Did you know that Americans spend over $3.2 billion annually on candles for everything from their dining room table to sprucing up their interior décor?
Still, candles are on the smaller end of the interior décor accessory items. There are so many different candles out there that it's hard to choose the best ones for your home. There are different types, different shapes and sizes, and even different scents to choose from.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about candles to help you make the best choice for your home, office, or wherever you put candles in your space.
Types of Candles
As previously stated, there are a few different types of candles to choose from. Many of these are broken down into various collections. We'll talk about the different types of candles in our next section.
Scented candles are extremely popular today, with scents ranging from ocean breeze to warm apple pie and more. Like any other candle, scented candles give the room a warm, cozy glow, but they also work to give the room its own identity as well.
Scented candles can evoke memories, set the mood of the room, or even make you hungry for chocolate chip cookies; as we all know, scents trigger memories and emotions.
These candles consist of three levels, top, central, and base notes. The top note is the first smell to get noticed, the central note acts as a core smell, and the base note is usually dominant and becomes noticeable slowly. All of these levels work together to bring you scents that take you back or invoke pleasant emotions, plus they make your home or office smell amazing.
While most of these candles aren't scented, they are made out of wax that is rigid enough to be free-standing. This means that you don't have to have a plate to put them on. However, they also look great in a hurricane lamp or on a decorative, heat-resistant plate.
These candles are for aesthetic purposes and add style to any room. They bring a certain elegance to coffee tables, bookcases, and mantlepieces. They come in different sizes, so choose one that will fit anywhere you want to place it to enhance the décor of that room.
Tea Light Candles
Tea lights are petite, inexpensive candles that are almost flat in shape. These candles are some of the easiest ways to bring a warm light into a home. You can easily scatter them everywhere, on heat-resistant plates, and they come in scented candles as well. However, you'll have to use quite a few to help the scent travel throughout the room.
Votive candles are also called prayer candles and come in cylindrical or square shapes. They're usually in small containers and are perfect for keeping on a bedside table to bring light and warmth to a bedroom.
Taper candles are most commonly found in candlestick holders on dining room tables. The elegance of the candles adds a certain charm to a room. However, they look just as great over a fireplace and add more light than you might think to the room.
These are usually scented candles, come in glass jars or other containers, and work as self-contained items. They come in different sizes, shapes, and scents.
Novelty candles are candles that come in any other shape than the ones listed above. They can be shaped as cubes, elephants, unicorns, or anything you can think of actually. However, most people use them as decorations instead of burning them because they're just too cute to burn.
Types of Wax Used for Candles
Just as there are different types of candles, different types of wax are also used to make candles. Most candles are made from soy, beeswax, or paraffin. Paraffin candles tend to produce more soot, while beeswax candles are said to be good for people who suffer from allergies. Soy candles have a longer, cleaner burn.
Whichever type of wax you choose for your candles, make sure to do your research before making a final decision.
Candle Etiquette to Follow
There are a few etiquette rules to follow when it comes to burning candles. We'll give you a few of them below.
- Never leave a lit candle unattended
- Always keep candles away from children, pets, and flammable materials
- Always trim your wick to reduce soot, and achieve the cleanest, longest burn possible
- Always burn your candles until the surface is molten before snuffing them out
- Keep your candle wax free of wicks and other debris
- Never burn candles for more than four hours at a time
- If smoking happens, snuff out the candle, trim the wick, and then relight the candle for the best results
- Always use heat-resistant plates or containers for candles to prevent burning your furniture
These are just a few of the candle etiquette rules you'll want to follow with your candles, so they're safe to burn and last you a good long time.
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As you can see, there are many different options out there for candles. From scented to decorative and everything in between, you're sure to find the right candle to light your space and tingle your senses if you do your research.
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