3 Expert Tips To Choose A Candle Holder

Burning candles can be very relaxing, and always adds a touch of luxury to a dinner party or an evening by the fireplace. Leaving behind a mess of melted wax isn't fun though, which is where candle holders come in!

Choosing the right candle holders for your home can be a bit tricky if you're not sure what to look out for, so we've put together some expert tips to help you out!

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What type of candle holder should I buy?

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!

Gold Metal Iron Traditional Candelabra
Dark Brown Vintage Small Iron Candelabra
Dark Brown Iron Tabletop Candelabra Holder
Gold Hanging Tall Metal Candelabra
Unique Black Wood Tabletop Candelabra
Bronze Metal Tabletop Candelabra Set

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.

Black Metal Tabletop Hurricane Holder
Silver Pedestaled Ceramic And Glass Hurricane
Clear Glass Tabletop Classic Hurricane
Silver Lacquered Glass Candlestick Set
Antiqued Bronze Iron And Glass Hurricane Set
Glass Cylinder Tabletop Centerpiece Hurricane

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.

Clear Glass Taper Candlestick Set
Small Gold Iron Taper Candlestick Set
Tall Clear Crystal Taper Candlestick
Gold Plastic Resin Taper Candlestick
Silver Stainless Steel Taper Candlestick
Brown Wood Taper Candlestick Set

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.

Small White Stone Votive Tealight
Beige Glass Metal Tabletop Holder
Small Multicolor Glass Votive Holder Set
Brown Ceramic Metal Tabletop Tealight
Gold Geometric Metal Tealight Holder
Multicolor Ceramic Iron Tabletop Votive

What material should my candle holder be?

It's very important to pick the right material for your candle holder, especially if you have kids - you'll need something that doesn't heat up too fast and is sturdy.

Want the safest option? => Pottery

Candle holders made out of pottery are relatively uncommon nowadays, but they are actually the safest option.

They draw out very little heat, so their surface won't heat up, making them perfect for holding tealights and short pillar candles.

They're very customizable as they can come in practically any color and pattern combination you can think of.

Overall, pottery candle holders create a quite cozy and rustic atmosphere.

Blue White Ceramic Tabletop Candlestick
Contemporary Small Ceramic Votive Holder
Antique White Ceramic Candlestick Set
Brown House Ceramic Tealight Holder
Small Ceramic Stone Tabletop Candlestick
Ceramic Tabletop Tealight Holder Set

Want something luxurious? => Crystal

Crystal is a very high-quality candle holder material.

It's the most expensive option but it makes up for it by being beautifully intricate.

Also, it doesn't retain heat that easily, so it's a relatively safe material for any type of candle holder.

Clear Crystal Taper Tabletop Candelabra
Gold Clear Diamond Crystal Votive Holder
Silver And Clear Mirrored Crystal Candelabra
Crystal And Bronze Metal Tabletop Candlestick
Black Clear Crystal Taper Tabletop Votive
Crystal Traditional Tabletop Centerpiece Candleholder

Need a sturdy holder? => Metal

A metal candle holder will last you years as it'll withstand almost anything.

A lot of candelabras are made from metal - it just seems to add a certain flair!

Metal is a great conductor of heat though, so we don't recommend using a metal holder for short candles - stick to tall dinner candles whose flames will rarely come close to the metal.

Black Metal Clear Glass Lantern Set
Black Metal Taper Tabletop Candlestick
Black Hugging Tall Metal Wall Sconce
Gray Metal Aluminum Candlestick Set
Black Round Metal Iron Candelabra
Modern Tall Metal Wall Tealight Holder

Like being unconventional? => Wood

Now, wood may seem like the absolute worse material for a candle holder since it's incredibly flammable, however these candle holders are always specially treated to make them less flammable!

Because of this, they're actually a pretty great option for tealights and pillar candles.

Like pottery candle holders, they contribute to a cozy and rustic atmosphere.

Rustic Brown Wood Tabletop Candelabra
Brown Wood Contemporary Candlestick Set
Fir Wood And Glass Lantern Set
Teak Wood And Glass Lantern
White Beige Wooden Tabletop Holder Set
Fir Wood Iron Tealight Holder

How can I arrange different candle holders?

Like we mentioned before, each type of candle holder only ever suits one specific type of candle. So, if you want to burn a variety of candles, or simply have a lot of them, what can you do?

  • Use the same material! Even if the candle holders are different types, colors, or sizes, you'll still be maintaining a coordinated look by sticking to one material.
  • Mix and match the sizes of candle holders, especially if you plan to group a few of them together in one spot. Arrange them so that the smaller holders are near the front of the group, and the bigger holders frame the back.
  • Try to avoid putting extravagant statement pieces together whenever you can. Putting two intricately detailed, 8 candle candelabras right next to each other will just look messy and disorganized.
  • If you're really struggling to match your candle holders, try purchasing a set instead of separate holders. Let the experts choose exactly what shapes, sizes, and colors go well together!

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.