Accessorise your dinner table with beautiful candles from some of the coolest brands around.
When it comes to the art of tablescaping, it seems candles might be our best friends. Setting your table right and dressing it with an aesthetic in mind has never been such an important part of having friends over, and candles are an interior design trend that is here to stay.
And we’re not complaining. Whether it’s shorter candles in pastel hues, positioned in glass bottles alongside bunches of wildflowers for a summery alfresco lunch, or dramatic taper candles sitting in eccentric candlestick holders (personally, we love the funky twisted styles we’ve seen doing the rounds on social media), we’re always keen to up our candle game.
It’s a trend those in the events styling space have seen coming, too. Tony Jack, founder of new candle brand Fairholme Studio, says he felt inspired to create his brand during lockdown and feels it’s answered the mood of the people after seeing buying trends turn to homeware when we were all stuck inside. But even now that the world is beginning to open up, there’s still so much joy to be had in creating stunning spaces within our homes.
“As an event manager, I am lucky enough to work with amazing brands such as Kerastase, Missoma, L’Oreal Professionel and Away, creating events and dinners at which I love tablescaping. I really believe a beautifully set table can transform an event or even the guests’ evening,” he says speaking to Stylist.co.uk.
“There has been a huge shift since the lockdowns with people spending money on their home, especially a tablescape. I think for most people it’s still so important to transform their kitchen-table-come-work-from-home-desk into a beautiful setting for their evening meal. I recommend using what you have around the house because your table should reflect your personal taste, but invest in key pieces that you have fallen for and shop around too, there’s bargains to be had all over.”
Below, we’ve sought out the coolest places to buy your candles from and the most divine shades, styles and shapes to decorate your table and all around your home with. Happy shopping!
Pennello Studio Viso hand-painted candles
Founded in March 2021 and born from a love of tablescaping, Italian-inspired brand Pennello Studio (‘pennello’ means ‘brush’ in Italian, ‘viso’ means ‘face’), creates delicate designs that are the ultimate decoration for dinner parties, mantelpieces, coffee tables and bookshelves.
Mix & Match taper candle set
Inspired by wanderlust and the Mediterranean, these gorgeous candles will have you feeling like you’re somewhere tropical, even if we have to wait a little while longer for a real holiday.
Their stunning colours give an instant uplift, and make the perfect addition to tablescapes and mantelpieces.
Lys / Limited / Fersken-Mint
Danish brand Fabrek has some serious candle game, with a selection of handmade dinner candles in different shapes, lengths and designs.
We love these light ombre pairs, which offer a subtle beauty.
Lex Pott orange twist candle
Literally add a twist to your table with this abstract piece. Available in a selection of the bright hues, it will have your dinner table looking on-trend for months. Anna + Nina suggest mixing them up for an eclectic look.
Burnt orange dinner candle
Lewes, East Sussex, is home to a plethora of boutiques and interior design gems, one of which is Closet & Botts.
This female-founded store has a gorgeous range of candles, both dinner and tapered, in beautiful shades like this burnt orange.
If you saw the brand’s collaboration with fashion brand Kitri last year, you’ll know that their hand-dipped creations are as colourful as they are elegant.
And this collection of eight rainbow shades (leaf green, turquoise, blue, pastel orange, mint green, pale yellow, pink and bright pink) is available for an special price only on The Drop by Stylist.
Metallic dinner candle
Metallic touches can add an extra something to an interior design concept, and this golden dinner candle is an elegant way to try the look at home.
Set this candle amongst bold colours, monochromes or muted pastels and it’ll give the room a special sheen.
Striped eco dinner candle set of six
Each of British Colour Standard’s candles are eco-friendly and fair trade, hand poured using 100% stearin wax.
There are loads of colours to choose from, many of which feature the brand’s signature striped design, but we particularly like this pack as it offers a little bit of everything.
These bright candles remind us of boiled sweets thanks to their shiny appearance and fun colour palette.
Each one is handmade and has a natural cotton, unbleached wick free from lead and chemicals.
Set of four pink dinner candles
The vintage rose colour of these candles is ideal for a country-style or antique-inspired table set-up.
They come as a set of four, rustically tied with twine, and are also available in ivory, dark grey and light grey.
'Purples' pack of beeswax candles
Matilda Goad is known for her cute and kitsch homeware accessories, especially her ribbed-edge candles which is a design unique to her.
We like the chalky finish of these purple, lilac and pink candles, and that they’ve been made with beeswax which is said to have benefits such as eliminating dust, mould and odours.
Pastel tone short dinner candles
Pick any of the colours above and bag yourself six short dinner candles to decorate your home, table or a special event with.
Created by Berylune, there’s also an option to add an apothecary bottle or perfume dispenser to your order to style them with.
Images: Fairholme Studio / courtesy of brands
Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.