It is time of the year again, when there is nip in the air and summer gives way to the festivities. To add up to the festive spirit, decorate the nooks and corners of your home bathed with style and warmth of candles diffused light that can raise the emotional temperatures in a room and it is a perfect antidote to shake off those winter chills. If you have got the ambience right, you have won half the battle and keeps the Diwali vignette interesting. Surrender yourself to an indolent evening but how to make your festivals more brighter and better?
Well, here are 40 ways to instantly lighten up your home to look best when bathed in soft forgiving glow of candle decor this season to instantly elevate your mood.
Together they create a candle lit affair by lighting these opulent great tabletop decorations fit for evening entertainment. Flowers and candlelight is nothing new, place candle in tall vases or deeper saucer to hold flower around them with a twine. Also, Flowers smell nice.
As the long the festivities ease the transition, it marks the onset of card season. Decorate garden for family meets by hanging miniature lantern it gives a magical effect and clear space over table for playing cards.
After the rigorous cleaning, we make sure our home is spick and span. Whether, highlighting a focal point on the entry access or garden with lanterns, table votives or lighting the terrace. Do these with old jars for flickering flame.
Incorporate all the treasured seashells collected from your beach trips and bring a touch of the seashore with a bit of romantic atmosphere to an evening at home. Place votive candle at the center of each piece and let it flicker.
Garden decor can be functional or festive. Why forget the big tree and plants in the patio or backyard, utilise the vintage birdcages for can stands. It can make an interesting tree decor while setting mood to the night.
Highlight the pathway, staircase, railing to navigate the darkness as well as creating an interesting entryway by covering jar with shimmery cloth or string lights along the porch. These are inexpensive ways of bringing island style to home.
Instead of using usual pillar candles, add bit of twist to your lighting with these quirky suggestions :
Embellish with dry flowers and leaves
Add flowers and fruits or pebbles in bowl
Decorate with Push Pins
Glue citrus slices
Cover with Epsom salt
Dip dye candle
Give used candy tins a second life by adding melted wax and fresh wick. Here are few DIY ideas for upcycling:
Pick up tins in grocery stores to fill them with wax, the candles make great souvenirs and gifts.
Melt your old down-to-the-wick candles. Repour wax into a set of teacups, bowls or tiny teapots, tin luminaries, shaker containers with lid holes, lanterns, copper candle stands. Use tree log as holders for a new candle stand. You can also create glass holders using DIY ideas:
Cover glass votives with tape and spray paints
Wrap with sandwich paper, washi tapes and doilies
Cookie cutter candle stencils
Paint or stamp candles
Preserve the autumnal glow with colourful fall foliage in scarlet, orange, and golden hues for creative candle decoration tricks. Paste them over glass or bottles for multi tone reflection. Else you can also draw on a tracing sheet or tissue paper with a permanent marker and transfer the contents by wrapping it around the candle surface or holder and blow drying for 45 seconds for the candle to absorb the design. You can also stitch a punched handmade paper, the luminaires channels via the cutouts and the two-tone colour scheme. Then wrap around a glass cylinder for the candlelight to flicker through.
Whether the materials come from backyard or kitchen centre, it is easy to incorporate natural elements on candles or into a bowl. Dress up the candles with available resources:
Wondering how to make candles? Add spices to your kitchen shelves with these kitchen products making up with the existing ingredients. Embellish a new look and form decorative pieces by sticking cinnamon sticks around candle votives, use star anise and pistachio shells as well. This intensifies the surroundings and adds to kitchen decor.
Why search candle decor online when you can DIY with fancy holders made out of fresh fruits and cast concrete mix.
Restyle a smoothly sculpted pillar candle with a simple under-and-over, cross stitch weave design. This not only adds to candles beauty but gives a add on feature.
Making dots on jars with melted wax crayon
Casting into moulds as patterns/embellish with wax leaves moulds
Basket weave pattern with strips of beeswax
Are some quick mastering skills to start before the Diwali decorations.
Mix fun to your settings by placing trendy colours to the festive spirit. This adds volume along with bright colourful candles to go with contemporary and kid parties. Yellow, reds and ochre are great for the contrast in tradition. You can ditch the simple arrangement and add levels to candle placement. Give it a floating and striking beauty of abstract art positioning. Together they create a huge impact taking the limelight.
Arrange pillar candles of different shapes and sizes in a serving platter, window sill or console and surround them with lentils, dry flowers, coffee beans. Do check the space to assort candles whether it balances with right colour surrounding and choice of shape.
These candles light up the room without the flame. With their flashy golden, silver and sparkling colours to match the other metallic accessories available in surroundings or to give a modern look. The metallic surface of these candles are glitzy to enhace home appeal.
Customize empty wine glasses or soda bottle into stunning vase by turning them upside down for a different toast. Place leaves, dry flowers or any decorative piece inside the overturned bottle or glass and light a tea light or candle on the overturned base. It looks beautiful in daytime and mesmerizing at night for a romantic meeting.
These candles can be matched with textiles and other prints around and can also be customized with wall or furniture upholstery with colours or stripes, polka dots, shimmer. Decal candles give matt finish with a sober contrast.
Display niches with message or wishes for the festive season using antique letterpress or cookie cutter monogram on a candle for charming personalized quotes to welcome guest with greetings or help yourself messages.
They add beauty to the room and are exquisitely hand carved for dramatic and unique centerpiece styling.
Gel candles are clear, translucent. Clear gel allows achieving many interesting looks, from beads to flowers floating in it and different embellishments in them. Create a world of its own within with:
Fit for occasional functions and get together with theme based decor for Diwali, Christmas, Halloween, Sea-Shore party, Thanksgiving, Dinner gatherings, Seasonal celebrations. Just scoop out relevant items to make candle containers like earthen pots, teacups, sugar bowls, shells, jelly jars; anything that is solid enough to withstand hot wax. And then let the kid within you play with its styling.
Lights bring happiness, warm effect to the home whereas giving a zen-like feeling. Arranging candles in linear profile gives a perspective look and heap marks an alternate fashion for large gathering look. Be your creative best for different arrangements like group, stack, spread formations.
Get your grandmothers teaching to use. It makes for a winter cozy night, snugly sweater for the candle votive through yarn, lacy pattern to let out plenty light and cast pretty shadows around. This would look warm near to fireplace or outdoor card setup table.
Floating candles add instant atmosphere to a casual table, with fire dance reflecting in water's shimmering surface. They come in various styles, scented or smokeless floating candles are ideal for indoor use. Place them in bowls or vertically vase, they make for an interesting sight.
No! No, they won't utter sharp cries. These wonderful, woodsy candles wrapped with bark is easy to execute, place them on wooden table in living room next to sofa or fireplace when you light these candles, it's enchanting. The soft glow warms to the ambience.
A utilitarian rope or lace coiled around a thick cylinder candle adds natural beauty and its texture and shape stand out in the room and doesn't go unnoticed. Recycle lace fabric and old jars and make something elegant and beautiful. Get your kids out to help you and impart them some neat crafty skills.
Have hollow bamboo sticks. Put them to use as Bamboo candles, fill them up with molten wax and let them settle in. It gives an organic and natural look making quite an impression as rustic candle holders.
Setting up a dining table is the ambient way to light up a table with beach sand and shell hurricane in a long centerpiece for a romantic look. Besides refracting the candlelight, the vase will protect the flames from breeze and transform the room into a cozy and inviting space.
Limitations are boundations, let the glow flow from top to bottom. Lanterns, candleholders and candelabra accentuate beauty of candlelight in glass, metal, danish and wood on unique locations like on the wall, ceiling, floor and pillar. Decorate console with driftwood candle holders to add dimension to your interiors.
By pouring a few drops of perfume or essential oil in candle holders, vase or simply taking scent infused candles can create beautiful aromatherapy with a personal specification touch and spread fragrance like citronella, lavender, rose, citrus, sandalwood etc. according to the mood.
From delicately painted tableware to patterned textile, candle night dinners are all about table glam, gently flickering flames and aura of the moment amidst the setting sun decorated with blooms for mystical appeal. Let your creative juices flow and arrange with hit and trials.
Develop a romantic bedroom for the ultimate room for rest, pampering and romance. To help spice up your bedroom retreat, the key is lighting that manages the mood. Arrange different sizes of candle and tea lights in glass votives for soft, flattering tints.
Place votive candles in quilted jar around the tub or basin shelf by arranging in different shape and sizes for an eclectic look. The candle light refracted through glass cast onto the walls for a breathtaking display while you soak in for relaxation.
Decorative wall niches attract gaze and are for both decor and functional use adorning tea lights flickering through small compartment. Exposed brickwork gives a very raw feel while giving a surreal moment in a chaotic atmosphere with light lamps placed around. Innovative and attractive, stunning candle holder adds instant style to the overall setting of the wall as well as accentuate with glow.
The traditional rangoli gets a twist with the laser cutouts designs, stone and kundan work with acrylic rangoli stickers. Place candles in between for the vibrant effect during darkness. This will benefit for lazy people during Diwali time as it's easy on their back.
It's not just about colours, different lighting as diyaa are added to make motifs on the floor with various colourful sand designs for added night glow. Perfect adornment for Puja room getup with traditional artform.
Make the house look and smell good with different floral assorted design patterns and elements like candles which fill the centre and tip of the designs. Create a focal piece for entryway or near deity, it marks for the holy ritual of ranfoli design.
Follow the oriental style of dressing your patio or backyards with paper lanterns, these come as sky lanterns, water floating lanterns or Kaipoche effect with Gujarati lanterns. Light up your house make a chain of them for an exotic decor. Just the tip to hang and not bother with walkaways on floor during Diwali, the festival of lights.
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