Investing in good general and task lighting is essential to every room in your home, but let's not overlook candles. Don't think that candles are only for creating a romantic mood; they can add a lively vibe to a dinner party you're hosting for friends too!
Now for some ideas on how to use the candles and holders you've selected:
Rather than buy an expensive floral arrangement, use inexpensive candles in a variety of heights to create a centrepiece. If they're for a rectangular table where people will be sitting across from one another, make sure the tallest candles don't get in the way of their views of one another (that would make it hard for people to make eye contact and have a conversation!). This means that ornate candelabrum is better left on the sideboard. If you place the selection of candles on a mirrored tray, you'll get extra sparkle from the reflection!
Shop for candle holders that will create stunning patterns on your walls or ceiling once the candles are lit. What you're looking for are Moroccan-type candle holders or any type of holder that encloses the candle and features a pattern of holes through which the candlelight disperses in an intricate pattern.
You really can't go wrong with a set of classic hurricanes. They go with pretty much every decor style, and you can easily switch up the style by changing the colour of the candles or by filling the hurricane with different materials. Try emerald glass stones (it is the colour of 2013, after all), and then switch to red or silver for the holiday season. Or create a beachy look by using sand instead. Bonus: You can take your hurricanes from inside to the great outdoors for your backyard barbecues in the summer; the height of the glass will keep the breeze from blowing out your candles.
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