The type of candle holder you will need mostly depends on the type of candles you plan to use. Most candle holders can only hold one specific type of candle, so you may find yourself needing to buy a few different ones if you like variety.
Want something dramatic? => Candelabra
Candelabras are undeniably eye-catching as they are often large and intricately detailed.
Many people use them as a centerpiece for the dining table, or as a beautiful accent on the mantelpiece.
You can easily find candelabras in any style, ranging from vintage, to modern, to abstract.
Candelabras can hold multiple candles at once, making this a quite unique type of candle holder - most other holders can only house one candle at a time.
You'll need to be careful of wax dripping from the candelabra when using it - the candles are usually held up quite high off the base, with nowhere to hold the melted wax.
Since candelabras are so unique, it may be hard to find other holders that you can easily mix and match with - they're better off on their own!
Prefer something subtle? => Sleeves
Sleeve candle holders are straight or curved glass pillars that house the candles inside them.
They enclose the candles completely to prevent any drafts from extinguishing them, and in order to protect the surroundings from the flames.
They are the ideal option for tea lights or smaller pillar candles.
It's super easy to mix and match sleeve candle holders with other types, as they are very simplistic in their design and can fit in with practically any style and aesthetic.
Use dinner candles? => Taper
Taper candle holders are designed for dinner candles, which are tall and thin, with very small bases.
They are often quite similar in style to candelabras, however they can only hold one candle at a time, making them a little less impressive.
These holders can be used to space out the candles along the dinner table or around the room.
You can mix and match these holders relatively easily as they have a quite universal design, though it can look a bit messy if you go over the top with it.
Use a lot of tea lights? => Flat dish
A flat dish holder often looks very similar to a plate or elongated bowl, and sometimes has small pins to secure the candles in place.
They're great for lining tea lights along them as you can place multiple candles, rather than needing a new holder for each individual candle.
Mixing and matching with these candle holders is incredibly easy since they're usually quite simple without any intricate designs.
However, they are possibly the most dangerous type of candle holder, and the candles aren't really held in place securely - stay away from flat dish holders if you have young children or pets in the house!
Tealights also look great in jars and small, single holders that you can buy in sets or mix and match to your heart's content.