6 Types of Candleholders to Create Any Ambiance in Your HomePosted on: February 12, 2018, by : Amy Pecoraro
There are many types of candleholders to help amp up the ambiance in your home, whether you’re going for a warm glow over a Thanksgiving spread or something a bit more romantic for Valentine’s Day (lucky you!). To shed some light on all your options, here’s a rundown of the various types of candles, as well as the places in your home that really help them shine.
1. Traditional taper holders
Simple tapers are likely your go-to, to both provide soft light and promote good conversation at dinner (you can easily see past them to your seatmates).
“Place these candles equidistantly in holders along your table for a sense of balance and calm,” says Carson Yarbrough, home decor expert at Offers.com.
When considering materials for traditional candleholders, heft is best.
“Crystal is a nice choice as is brass, glass, and classic silver,” says Julie Coraccio of Reawaken Your Brilliance. And for safety’s sake, make sure your tapers fit the holder you’re using.
“These skinny candles shouldn’t be wobbly inside the candlestick, so try to shop for tapers and holders at the same place as they’ll likely be made for each other,” adds Yarbrough.
Both experts prefer dripless candles such as beeswax.
This candleholder with multiple arms is an ancient piece that dates to biblical times. Back in the day, candelabras held oil lamps, but today’s modern versions can accommodate wax and LED candles as well as electric bulbs. The chandelier, a close cousin of this holder, is essentially a candelabra suspended from the ceiling.
Their elaborateness makes them tough to incorporate for all but the most dramatic space and occasion, however.
“This accessory can be hard to pull off though, unless you’re Liberace,” notes Amy Bell, owner of Red Chair Home Interiors in Cary, NC. The shape demands space, but it’s usually too tall to talk over as a centerpiece on your dining table. Save it for a sideboard to keep it out of the way.
3. Votive holders
Votives are short, squat candles, usually measuring 2 inches in height—and can be used in any type of small holder, from a glass tumbler to a small jar.
“Simple, reusable glass votive holders can be found for as little as 25 cents at Ikea,” says Bell. White, unscented votives have a burn time of about 10 hours and are also 25 cents each when purchased in multiple packs at a dollar store.
The key to this type of candleholder is to use enough to make an impact. For example, you might snake a row along a mantel, or on glass shelves in a home bar.
4. Tea lights
Tea lights are small (about a half-inch high) and round, and come in their own metal holders.
“These are even less expensive than votives, running about 10 cents each if purchased in bulk from Amazon, but they also have a shorter burn time—usually three or four hours at most,” says Bell.
Tea lights can sit on their own or in votive holders of any variety.
“To set up a romantic dinner, scatter tea lights in colorful containers and make a meandering ‘river’ down a long table,” Bell suggests.
5. Hurricane lamps
So named because the tall sides protect the flame from a gust a wind, hurricane lamps may be rounded, square, plain, or etched glass (though some are ceramic) and work well when used with fat pillars, either wax or LED. Place this holder inside the home on counters, bookcases, end tables, and bar carts, as well as outside on patios and porches.
Hurricane lamps can be endlessly customized by filling the insides to match your style or the time of year.
“This double-duty aspect means you can light a room and also create a scene to suit the season, such as piling them with candy hearts for Valentine’s Day or a little moss and a cute bunny at Easter,” says Jamie Novak of BiteSizeLiving.com.
Other ideas include putting sand and shells around the candle for a beach party, or filling globes with small ornaments, fir boughs, pine cones, and fresh cranberries for Christmas, or candy corn at Halloween.
Lantern-style candleholders can accommodate nearly every style of candle and can be used indoors and outdoors. The covered top makes this holder safer than the others, and the attached handle means you can tote it around for placement on a driveway or front stoop.
Look for quality materials (solid metal, wrought iron) that will withstand the elements. If you can, use the rule of three when arranging holders—it’s more interesting to look at than a pair.
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