Using candles to set the mood | Ty Pennington
Design, Lighting

Lighting | Using Candles to Set The Mood

Love is in the air this week. And even though I can’t offer any expert relationship or dating advice, I still wanted to spread the love. So today I’m going to set the mood… around your home with candles!

Candles are a great way to bring a touch of relaxation and ambiance to your rooms. But if they smell insanely good, they also keep your nose happy too! So whether you need a quick romantic fix before Friday or just want to light a fire in your home decor, keep reading for some interesting ways to use candles.

Let’s start where the magic happens… for me, that’s the kitchen. Small candles mixed into centerpieces are inexpensive and great for adding elegance to your table. Nobody can deny that a romantic dinner for two requires at least one candle, right?

Small votives are the perfect twinkle for a romantic dinner

If you have a fireplace in your living area or bedroom, add some extra heat a mix of different sized candles. They’re easier to clean than logs and give the room a subtle focal point.

Replace logs with candles to set the mood | Ty Pennington

Candle light fixtures and candelabra holders are a nice alternative to normal lighting. If you have some empty space on your walls or want to accentuate light, try mounting sconces.

Candelabra holders and sconces + other ways to set the mood with candles

Small and medium candles bring the perfect twinkle to the tub.

Using candles to set the mood

I should add to use caution when you’re decorating with candles. It might seem obvious, but having candles too close to fabrics, curtains, etc. can be seriously dangerous. And never leave a candle burning unattended!

Last but not least, I LOVE keeping a clean conscious when possible, so try to pick up beeswax or soy candles instead of paraffin. You can also try flameless options that use battery-operated LEDs. All are eco-friendly and burn clean.

How do you set the mood with candles? Share your decor tips in the comments below.


Photo Sources: RelishWendy Young, BHG, Alex Amend, Houzz

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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