Romantic Decorating Using Candlelight
by Veronica Smith
Tea Light Candles
Tea Light candles are small candles that normally come in small plastic or metal containers. They are typically used in small candle holders and provide a soft, romantic glow.
Votive candles are the next biggest size of candle after tea lights. They are usually about 2 1/2" high and 1 1/2" wide and were originally made for religious use. The typical white, unscented votive has now been replaced with votive candles that come in a variety of sizes, scents and shapes. Choose romantic red glass votive candle holders to create a gentle glow in the room.
Pillar candles are candles that are shaped like pillars. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from tall and narrow with one wick to short and wide with three wicks.
When using pillar candles to create a romantic setting, place a trio of them of varying heights on a white square dish with rose petals scattered at the base. The simplicity of the grouping combined with the gentle light of the candles instantly creates a romantic feel.
Long and narrow, taper candles are the traditional romantic candles. They range in length from 6" to 9" or more and are placed in candle holders designed specifically for tapers. Taper candles create an instantly romantic mood at the dining room table or grouped together on the fireplace mantle. Choose simple white candles for a gentle look or vibrant red tapers to create a more lively mood. Usually unscented, tapers will vary the most in their textures and colors.
No matter what type of candlelight is used, be sure to follow safety precautions.
Keep open flames away from fabrics and places where they could be bumped or knocked over.
Do not place candles on the top of televisions or other electrical items.
The romantic mood created by the soft glow of candlelight can quickly alter a room's mood and feel. Experiment with different candle types to create the perfect romantic setting.
Writer/Designer, Veronica Smith, writes for AmericanArtisanArt.com and has many ideas for bringing the beauty of contemporary metal wall sculptures and artisan metal wall sculptures to your interiors.
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