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Benefits of Candles at Home

Benefits of Candles at Home

If you're looking for a simple way to add warmth, color and atmosphere to your home, there's almost nothing easier than decorating with candles! Whether you're looking to enhance your bedroom, living room or even the bathroom, candles are an effortless way to create a calm and serene setting. From scented to flameless, Pottery Barn has your guide to the vast benefits of candles.

Real vs. Flameless

Many people find that the gentle flicker of a flame has a calming effect. A major reason for using candles is for the mood they create – warm, comforting and relaxing. But what about flameless candles versus real? Flameless candles are usually battery powered (with a traditional or LED bulb), but can still provide the light and flicker of the real thing.

Flameless candles are ideal for any situation where an open flame is a concern, such as in a table centerpiece with dried leaves, or anywhere the kids might be playing.   

At the end of the day, it really comes down to your personal preference. You can also combine candles throughout a room with a fire already burning in the fireplace, or even use a non-working fireplace as a spot to place candles.


Candles are easy to use, and they can fit just about anywhere. All it takes is a quick strike of a match and you're set for hours of high-quality mood lighting. Candles have long lifespans, and when they do run down, they're easy to replace. Plus, there’s just something super cozy about the natural, subtle light that candles emit.


Scented candles can provide any room with a variety of delightful and subtle scents that enhance the relaxing atmosphere you seek. Many common candle scents are inspired by nature, like lavender, vanilla, coconut and lemon.

Easy Decor

Now it’s time to select a candleholder appropriate for the room and the candle you want. Between glass, wood and metal, you're sure to find a candleholder that will fit the style you're searching for. Try candle pots for added visual interest, or lanterns to kick up your patio’s ambience.

D.I.Y. Projects

Remember not to overlook one extra benefit of candles: they make fantastic craft projects. From upcycling old containers for candle pots to making your own candles with a wick and wax, there’s tons of ideas for an at-home project the whole family will love.