A good candle holder will complement your home decor and provide an interesting focal point, even if you don't actually have your candles lit. Whether you want to add a splash of color, a hint of originality or a romantic luster, candle holders go far beyond simply displaying a naked flame.
Candle holders are also an inexpensive and highly effective way to personalize your home interior design.To help you choose the best models to match your style, let's take a look at some top design tips for decorating your home with candle holders.
Which Candle Holder is Best for Your Candle?
Different candle holders are designed to fit different types of candle.
To help you to match your candles to a fantastic new holder, here's some of the most popular candle sizes and which style holder you should look out for to show them off at their best.
Tealights - Tealights are small shallow candles that typically come with their own protective metal or plastic tray. They have a short burn time of 3-5 hours, with a 1.5 inch diameter and a 0.75-1 inch height. Team them with small tealight candle holders or votive ones. As long as the holder isn't too large to show off the light from the flame, tealight candles can be used with almost all small candle holders. They look especially good in small colored glass holders, as well as in mix and match sets.
Votive candles - With a 1-2 inch diameter, votive candles are very similar to tealights, but they are quite a bit taller - around 2-3 inches. This gives them a longer burn time of approximately 10 hours. Most votive candles can be used in tealight holders and vice versa, which gives you greater flexibility. If you are creating candle clusters, you'll want to have at least a couple of votive or tealight candle holders in your selection.
Pillar candles - With a long burn time of 50-60 hours, pillar candles are fairly substantial measuring approximately 2-4 inches in diameter and anywhere between 3-9 inches tall. The best candle holders to show off your pillar candles include lantern styles, in particular hurricane models, large spiked candlestick holders and glass wall sconces. These models mimic the proportions of the pillar candle and display it perfectly whether lit or not.
Taper candles - The quintessential classic dinner candle, taper candles are as their name suggests, tapered. Long, around 6-18 inches tall with a base between 0.5-3 inches that gradually thins out towards the wick, they tend to burn for around 10 hours. Taper candles cannot stand alone, they need to be placed in a suitable holder before lighting. The best candle holders for taper candles are both traditional and modern candlestick sets and candelabras. These holders best emphasize the long, elegant form of your taper candles.
How to Choose the Best Candle Holder for Your Home Decor?
Looking for the perfect candle holder to complement your home decor? Look no further. Here's our guide to choosing the very best models for your look.
For a modern look, we recommend looking for candle holders with clean lines and simple forms. Candlestick sets made from glass and iron work great with a contemporary, industrial look, whereas dark glass candle holders work well with a sleek, modern style.
You could also try out a very simple, oversized candle holder or one with asymmetrical form or crafted from an unusual material, such as concrete or copper pipes. One large candlestick holder in a bright accent color tends to work well in modern settings as a centerpiece, or you could put together a matching set of three in various different heights.