Hot Tips: How to Decorate with Taper Candles

Taper candles are one of those classic items that never go out of style. But these days decorative taper candles are more unique than ever! You can find them in a rainbow of colors, with intricate designs, and in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While the classic tapered candle is beautiful, why not add a little flair to your space with something a little out of the ordinary? Here are some spaces and tips on how to decorate with taper candles in your home.

Taper Candle Decorated Ledge by Sophie Colle

How to Style Taper Candles Guide

There are many ways to style taper candles, and the options are only limited by your imagination. Here are some easy ways to approach decorating so you can make your vision come to life.

Use different heights

To create a more interesting and inviting space, use taper candles of different heights. You can buy tapers at different lengths or burn yours to create that affect. Another easy way to achieve this is have taper candle holders of different heights if you are set on a certain taper style.

Mix and match colors

Taper candles are a great way to add ambiance to any room, not just because their glow, but for their colors! Mix and match colors to create a unique look. For example, combining pink and green are perfect for a lighter, springtime feel, while rainbow candles add a touch of fun to any setting. Alternatively, you can keep to the color palette for a unified color accent in your space. We wouldn't mind seeing the Twisted Ivory Candle on repeat.

Twist Ivory Decorative Taper Candle

Use different shapes and textures

You can go for a classic look with a twisted taper candle, or add some interest with a ribbed or printed design. We got examples of them all!  

Going for modern or whimsical? The Dusen Dusen tapers are given a modern flair more from their shapes and texture than their color. 

Dusen Dusen Decorative Taper Candle Dusen Dusen Decorative Taper Candles

Whereas the Angel Taper Candle Set whimsical mood is set by the angels printed on the baby blue taper candle.

Candle holder choice

For as many unique decorative taper candles available, there just as many taper candle holders in all shapes, materials, and sizes. You could place a muted tone taper candle in a a brightly colored glass holder and it is 10x more fun and contemporary. Likewise, if you want to tone down a louder taper candle, use a solid color, simple shaped holder. Experiment with different looks to see what you like best! 

Ceramic Taper Candle Holder


Where to Style Taper Candles Guide

Now that we know the tips and tricks for how to style taper candles, you need to decide where you'd like them! Given the variety in options now, most spaces in your home would look fabulous with some candle candling. You can use taper candles to create a focal point in the room, or to simply add a bit of ambiance. Be sure to consider the size of the room and the overall style you are trying to achieve. Let's dig in!

Creating a Focal Point

The Dining Room Table

One spot that always looks great for tapers is the dining room table. Tapers candles elevte any dining experience, whether you’re having a romantic dinner for two or a large gathering with friends and family. There are a few things to keep in mind when styling tape candles on your dining room table. Candles at different heights create a dynamic focal point and more unique tablescape. And don’t forget to light the candles before your guests arrive – it will set the look for a perfect evening.

The Fireplace

One of the most popular places to style taper candles is the fireplace. This is because the fireplace provides the perfect backdrop for the candles. The flames from the candles will reflect off of the fireplace and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. All you need to do enhance the room's focal point is  places the taper candles to each sides of the fireplace and light them. The added ambiance this will create is a nice perk of this styling placement too!

The Coffee Table

Ideal for larger coffee tables, a taper or two can really pull a living room together. To create a simple yet stunning display, start by placing a few candles in holders on the center of the table. Then, add some greenery or other decorations around the candles to create a cohesive look. Be mindful of lighting these candles though since coffee tables tend to be in areas where you walk!

Adding Ambiance

Sometimes it is just about the vibes. There is just something that is more elegant about decorating with taper candles and moving beyond the traditional candle jar. Here are some suggestions of where in home you can light it up.

Taper Candles in The Bedroom

Create the ultimate mood to relax in the comfiest part of your home. Using taper candles has a true air of cozy elegance. Try placing a taper candle on your bedside table and let it illuminate your nighttime reading. Create a fuller ambiance by grouping several taper candles together and placing them on a dresser or windowsill. For example, place some tall candles on your nightstands and dresser, and then fill in with shorter candles on your windowsills and shelves.

Rainbow Taper Candle

Taper Candles in The Bathroom

Savor those self care bath moments with the additional of taper candles. Isn't it nicer to take a bath b y candlelight versus a regular overhead light? We think so! Depending on your space, try lighting up some candles on the bathroom windowsill. Even better, place tapers and other accent candles along the edge of the tub - just don't forget that glass of wine or green goodie! If you don't have that extra space, the top of the toilet tank is a solid go to.

Taper Candles in The Outdoor Space

One of the great things about taper candles is that they can be used beyond indoor spaces and in a variety of outdoor spaces - think porch, deck or or even a campsite! Get some tall and wide hurricane glass and you can place tapers inside along with little tea lights for some variety in depth. It's definitely a little extra but it's perfect for places like porches or decks where you want a bit of light without having an open flame. Another idea would be to melt down the bottom of a taper and stick into a traditional Mason jar centered, placed along a porch or deck railing. All the wax will collect inside the glass and add to the outdoor ambiance!

There are many ways to decorate with taper candles, and the best way to do it depends on your personal style and what look you're going for. Whether you're lighting them for a romantic dinner, a festive holiday party, or just to add a touch of ambiance to your home, taper candles are a great way to do it. With so many different sizes, colors, and scents available, there's sure to be a taper candle that's perfect for you.