There is something about the light from candles and open flames that is totally unique & buried in the history of man’s association with artificial light, it is the oldest form of light produced by man and a light source that is still widely used today.
I believe that the sight of a flame producing light and warmth touches something deep in the human psyche, I guess most people have a childhood memory of sitting around an open fire watching flames produce patterns and flickering light. There is something comforting and unique about the light provided by and the effect of candles as a light source; we see this across the world in various places of religious worship and in modern meditative sanctuaries and spas.
Despite the vast array of modern electric lighting available today sales of candles and candle holders still remain strong and have in fact increased over the last few years.
Any high street or department store will have a wide choice of candle holders and candles to choose from, many are small and designed to be used with tea lights as well as the more traditional pillar or votive shaped candles.
In this post we are going to look at some of the better quality candle holders available today, we will consider a range of styles and shapes for the classic centrepiece candle holder application. This will not be based on light output as the light offered by candles is tiny, you would need in the region of 100 candles to achieve the same light output as a mid-sized modern lightbulb. These candleholders will be shown due to their quality and the ability to provide the centrepiece effect that will add visual warmth to your space, you will also find that when used in a social gathering these candle holder centrepieces will engage with people and will add a relaxing element to your room. This type of primitive lighting makes people talk.
Laura Ashley is a name known the world over associated with affordable high quality and style. Laura Ashely have a wide range of candle holders and candles available. Here are my favourite Laura Ashley centerpieces based on traditional designs with a modern twist.
Extra Large Hurricane Lamp
This is a modern take on a traditional hurricane lamp, the substantial glass cylinder sits in a brass effect mount with an antique finish, perfect with a large pillar candle. 35 Cm High x 22 Cm Diameter. This extra-large hurricane lamp is also available with a chrome finish.
Curved Glass and Metal Hurricane Lamp
Quality and traditionally styled hurricane lamp with a modern polished metal finish. 31 Cm High x 15.5 Cm Diameter.
Silver Effect Candelabra
A traditional design with a modern finish, a blend of contemporary and antique elements. Made from nickel-coated aluminium with a height of around 29.5 Cm
Laura Ashley have a strong following based on quality and design, this following is well deserved.
Maisons Du Monde.
Maisons Du Monde does things a bit differently. They have a great range of products with a definite French design influence and with a generous sprinkling of ethnic detailing. Maisons Du Monde has some wonderful centrepiece candle setups. Here are my favourites.
The Gustave White Fir Lantern
This is a large floor-mounted centrepiece, manufactured from FSC Certified wood with clear glass panels and a White French style finish.
A wonderful beast of a candle centrepiece. Height 91 Cm x Width 35 Cm x Depth35
Glass 5 Branch Droplet Candlestick
A Solid moulded glass candlestick centrepiece in a traditional style, imagine this lit with 5 candles adding candlelight warmth and sparkle from the hanging droplets. Height 30 Cm x Width 23 Cm
The Paola – A Whitewashed Woven Bamboo Lantern.
A large and beautifully hand made, a candle centrepiece lantern with a wonderful Ethnic feel. Woven whitewashed bamboo set over a metal frame. At the centre is a glass candle cover. Height 53cm x Diameter of 40.5 Cm
Maisons Du Monde has a wide and highly varied range of candlelight products, they range from traditional to Ethnic with many contemporary options available.
Graham and Green.
Graham and Green have built a great reputation for offering stylish designs across all of their ranges, often you will find something at Graham and Green that is not available anywhere else.
The Graham and Green range of candleholders continues in this vein with a mixture of traditional antique styles and quirky modern options.
Miles Monkey Candle Holder.
A large and contemporary take on a candle centrepiece. Quirky and a real talking point that will add candle effect lighting in a unique way. Manufactured from moulded modern resins with a Bronzed finish. Height 54 Cm x Width 30 Cm x Depth 35 Cm
Globe Metal Lantern
A wonderful centrepiece made from welded iron. An antique globe look with weld marks and signs of manufacture left in place and making up a part of the Globes hand made Iron look. The globe takes 5 tea lights that sit inside moulded solid glass cups. Height is 49.5 Cm x Diameter of 34 Cm.
Palm Candle Holder
Another unusual and Antique finished centrepiece from Graham and Green.
Manufactured from bronzed Metal and Glass with the Palm leaves offering shadowing and reflections from a lit candle. Height is 49 Cm
Graham and Green have a really excellent choice of quality candle holders, ranging from classic Antique style to quirky and contemporary. They are very affordable and offer quality and uniqueness at an affordable price.
Barker and Stonehouse.
Barker and Stonehouse are known as quality furniture retailers, however they also offer a really good range of quality interior design objects, lighting and as well as some really stylish contemporary candle centrepieces.
The Crystal Pillar Candle Holder
Made from heavy quality crystal with chromed metal fittings. A heavyweight and luxury contemporary version of a classic large centrepiece candle holder. 52 Cm High x 12 Cm square at the base.
Crystal Candle Holder with an Art Deco design.
A great contemporary take on a 1920s Art Deco design theme. This candle holder has a heavy crystal base and a Gold finished metal frame providing a great profile below your lit candle. Height 38 Cm x 11 Cm diameter at the candle holder.
The Large Bubble Candle Holder.
Manufactured from Gold finished alloys and holding a column of heavy clear glass bubbles, offering reflective surfaces and an Art Deco profile when lit with your candle.
13 Cm in Diameter and 35 Cm High.
Barker and Stonehouse offer a small but stylish range of Candle holders and interior design objects to complement their ranges of quality furniture. They offer some excellent contemporary candle holders.
Candles are safe if used correctly. It takes a bit of thought and common sense. Use them correctly and with a little thought to possible risks.
If you are in doubt visit your local fire service website for advice, think about pets and children and position candles carefully.
Here in the UK, we have a fantastic Fire Service who offer advice on the Fire Service Website for safe candle use. You can read this excellent advice HERE.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this post.
If you have your own candle holders that are unique and interesting please feel free to send me images and I will include them on this post, It would be good to see what ideas other people have regarding the use of Candle Holders in the home and garden.