Candles for Mood Lighting

By: Emile Ruahihi


Candlelight makes the most romantic type of light in existence. What is lovelier than entering a room lit with flickering flames on top of elegant candles. In addition to their fragrant aromas, candles form necessary lighting elements in homes of all shapes and sizes. Whether you live in a historic Victorian home elegantly furnished with antiques or a stark modern loft space that’s heavy on minimalism, candles can accentuate any space.

Candles are especially great for homes that lack necessary lighting elements. For example, instead of spending a ton of money on rewiring your home to fit new electric sconces, consider using candle powered ones instead. A candle holder sconce brings an element of romance to the room, especially when the candle is lit.

In the same way, instead of a traditional chandelier, you can hang a candlelight powered candlier. This will help you avoid all the cost and trouble of purchasing and wiring a heavy electric chandelier. This lighting element adds grace to the room whether or not the candles are lit and provides a beautiful and functional alternative to a common design issue.

To create a romantic glow in an unused fireplace, fill the space with candles of all sizes. For a uniform look, choose candles of one color and texture. Use several layers to provide depth and visual interest while filling the entire fireplace with light. This is a great solution for the annual summertime question of what to do with the fireplace. After its annual cleaning, set up an array of candles instead of leaving the space blank until cold weather returns.

For a stunning centerpiece, place a variety of candlesticks and different sizes of candles on a mirror. Much like the fireplace plan, all candles should be of the same color and texture to continue with the design theme. Once al the candles are lit, the flames will be reflected in the mirror and soon your centerpiece will be lighting the entire room.

You can also add candle to your decor to offset any unpleasant odors in an area of your home. A scented candle of any size can change the fragrance and ambience of any room - big or small. The candle adds beauty to a room whether you choose to light it or not.

There are certain things that you need to keep in mind like not to leave a candle unattended. A candle left unattended, even if you feel its position in the candleholder is secure poses the danger of reducing the whole house to rubble. Keep this in mind that you don't want to put your family security at stake by using the candles either for lighting or beautifying the home.

Whatever shape, size or design your house comes in, lighting it up with a candle any day is a great idea. Buying candles and their holders don't even cost a great deal of money and they are long lasting. Reduce the wick to about half an inch before lighting. Buying a candle snuffer might be a wise investment as it will not only help in maintaining the shape of the top of the candle but it will also help ensure that the candles are extinguished safely without blowing hot wax onto the wall or surface.

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