Light the way up a spiral staircase with simple glass candleholders.
A sophisticated centerpiece for a dinner party: Arrange an array of candles on top of a mirror that runs the length of your table.
To create a sculptural effect on a mantel, group colored vases, mixing in thick-walled glassware repurposed as candleholders.
For romantic ambience, line a mantel with candles in rich tones, like deep blues and burgundies.
Cluster white tea lights or votive candles in pretty jelly jars on a tabletop.
Votive candles anchored in sand or small pebbles in thick-walled wineglasses cast romantic shadows on a dinner table.
Add a designer’s touch by filling the base of glass cylinders with small stones or marbles.
Display pillar candles atop unused thick-walled Champagne flutes, flipped upside down and grouped on a mantel or tabletop.
A vintage glass cake stand lined with votive and pillar candles creates a stately centerpiece for a wedding or other affair.
In warm-weather months, when fireplaces go unused, replace logs with candles to light up your room. Position a mirror behind the candles to reflect their radiance.
Give your home a beachy summer vibe by pouring a bit of sand into oversized holders to secure candles.
Flickering candles set the mood for an alfresco dinner.
Nothing gives guests a warmer welcome to a party on a summer evening than candles illuminating their pathway.
Lend a glow to a backyard bash by arranging tea lights in tiny hurricane lamps and terra-cotta pots clustered in groups to make a big impact.
An old-fashioned lantern with a tall pillar candle emits a warm, soft light.
The twenty-first–century version of candles, battery-powered lights, are perfect for windier nights.
Welcome fall with a stripped-down arrangement, using earthy stone trivets to catch wax prettily.
Interestingly shaped and colored bottles and jars become unique holders for tapers.
When the weather grows cool, move a window box indoors, set it on a ledge, and “plant” taper candles in the soil or floral foam (making sure they don’t burn too low).
Transform small pumpkins and gourds into candlesticks (just hollow out the center and add white tapers) for a Halloween or Thanksgiving display.
Lustrous candles against a warm colored wall give off a sense of cheerfulness and comfort.
As you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving dinner, give eager-to-help guests small tasks to do, like lighting the candles that grace the table.
Print what you’re giving thanks for on parchment paper and affix it to the outside of a candleholder.
For inexpensive holiday decorating, fill unfinished wooden candlesticks in two heights with tall tapers, grouped to light the way for Santa or lined up for a modern menorah.
Deck the mantel with greenery woven through a staggered lineup of pillars.
Add a merry note to a staircase by lining it with leaf-and-berry-adorned takes on luminarias.
Make a sweetly simple holiday centerpiece by filling a cupcake pan with tea lights and festive ornaments.
Finish off a holiday table setting with pillars nestled in wreaths of pinecones or holly.