, violet-black for mindfulness, or sky blue for renewal, for example.
Candles are another simple and fabulous way to brighten up your life literally and figuratively and set the ambiance just the way you want it.
Keep reading for some of my favorite ideas for decorating with candles, then, get started making your home sparkle with light and the mood and style you love best.
Dining Pillars of Sophistication
Dress up your dinner table just like you dress up yourself with pillars of elegance and sophistication for that soiree or dinner party. By pillars, I mean pillar candles.
They’re tall, sturdy, beautiful, and simple pillars of strength, light, and opulence. They also last long so they’ll stay up with you for wine, dessert, and all that excellent conversation.
They’ll be up and lighting even after you put the kids to bed.
A Pop of Legume Color
What a gorgeous and happy way to decorate with candles and make your room pop in an elegant style!
For each candle, get a tall, wide glass — either a tea or water glass with a stem or a decorative wide glass with a stem. Place a white candle, about half the height of the glass, in the center of the empty glass.
Next, pour your choice of dry legumes around the candle and inside the glass until it goes up about three-quarters of the way up the candle.
Dry split peas give a nice green-yellow embrace to the candle and, per our color chart, bring on the optimism in the room.
Perhaps you’re feeling inspired by the reds of lentils or a maybe a blend of brown and red or layers of reds and greens for the holidays.
Cheery Cranberry Red and Then Some
Another fun way to add a pop of color with your candles is to add cranberries to a glass candle holder. The red adds warmth and spices up any room. This is nice for the holidays and all winter long.
Instead of a glass to hold the candle and surrounding cranberries, I like using a glass lantern candle holder in a darker brushed brassy look.
Place the candle in the center and fill the space with cranberries. Throw in a few green holly leaves for a real holiday ambiance.
Once again, I love using a shorter white or creme-colored wide candle.
The lantern look is nice for both indoors and out, especially when you need something you can easily travel around with.
Tapered Soft Romance
Romantic at heart? Go with long taper candles in simple candleholders that fit your style — whether that be anything from sleek silver modern to quirky ceramic artsy to stunning extravagant crystal.
The soft flicker will give you just enough light to look into each others’ eyes with love.
An off-white or creamy color will look classy, or you can go with something fun and calming like a pop of willow or sage green.
Less Is More With Natural Aromatic Luxury
The simple fragrance of an all-wax premium luxury candle can elevate the ambiance of a room with ease.
Pick your favorite scent and place a few candles sparsely about the room to create the feel you want, whether it’s a breezy fresh aroma, a light citrus, or a warm and cozy vanilla or spicy blend.
You can also mix and match scents if you find a personal blend you love.
As for the look, I love an elegant, simple white or off-white color. The scent speaks louder than color here.
Light Sparkles Bright on the Edge
Have a mantle over your fireplace? Grab a bunch of glasses, line them up side by side and fill them with water. I really like the glasses that are square rather than round for this.
Place one lit, white, floater candle in the water of each glass. Light each candle and let the light show begin with all the flickering of reflections and magnifications off the water and glass.
If you have hardwood floors, you can also place the candles next to each other on the edge of a wall.
You can also place them on the edge of stairs if you have some indoors, particularly those that go up in the center of the room.
The key is to place the candles right next to or almost butted up against each other for a magical wonderland of fairy-like quality.
A Myriad City-Scape of Heights
Imagine your favorite city skyline filled with buildings of all heights adding richness and vibrancy. A table centerpiece can add that same flavor and energy to your room.
Start with a mirror cut in either a square or rectangle to go on the tabletop. A rectangular shape can be like a runner on a dining table, bench table, or classic coffee table.
Grab an assortment of pillars and three-quarter and half-sized candles. They should all be the same color and circumference.
Place on top of the mirror in an organic way with enjoy as the lights flicker between each other and are reflected back and about the room from the glass.
Brighten Up Your Home With Candles
Now that you know our favorite unique and fabulous ways to decorate and set the mood with candles, you’re ready to brighten up your own space. Did any of these ideas jump out at you? Start there and enjoy creating just the right ambiance.
Then, keep perusing our blog for more tips on family, travel, lifestyle, decor, staying healthy, and more, complete with personal experiences to also brighten up your world with new ideas and down-home tidbits.
You might start with the post about buying furniture online or the one about working from home — so you can fully enjoy your new candle ambiance.