With our contemporary, demanding lives, it is all too easy to treat your home like a hotel. Many individuals spend less than five waking hours a day in their home and, unfortunately, it often shows too. Many people's homes have changed back to 'cold' houses where you store your stuff, do your laundry and sleep. In other words they lack warmth and personality.
However, warmth and personality can certainly be restored or created in a home by spending some time in it and imparting some of your self into your surroundings. One of the simplest ways of doing this is by the use of candles and beautiful candle holders. Candles will add plenty of warmth and personality to your home and make you want to spend more time there.
The bedroom is a good place to start. Whether you want your bedroom to be a place of romance or of sanctuary, candles will help. A candelabrum on a table top always looks good, but so will small tea lights on the dresser. Small floating candles in the shape of water lilies or other flowers look fantastic in a bowl of water too.
Most people only squeeze in a shower or two a day, but it is very soothing to soak in a bath of hot water. You can make your soak in the bath even more tranquil and atmospheric by combining tall and short candles such as pillar, votive and tea light candles placed on tiling around the room.
You can utilize candles in the kitchen for various reasons. Aromatic candles will hide the odour of foods like cabbage and other foodstuffs. Night candles will keep the room a-glow if you need to pop in and out for snacks or drinks during the night, saving switching the electric light on and off a dozen times a day. A burning candle will also remove cigarette smoke if you are apt to smoke while reading the paper or chatting to neighbours around the kitchen table too.
The living room is the perfect room for burning candles. There are so many types of candles and they are all appropriate for use in the living room. Wall sconces can be a beautiful way of burning candles in your hall and living room. In fact, candles do not even have to be lit to lend an atmosphere to your living room. Aromatic candles are perfect for moulding the ambiance to what you want.
You could use a candelabrum on a table or candlesticks on a fireplace or large tubular candles in the hearth. Smaller vase or jar candles will go anywhere to create the ambiance you desire.
In the dining room or at least at the dining table, candles are essential whether you want to generate a romantic atmosphere or not. The only no-no here is aromatic candles as you do not want to interfere with the odours of the meal. Long tapering white or red odourless candles in either candlesticks or a candelabrum are best.
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