The Magic of Candlelight
Line a Staircase
Light the way up a spiral staircase with simple glass candleholders.
Create a Centerpiece
A sophisticated centerpiece for a dinner party: Arrange an array of candles on top of a mirror that runs the length of your table.
Update a Mantel
To create a sculptural effect on a mantel, group colored vases, mixing in thick-walled glassware repurposed as candleholders.
Set the Right Mood
For romantic ambience, line a mantel with candles in rich tones, like deep blues and burgundies.
Scatter Along a Tabletop
Cluster white tea lights or votive candles in pretty jelly jars on a tabletop.
Put Them in Unexpected Vessels
Votive candles anchored in sand or small pebbles in thick-walled wineglasses cast romantic shadows on a dinner table.
Introduce New Textures
Add a designer’s touch by filling the base of glass cylinders with small stones or marbles.
Wrap Them With Charm
For a soft glow, use pinking shears to cut strips of paper long enough to fit around the outside of thick glass votives, then attach with double-sided tape.
Treat Them to a New Resting Spot
A quick way to transform an everyday table: Cover a shallow tray or platter with a dozen pillar candles of varying sizes and diameters.
Pair With Surprising Pieces
Display pillar candles atop unused thick-walled Champagne flutes, flipped upside down and grouped on a mantel or tabletop.
Layer With Care
A vintage glass cake stand lined with votive and pillar candles creates a stately centerpiece for a wedding or other affair.
Use the Fireplace Year-Round
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.
Welcome Seasonal Accents
Give your home a beachy summer vibe by pouring a bit of sand into oversized holders to secure candles.
Let Them Flicker
Flickering candles set the mood for an alfresco dinner.
Create a Warm Welcome
Nothing gives guests a warmer welcome to a party on a summer evening than candles illuminating their pathway.
Allow Them to Play Outside
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.
Warm a Space
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.
Highlight the Seasons
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.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
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).
Decorate for Holiday
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.
Create the Perfect Ambiance
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.
Let Your Light Shine
Print what you’re giving thanks for on parchment paper and affix it to the outside of a candleholder.
Group Varying Heights
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
Deck the mantel with greenery woven through a staggered lineup of pillars.
Illuminate the Staircase
Add a merry note to a staircase by lining it with leaf-and-berry-adorned takes on luminarias.
Turn to Kitchen Tools
Make a sweetly simple holiday centerpiece by filling a cupcake pan with tea lights and festive ornaments.
Put the Finishing Touches on Your Table
Finish off a holiday table setting with pillars nestled in wreaths of pinecones or holly.