6 Types of Candles
and How to Use Them
Whether you’re looking to create the perfect indoor ambiance or light up somewhere outside, adding candles can make any kind of space a more comfortable, inviting place to be. As you begin your search for the perfect candles, you might think that your choices are relatively simple. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Candles come in all shapes, scents and sizes - and all kinds of colors and waxes, too. Which kind of candle should you use to transform your room or sitting area? That’s up to you. We at Pottery Barn are here to guide you through six of the more common types of candles and how you can use them to brighten your space.
1. Flameless candles
Easy to use around your home day and night, flameless candles help create a warm, worry-free atmosphere. Unlike traditional candles, flameless candles don’t give off any heat or smoke. Instead, they are battery-powered and designed to flicker in a way that mimics traditional candles. Flameless candles can be programmed to come on at any time of the day. For maximum comfort, use a remote control to easily turn them on and off from across the room.
2. Tea light candles
Small and lightweight by design, tea light candles are extremely versatile. Generally speaking, they only burn for about two hours. That doesn’t mean you’ll run out of ways to use them anytime soon. Put one at each of your guest’s place settings at your next dinner party to create an intimate ambiance that won’t be forgotten. Sitting out on the porch at night? Sprinkle tea lights across the banister to create an inviting glow. You can also use them to accentuate your living room or den.
3. Candle pot
Like the name suggests, a candle pot is a candle that comes in a pot, jar or glass. Thanks to the way they’re designed, it’s incredibly easy to set up candle pots around your home or business. You don’t have to endlessly search for a candleholder or some other contraption to illuminate an area.
Adding several scented candle pots to a room is a surefire way to create an environment that’s both visually appealing and smells delicious. They are also perfect for those blissful moments unwinding in the bath.
4. Votive candles
Votive candles tend to be on the smaller side. Usually, they are about 2.5” high with a 2” diameter. They need to be placed in a container before they’re lit, so make sure you already have a votive holder on hand. Not only can they help brighten any room in the house, votive candles are smokeless and burn for a long time. When the candle burns to the bottom, the flame goes out on its own.
5. Taper candles
Taper candles are ageless. Whether you want to create a romantic vibe in the dining room or you want to add some character to your mantel, these candles are just what you’re looking for. Taper candles burn for as long as 10 hours, outlasting even the longest of meals. Taper candles can’t stand up on their own. So, make sure you have a taper candleholder before lighting them.
6. Pillar candles
Maybe you’re not interested in buying a candle holder, but you still want to improve the lighting for your next get-together. Go with pillar candles which can burn just fine without a holder. Pillar candles are long-burning and smokeless. On average, an inch of candle will take about an hour to burn. They come in all different sizes and with one, two or even three wicks! These larger standalone candles can help create an even more inviting atmosphere in any room of your home. Just be sure to put them on a flat, heat-resistant surface and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t fall over.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of candles to get the best results. With the right candles in place, your next dinner party or get-together is certain to be a hit!