Which Candle Holder Should I Pair With My Candles?

Which Candle Holder Should I Pair With My Candles?

While traditional in nature, taper candles, when paired with complementing candle holders, can take on a modern form. For thousands of years, candles have been used to illuminate spaces, add warmth to a home, and to create ambiance with a soft undulating glow. Often overlooked is the accessory that is always paired with candles, the candle holder. Where form meets function and aesthetics intertwine with ambiance, few elements possess the transformative power of a well-chosen candle holder. Beyond their practical purpose of supporting candles, candle holders have the unique ability to create an enchanting space, casting a warm glow that is welcoming and captivating. 

What Is A Candle Holder? 

As a timeless symbol of serenity and relaxation, candles have the power to create an ambiance that transcends time and transforms ordinary moments into noteworthy experiences. Central to this experience are candle holders – functional and decorative accessories that elevate the beauty of candles while ensuring their safe display. 

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There are many different styles of candle holders, or candlesticks that suit different types of candles. From pillar candle holders, taper candle holders, and even wall-mounted candle holders, a candle holder ensures that a candle has a secure base and stays upright, for the optimal and safest burn. Here are some important tips on burning taper candles. 

Types of Candle Holders

Candle holders serve two fundamental purposes: providing stability and protection for candles and enhancing their visual appeal. They come in various shapes, sizes, and materials to cater to diverse tastes and complement a range of interior styles. Whether elegantly standing on a dining table, adorning a mantelpiece, or lining a pathway, candle holders are essential for creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. 

A taper candle holder will have an inset opening that holds the candle. Typically the opening will be just wide enough to fit a standard taper candle base of 7/8 of an inch, and can come in various heights, widths, materials, and colors. Copper and other metal taper holders such as brass taper holders or gold taper holders are a great way to add a shimmering glow. While a candle holder is key to safely burning taper candles, there are important techniques to ensure you know how to burn a taper candle.

Pillar candle holders are vessels with a wide enough base or opening that a pillar candle can sit in comfortably. Pillar candles are wide candles typically about 3 inches in width, and can come in a variety of heights, 6 inches and 9 inches being popular options. There are different types of holders for long-lasting pillar candles, from low profile ceramic plates to shallow vessels, pillar candle holders will protect the surface of a table or any other surface where you are burning candles. 

Tea light holders are delightful and versatile candle holders that are specifically designed to hold small, cylindrical tea light candles. Often these charming holders are made of clear or colored glass, allowing the soft glow of the tea light to permeate through. They come in various shapes, such as cups, votives, or small jars, and can be adorned with etchings, patterns, or even metallic accents. 

Candelabras are grand candle holders that make a statement and add a touch of opulence and sophistication to any setting. Traditionally designed with multiple arms or branches to hold several candles, candelabras have a rich history and are still cherished for their timeless appeal.  

How To Use A Candle Holder With Taper Candles

  1. Start by trimming your candle wick to about 1/4 inch 
  2. Insert the taper candle into the opening of the taper holder 
  3. Ensure a snug fit and make sure the candle doesn’t tip over 

Safety should always be a top priority when using candle holders. Selecting an appropriately sized holder is crucial to ensure the stability and security of the candles. A candle that is too small for the holder may wobble or tilt, increasing the risk of accidents. Conversely, a candle that is too large for the holder may not fit securely and could fall out of the holder. Always choose a candle holder that can accommodate the size of the candle securely. 

Pro tips for a snug fit

Depending on the design of the taper candle holder and the taper candle, you may need to adjust the candle for a snug fit. If the taper candle holder is too small, simply use a candle sharpener or candle shaver to whittle down the base of the candle. If the holder’s opening is too large, use a small pea-sized amount of candle helper (a type of malleable adhesive wax) to secure the bottom of the candle. 

Choosing the right candle holder: Size matters. 

From romantic dinners to cozy nights at home, the right candle holder can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. When it comes to selecting the perfect candle holder, considering its height and size is crucial. Candle holders play a significant role in enhancing the ambiance and aesthetic appeal of any space, therefore it is important to consider the surroundings, the surface in which the candle holder will be placed upon, and the overall mood you are trying to create.  

Covering our bases

A candle holder with a wider base not only adds extra safety from toppling over, it can also catch wax drippings and keep them from getting onto your tablecloth or furniture. A general rule of thumb is to use a wider and heavier base for taller candles. For example, we would suggest pairing an 18” tall taper candle with a wide ceramic taper holder, or grand ceramic taper holder. 

Now that we have our bases covered, it’s time to consider height!  

Taper candles come in different heights, from intimate 6 inch candles to sweeping 18 inch candles, having an array of heights add dimension and intrigue. Aside from varying the heights of candles, you can also vary the heights of the candle holders and utilize tall candle holders in addition to petite candle holders to create ambiance. Arranging various styles of ceramic candle holders in the same color such as black candle holders or white candle holders create cohesion while still adding enough visual texture to a table. 

Additionally, you should consider the practical aspects of candle holders when determining their height and size. If you plan to use them for dining, ensure that the height of the candle holder allows for comfortable conversation across the table without obstructing the view. For candle holders placed on shelves or mantles, consider their size in relation to the available space. Opt for candle holders that are easy to clean and maintain, especially if they will be used frequently. 

What style of candle holder is recommended? 

Candle holders can be a reflection of your personal style and complement the existing décor of your space. From minimalist to ornate designs, there is a wide range of options available. Consider the overall theme and style of your room when selecting candle holders. Tall and sleek holders may suit modern and contemporary spaces, while intricate and decorative holders may align better with traditional or vintage settings. Let your personal taste guide you in choosing candle holders that resonate with your aesthetic preferences. 

Candle holders are available in a wide range of decorative styles, which allow you to find the perfect match for your personal taste and home décor. Some popular styles include:  

  • Traditional: Embracing classic elements, traditional candle holders often feature intricate designs, ornate engravings, and antique finishes. They lend a sense of grandeur to formal settings. 
  • Contemporary: Clean lines, minimalism, and sleek finishes define contemporary candle holders. They are often made from materials like stainless steel or glass and complement modern interiors.
  • Rustic: Rustic candle holders capture the essence of nature with their earthy textures and natural finishes. They evoke a cozy, farmhouse-inspired atmosphere. 
  • Bohemian: Exuding a free-spirited and eclectic vibe, bohemian-style candle holders incorporate vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and materials like macramé or woven fabric. 

Which material is most suitable for taper candles? 

Candle holders can be crafted from an array of materials, each lending its own unique character and charm. Here are some popular choices: 

  • Metal: Classic and timeless, metal candle holders, such as brass, wrought iron, or copper, exude a sense of sophistication and durability. They are often shaped into intricate designs, showcasing their craftsmanship. 
  • Glass: Glass candle holders add an ethereal touch, allowing the flickering candlelight to dance and reflect on their surfaces. They come in various styles, from sleek and modern to ornate and vintage-inspired. 
  • Ceramic: Ceramic candle holders offer versatility and a touch of artistic flair. They can be glazed or left in their natural earthy tones, creating a cozy and rustic ambiance. 
  • Wood: For a natural and organic feel, wooden candle holders provide a warm and rustic aesthetic. They are often carved, stained, or engraved, showcasing the beauty of the wood grain.

Styling Your Space With Candle Holders 

Candle holders are versatile and elegant decor items that can transform the atmosphere of any space, whether it's your home or a wedding venue. Here are some creative ideas and tips to help you style your space with candle holders: 

  1. Create a Centerpiece: For both home and wedding settings, candle holders can be used to create stunning centerpieces. Place a group of candle holders of varying heights and sizes in the center of a dining table, coffee table, or mantelpiece. Consider using candles of different colors or shapes to add visual interest. Surround the candle holders with complementary elements such as fresh flowers, greenery, or decorative objects to complete the centerpiece. 
  2. Accentuate Shelves and Surfaces: Arrange candle holders on shelves, bookcases, or side tables to add a warm and inviting glow to your space. Mix and match different styles, shapes, and heights to create an eclectic look. Place them alongside books, photo frames, or small potted plants to add layers of visual interest and create a cozy ambiance. 
  3. Illuminate Outdoor Spaces: If you're hosting an outdoor wedding or event, candle holders can create a magical atmosphere. Line walkways, staircases, or the perimeter of an outdoor space with candle holders. We recommend using glass shades to protect the flame from the wind and to prevent excessive dripping.  

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