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Candles have been around for centuries. And despite the modern convenience of electric lights and lamps, they remain crucial for bringing ambience to homes and special occasions. Want mood lighting in an instant? Simply light some candles in a votives of your preference. They make bath time bliss, add a sense of occasion and generally warm the heart and soul. 

Of course, in the dining room, classic candle stands bring warmth and old-world opulence to a sumptuous feast. They match the cutlery, bringing harmony to all the silvery glints of the tableware. They work well symmetrically, with two on either side of a flower display, say. Alternatively, buy a trio of varying heights for a stunning visual effect. 

A candle holder, large or small, makes a great gift, especially when given with scented candles. Their aroma adds to the welcoming, romantic atmosphere they create. Tea light holders range from small, glass types to tall and chunky ceramic pieces – and anything in between. This makes changing the look of your table setting according to the celebration super simple. 

For something similar, why not try votives. They’re not large, but are longer than the short tea-light holders, so there’s generally a longer burn time on the candles. Their larger size also means they make more of an impact and often have pretty designs on the sides. These designs can reflect the aesthetic of your contemporary furniture

For example, some glass votives are shaped like lamps, so they’ll blend right in on a sidetable or dresser. At the base, you can arrange other glass ornaments, fairy-lights or smaller cut-glass tea-light holders

For lights that last longer, larger shapes can be displayed in unique hurricane lamps or lanterns, for an effect evocative of times gone by. What’s great about them is that they work inside and outside. Got a patio or outdoor dining area? Add some to enjoy magical evenings out in the fresh