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Candles are so underrated when it comes to home decor. Sadly, in this part of the world, candles are mostly used when the power goes off at night, in churches when praying, or for ritualistic purposes.

Yes, when the lights go out, they create light but that is not all they can be used for. If you get the right ones, they can smell like heaven and create the perfect lighting and ambience. They also create romance and a relaxing ethos.

No matter where you decide to use candles, they’ll create a warmer, more welcoming environment not only for guests, but for yourself too.

Cluster them, use a variety of heights, use a variety of scents, use scented or unscented and get some stylish candleholders and get busy decorating every room of your house with candles.

However, there are some important things you must note before venturing into candle-décor.

Safety comes first. Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them on a heat resistant surface, away from any fabrics. If you have children or young ones, best to keep the candles away from their reach.

If you decide to decorate your home with scented candles, mix and match aromas that go well together.

For example, cinnamon and apple, so the smell isn’t overpowering.

Also, make sure not to light up scented candles during meal times. Candles are ideal to decorate coffee tables. Mix and match with hardcover books, little flower pots and voila, you’ve got yourself the perfect coffee table.

Another idea to decorate your home with candles is to create a dining table centerpiece. Mix and match different candelabras and candlestick holders for an eclectic decor touch. Get creative with the candleholders.

If you have old glass cups that are heat resistant, fill them up with tea light candles to create new candleholders for your home decoration.

Here are ways you can use candles in different areas in your home.

The Kitchen

Sprinkle around the room to create a romantic dinner, use colours and shapes to match your kitchen’s contemporary or vintage design, use them in a centerpiece on your dinner table or maybe even have a light fixture made from some creamy wax.

The Bathroom

Cluster them in the corner and keep your bathroom fresh. Use bright colours to add a bit of style to a monochromatic bathroom, or match them to the walls, relax in the tub with a candle burning near and keep things cozy in your home.

The Bedroom

The ultimate romantic (and sometimes sexy) touch, candles are the coziest in bedrooms. Light them on a side table, windowsill, or beautiful sconces to create a warm, nightly glow.

They add a bit of whimsy and old-age appeal to even the most contemporary and modern rooms. Be careful, however, that they are not beside anything that could easily ignite.

The Living Room

During a movie, on the wall, as a light fixture or on every side and coffee table around, candles create warmth, which is great for family get-togethers.

Hide them in holders or keep them bare and organic depending on your space’s style. And sometimes something as simple as a candlelit fireplace works wonders for design.

The Entrance

And for the ultimate welcome, invite your guests inside with a candlelit hello. A refreshing scent and a warm glow is the best way to say hello to visitors.


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