Candle decorating is very different than what you might be used to seeing. The classic Vanilla Bean 3-wick Yankee candle from your grandma’s living room is no more and the days of traditional taper candles and glass jar white-wax versions are long behind us. Modern candle manufacturers are not your typical factory-run operations and, increasingly, the beautiful candles you see adorning the shelves of your friend’s homes have been hand-poured by local artisans. We’ve seen a huge bump in at-home candle makers to be successful, giving them endless time for trial and error perfecting various waxes, scents, and molds which gives us a new flurry of candle decoration ideas to share.
People have really started to gravitate towards organic shapes and curves in their candle preferences, challenging the idea of what a traditional candle looks like. It is not uncommon for modern candles to look more like a sculpture than a candle, sometimes requiring a closer look (or smell) to determine that they are in fact wax. Using candles as decorative art pieces is gaining popularity as well and some of them end up being simply displayed and never burned. This trend is certainly evident in the pages of interior design magazines and blog feeds. There are many ways to go about styling your candles which is why we created this easy guide to our favorite candle decorating ideas and how to achieve the same looks in your own home.
Mix Geometric and Organic Shapes
Shapes are in. Basically, any geometric or organic shape that you can think of has been turned into a funky candle somewhere. Design lovers seem to be drawn to the ability to mix curved and organic lines with the rigid structure of 3D geometry. One easy way to achieve this contrast is using candles and candle holders. Some of them are designed to free-stand, whereas some of them are complemented beautifully by a minimalist holder. In many cases, the stand itself acts as the artistic element in the candle arrangement. Here’s a few examples of the ways shapes are being used in modern candle decoration ideas and displays:
Select Decorative Candle Holders or Stands
Select Unique Candles
With such a wide variety of candle decoration ideas to choose from, it’s beyond boring to buy jar candles that end up blending into the rest of your decor. Try opting for a statement piece candle that stands out as it’s own work of art in your space. Statement candles don’t really need much else around them to complete the aesthetic and this makes them preferred by minimalists everywhere.
A recent trend in candle pouring highlights the beauty of the human body in wax, specifically the female form, and draws inspiration from the colors and curves of the naked body. Realistic wax molds create shapes inspired by the body, revealing an end sculpture that is not unlike a museum statue. Introducing one of these candles to your home offers a chic aesthetic and a fun conversation piece – the choice is yours whether or not to burn it! Check out these handmade body-inspired candles for sale on Etsy:
Some design enthusiasts have embraced the Grecian statue trend to add an ancient decor feature to their modern spaces. As it turns out, authentic stone busts of former philosophers can be quite expensive and obviously impractical. Enter the candle bust. Candle makers are selling much more affordable wax versions that can pass as the actual thing – unless you light them on fire of course. The majority of these candles free-stand (meaning you don’t need to buy a holder for them), this makes them easy to style on your bookshelves, mantles, or side tables as small minimalist pieces.
Shop Art Inspired Candle Jars
Going with a primitive look, wood dough bowl candles are super trendy and hot right now.
You can also add a touch of nature to a wood dough bowl candle by adding some fresh lavender or fruit pieces and spices.
Use wood to display plain tealights. A modern wood box can make a statement or impact on a coffee table or bookshelf.
Candle sand is a new and modern trend. It generally comes in bags with the wicks floating throughout the bag. You can place the candle sand in any decorative dish that you like and then cut the wicks to suit the size.
For scented candle sand, add in a few drops of essential oils into the sand.
Toy DIY Candle Holder
Let your creative side out and make a decorative farmhouse candle holder using kid’s toys, a plate and some spray paint. If cows aren’t your thing, you can always use a plastic kid’s toy that is more to your liking.
This DIY is super easy. All you have to do is arrange three plastic cows and then glue a plate on top and then spray paint the whole thing. Place a candle in a glass vase and put it on top of the plate.
Decorative Tealight Housing
You can get many different types of decorative tealight housing — and in this case, these are literally houses.
Because these houses are white and neutral, they can work for everyday decor but also look great working in amount winter or Christmas decor for a cozy vibe.
Grab a plain white votive candle and let your creativity fly. These ones are painted up for Christmas and winter but you could really paint them in any fashion or style that you like.
Get creative with glass containers
Choose glass containers for the seasons or to match your everyday decor and then make your own candles to go in them. You can melt down candles you already have or start fresh.
Look outside of typical containers, too. This container is actually a drinking glass that was found in the Halloween section at the dollar store. Gold Foil is added to the outside to make it a glam yet creepy piece of Halloween decor.
Go bold and vintage with brass
Brass candlesticks in varying heights and styles can add a vintage charm to any vignette and home decor.
Think of Seasons
Think of seasons when incorporating candles into your home. You can make your own candlesticks and DIY something unique and creative or you can shop from the seasonal section at home decor stores. Either way, switching out candles seasonally will give your home a fresh new look.
Working with traditions of the season, too.
Use Candle Rings and Wreaths
Candle rings and wreaths are available for pretty much every season and also available in everyday greenery. They add a touch of nature and earthiness to the home and can make a showstopping table centerpiece.
Arrange candles of different shapes and styles together on a tray but keeping with the same color scheme.
Add in Nature
Use what mother nature gives us and add some real florals to a plain white pillar candle.
You can also add florals to the tops of a jar candle as well.
Sometimes Simple is Best
You can’t go wrong with simplicity. Sometimes all you need are some white pillars on a plain candle stand. I love the neutral wood stands featured here. It’s simple yet understated beauty.
Now you should be entirely caught up on the candle decoration ideas and trends that are taking over our Pinterest and Insta feeds. Not only that, you can feel confident styling them in your own home to match your personal vibe (whatever that may be). Whether you’re after the sexy-chic lines of the body sculpture candles or the strong angles of the geometric candles, our guide has you set up for success. You can go ahead and start the planning and shopping stages to bring these dreamy candle decorating ideas to life. Browse around local shops and Etsy stores to get the best quality, handmade candles for your home, plus it’s a great way to support small businesses in your area. Use our styling tips to set up your new candle arrangements and be sure to snap a picture and share them with us on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.
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