Using Candles in Your Home – It’s Time for Some Decorating Ideas

There is just something really warm and inviting about a room with the look of a flickering candle in it.  Using candles in the home creates an intimacy that sets a mood to a room and makes guests feel really welcome. Arranged pleasantly with just the right accessories, a candle can really transform the look of any area in your home.  

This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle, but all opinions are 100% my own. Candles add mood and coziness to any rooms of the house. I use them everywhere, including on my patio. See my 8 tips for using candles and how to make the most of them in every room of the house.. #chesapeakebaycandle #alassis #ad

I am really an easy person to please.  Give me some fresh flowers, a few of my favorite sweet treats and the delightful scent of a candle burning, and I am a happy camper. My home is decorated simply and I use candles in almost every room to add instant mood and warmth.

I was delighted, recently, when the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company sent me three candles from their Alassis Collection. My delight started from the moment I opened the box.  Each candle was wrapped in layers of bubble wrap for protection, and each bubble wrapped package was HEAVY. Even before opening the packaging, I knew that I was in for a treat.The Alassis collection is inspired by Mediterranean cultures and gardens

Not only were the art glass candle holders themselves beautiful, but so was their fancy packaging.  It is perfect for gift giving.  (Not that I plan to give these away. They are MINE!)  And crafter that I am, as soon as I saw the wonderful containers, I knew that they would be re-purposed later when I had finished burning the candles.  I’ll just clean them out and use them as holders for trinkets or even planters for succulents. They are THAT pretty!

Tips for Using Candles in the Home

Seeing the lovely candles, I could not wait to get started thinking about how to display them around my house. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my tips for using candles in my home. I hope that they will inspire you to find new ways to use them in yours.

In a reading nook.

For me using candles means using flowers. They go so well together. I love fresh flowers. I have a huge cottage style garden and enjoy flowers all throughout the year, both indoors and out.  These hellebore flowers coordinate beautifully with my pretty Alassis blush orchid and plum candle. Add in a dish of your favorite chocolates and you have a lovely display that is perfect to have in a reading nook for some me time. Can you believe this plant flowers all winter long?

This finely scented Alassis soy candle is designed and poured in the USA and has the aroma of blush orchid and plum mingled with other delightful notes.  It is the perfect scent to make you think of the gardens along the Mediterranean coastline. The beautiful hand-blown art glass has a burn time of approximately 40 hours.  I can read a whole book while the candle burns!
Pink Alassa candle on a tray with chocolates and Monrovia hellaborus flowers

 In the bathroom

One of my favorite ways for using candles in the home is to place them in the bathroom. Unwinding after a hard day out with a warm bubble bath is one of life’s great pleasures. Match your candle colors to the decor of your bathroom and towels and you will think you are having a spa day!

If you have a bath tray, arrange the candles, a glass of wine and a book and get ready to sink into bliss.  You can move the tray to another area of the bath when you are done soaking for a decor look. The delightful aroma of the Alassis Verbena and Cedar candle brings to mind picturesque Italian villages nestled in the hills above the sea.  The scent of violet leaves, orange flowers and white roses adds another dimension to the aroma The pretty hand blown art glass matches my colors and the three wicks give off a lovely glow for 65 hours. Now THAT is a bath!

It's bath time. Prepare to relax with a good book, a glass of wine and an aromatic candle.

In the living room

Family get togethers are much more cozy with candle lighting in the living room. There are lots of places to put candles for decoration in the main gathering room of your home. We spend so much time in it, why not make it really special looking (and feeling.)  The pink hand-blown glass surrounding the plum candle matches both my lamp base and my African Violet rustic planter. It adds a special touch to an otherwise bare table.

Coffee tables are also great places for candles. Stack some of your favorite books or magazines and top them with a candle for height.  Instant decor! Another easy idea is to place a set of candles a decorative tray. This tray will be functional when it is the living room and then can be moved around to give them same look quickly to another room.

Depending on the style of your living room, candles can add more than just additional lighting. They can add mood, warmth and an additional touch of whatever your decorating style is. A single candle on a bare table can coordinate with the lamp and planter for instant decor.

In the bedroom

The bedroom is a place for relaxation and romance.  Of all the rooms in the home, the bedroom is where candles give off the most cozy feel.  You can light them on a bedside table, or place them as I have on a dresser in a little display. This time I used dried eucalyptus stems and a live pansy in a cute little tricycle planter for a fun effect. A mirrored tray gives dimension to the look and gives me a place to put perfumes and hand lotions, as well as the odd piece of jewelry.

The bedroom is my favorite place to display candles. They add subdued lighting and a cozy, romantic feel to the room.

In the dining room

I use candles all the time in my dining room.  I do this when we entertain guests and I also use them when I want to have a romantic dinner for just Richard and me. Candles on a dining room table create a relaxing mood and can be used effectively to improve the ambiance to its best.

Subtle lighting is both relaxing and beautiful and the fragrance of the candle can be adjusted to the meal choice. Who can resist a quiet candlelight dinner with glowing candles, arranged with fresh flowers, all beautifully coordinated together for one harmonious look?  I used English daisies, hellebore, mums, daffodils and pansies for my centerpiece. The colors coordinate well with the Alassis Mandarin and Grapefruit candle. Looks like fruit will be on the menu tonight!  This candle has an interesting musky flavor that I have not noted in other candles.

TIP: I raised the candle by placing an upside down glass filled with daffodil heads.  This gave height to the centerpiece and also made sure that nothing in it catches on fire.Candle centerpiece with fresh flowers

In the entry.

To set up your entry for the ultimate welcome, invite your guests inside with a trio of candles just waiting to be lit for the occasion.  Their refreshing scents and a warm glows make this one of the easiest ways to say hello!  Adding something under the candles to add height gives a more balanced look to the trio.  The black Alassis display boxes work beautifully and also compliment an upside down black bowl!

As always, I have incorporated something from my garden to the vignette.  This time, it is the dried stalks of Japanese silver grass and hardy succulent flowers that dried on the plant. Both plants die back in the winter, but I leave the blossoms to dry so that the birds have a winter snack.Have a trio of candles waiting for your guests on the entry table.

Candles are not just for indoors!

On the patio

Using candles does not just mean putting them in indoor settings.  Use them lighted on your steps when you have guests arriving for an instant mood setter.  On the patio, when placed on an outdoor table, they bring a touch of the indoors outside and extend your living space. As an added bonus, candles will keep away bugs when you burn them outside!

Any outdoor gathering area can benefit from the use of candle illumination. They are perfect to set the mood for an outdoor alfresco dinner. I placed my candle near a bird cage planted with succulents for a fun look. The color of the candle looks great with my patio cushions!The patio is a great place to place candles. They keep the bugs away and add a touch of decor to a plain patio table

For Gift giving

Candles are one of my favorite items for gifts. There are so many ways to gift candles.  Alassis candles come beautifully gift boxed, but just add a pretty satin ribbon and you have the perfect presentation. Candles can be used as gifts for so many occasions.

Looking for an anniversary gift?  Why not try creating a gift that will make the recipient think of a candle-lit dinner for two?  Line a pretty basket with some coordinating table napkins, then add your candle along with a couple of champagne flutes, and your recipient will be thinking ahead with anticipation to their anniversary night!Candles and champagne flutes in a pretty basket makes the perfect anniversary gift

I hope that I have given you some inspiration and ideas for using candles around your home.  Be sure to visit the Chesapeake Bay Candle site to see their entire range of beautiful candles in all sorts of scents and colors. Alassis is only one of their amazing collections.
This exquisite collection is inspired by early Mediterranean cultures. The collection was created in 2012 by co-founder and creative director the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company, Mei Xu. Mei was born in China and lives in the USA. Fragrance has been a passion of hers for her whole life.

You can find The Chesapeake Bay Candle Company on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, too.

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  37 comments for “Using Candles in Your Home – It’s Time for Some Decorating Ideas

  1. 03/16/2017 at 12:29 pm

    Those are such beautiful candles! I bet they smell lovely too!

    • Carol
      03/16/2017 at 12:31 pm

      They really do. I loved adding them to my home.

  2. 03/17/2017 at 2:31 pm

    I am a candle NUTCASE. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Chesapeake Bay Candles before…I’ve heard of them, but have not seem them. They are so simplistically elegant. This is great because they go with any room design. Now I’m crossing my fingers and toes, that I win:-)

    • Carol
      03/17/2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Elizabeth. Good luck on your entry. I am mad about the hand blown glass containers. So amazingly pretty! Carol

  3. 03/18/2017 at 8:31 am

    Besides the fact that these candles have the best scents ever, I love how the different colours can be used as an accent colour in rooms around the house.

    • Carol
      03/18/2017 at 9:59 am

      The colors really are lovely. Very muted and subtle so they look great with today’s decorating trends. Carol

  4. 03/18/2017 at 10:26 am

    I also love candles and enjoy decorating my home with them. I like that the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company candles you received came in decorative jars. They can definitely be repurposed once the candles burn down.

    • Carol
      03/18/2017 at 11:00 am

      I agree. I have some great ideas for reusing them. Carol

  5. 03/18/2017 at 9:39 pm

    I usually use candles in my living room. I love putting a cluster of different sized candles on a floating shelf. It adds a nice decorative touch to my walls!

    • Carol
      03/18/2017 at 10:11 pm

      I like using them in groups too with some elevated. Carol

  6. Ra'Nesha Wilson
    03/18/2017 at 9:50 pm

    I am a huge fan of there candles I love to use them when I relax in the tub after a long day of work the scents are so refreshing.

    • Carol
      03/18/2017 at 10:12 pm

      I was just thinking today about treating myself to a spa day and using them! Carol

  7. 03/19/2017 at 6:12 pm

    These candles look amazing! I adore scented candles and candlelight! I agree with you, there is always something super inviting about a lit candle. Especially one that is giving off a deliciously yummy scent!

    • Carol
      03/19/2017 at 6:41 pm

      They really do seem to set a mood in a room. Carol

  8. 03/19/2017 at 8:32 pm

    We are avid candle burners here. We enjoy having inviting scents throughout the house. I think my favorite spots are the bathroom and living area. My hubby is the one that usually picks up his favorite scent from the store.

    • Carol
      03/19/2017 at 8:59 pm

      That is interesting that he chooses the scents. My husband likes them but leaves the choice to me. Carol

  9. 03/20/2017 at 12:03 am

    In all my years, I just cant use a candle for decoration. I burn them for the scent, and then trash them. But how lucky are you that your hubby chooses the scents! Mine would never

  10. 03/20/2017 at 8:52 am

    I used to own a gift shop and we sold all types of candles. They smelled so good. I love using candles everywhere. I want to use more outside but I live in Oklahoma and the wind is crazy.

    • Carol
      03/20/2017 at 10:06 am

      Yes, wind outdoors will play havoc with them. The glass holders help but they need to be burned down a bit. Carol

  11. Emmerey Rose
    04/20/2017 at 11:15 am

    I love candles! They set the mood and the scent relaxes me so much. It has to be used carefully though. Thanks for the amazing ideas Carol! Where do you usually buy your candles?

    • Carol
      04/20/2017 at 11:35 am

      Hi Emmerey. glad you liked the tips. These candles are from The Chesapeake Bay Candle Company. Carol

      • Emmerey Rose
        04/22/2017 at 12:19 am

        Thanks for responding Carol! Would love to check the site out 🙂

        • Carol
          04/22/2017 at 10:19 am

          My pleasure!

  12. Ridley Fitzgerald
    08/10/2017 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the great tips for decorating with candles. Putting candles in a the small reading area we have upstairs would be perfect! If we combine that with some fresh flowers, I don’t think I’d ever leave that space.

    • Carol
      08/10/2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Ridlley. It’s one of my favorite spots

  13. Spencer Montgomery
    09/29/2017 at 6:50 pm

    I love candles. They add instant coziness and warmth in any room. That set-up you made for the dining room looks great; it’s so colorful. I also like your tip to raise the candle for it not to catch fire. Thanks for posting!

  14. Max Sayer
    05/14/2018 at 1:50 pm

    I really love candles and have been looking for good ways of using it around the home. I really appreciated the tip about different locations to put the candles like in the reading nook. Reading by a candle is one of my favourite things to do.

  15. 10/02/2018 at 1:11 am

    It sure got me when you said that lighting the candle in the bedroom is a nice idea because it is the place where it gives off the coziest feel. Actually, that is why I intend to get a candle lantern. Instead of using light, I thought that maybe I can use a candle to illuminate the room like an accent light. Seeing this article made me think like my idea was right. Thanks!

  16. 03/04/2019 at 1:05 am

    There are times where I want to to have a candle by the reading nook so I might buy some home lighting products such as candles to help lighten the nook. In order to make my bathroom time more luxurious, I might add some candles there as well. Sometimes, the family likes a cozier alternative to our normal lights as well so I might buy some for the living room.

  17. 03/13/2019 at 3:23 pm

    I like your anniversary gift idea to get some candles, napkins, and champagne glasses in a basket. My brother’s anniversary is coming up and he asked for my help planning the night. The candles would be both an atmospheric and functional gift, so I’m really glad you shared that idea.

    • Carol
      03/13/2019 at 6:51 pm

      Glad you liked the idea Daphne.

  18. 07/19/2019 at 8:15 am

    great and awesome blog..

  19. 08/22/2019 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for sharing the best and useful information with us. You made a good site and giving us such a great and useful information.

  20. David Johnson
    09/19/2019 at 2:52 pm

    I like your tip to use candles in the bathroom. We just moved into a new home and are trying to figure out how to decorate it. I’ll have to find indoor candle lanterns.

  21. 12/13/2019 at 6:32 pm

    You made a great point when you explained that you can create a relaxing environment by using candles to create subtle lighting. My wife and I want to change up the lighting in our kitchen because the current fixture is just too bright and it hurts our eyes at times. I think it would be a good idea for us to get a couple of fixtures we can put on our walls and burn candles in.

  22. 06/25/2020 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for these ideas on how to use candles as decor! My uncle is thinking of transforming his living room into a place for reading, but he’s not sure where to start. I like how you mentioned that these candles could work well with flowers together as a display. I’ll share this with him and suggest that he purchase that gel candle he saw a while back and use it as home decor.

  23. 09/16/2020 at 11:49 am

    I love your suggestion to use candle colors that match our towels to make our bathroom feel like a spa when we use it. I think it would be a fun activity with my oldest daughter to get supplies and learn how to make canldes together at home. Thanks for giving me these great ideas about how to display and use the canldes once they’re done!

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