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Candlestick holders: From coloured glass to pastel shades, tap into the trend with these styles

No longer the reserve of church altars, these statement pieces are having an interiors moment

Louise Whitbread
Monday 03 August 2020 08:39
Dress up your mantelpieces and windowsills with a colourful candlestick holder
Dress up your mantelpieces and windowsills with a colourful candlestick holder

Being cooped up during lockdown has meant many of us have turned our attention to interiors.

As many months spent working from home and limiting our social interactions, it’s inevitable that we’ve become tired of looking at the same four walls.

While we haven’t been able to dress up and go out, dressing up our home quickly became the next best thing.

However as new furniture and a complete makeover of any room can be costly, it’s home accessories we’re turning to to update our spaces, from design-led candles, abstract vases, tablescaping and now, candlestick holders.

Small but mighty, they can transform a dining table, mantelpiece or dresser as they re-emerge into the interiors world as beautiful pieces of decor, while still being functional.

They were once the hallmark of churches, but have now become a contemporary way to display our favourite tapered candlesticks, which we're stocking up on in rainbow hues and pastel shades by the bundle.

From minimal to decadent, there’s an endless stream of designs to shop, so we’ve handpicked our favourite styles that will add a unique touch to your humble abode.

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Colourful designs

This pastel pair of concrete candlestick holders (Etsy, £25) will introduce a summery colour palette to your dining room table, without obscuring your view of your guests.

Impress guests at your next dinner party with these handmade holders

Hand-poured in Glasgow, they’re sturdy, simple and going straight in our shopping baskets.

Singular candlestick holders are also proving popular and this mint green enamelware candle holder by Munder (Taylored Interiors, £14) is a great way to get on board with the trend.

Simple yet chic, we love this mint green style (Tailored Interiors )

The loop handle will come in handy if you plan on moving it room to room, depending on the occasion and the saucer will prove useful for any dripping wax.

We love this flare candle holder (Hay, £25), which is simple but still makes a colourful addition to your space. Buy them in different shades to mix and match across your table.

Scatter these across your table for a colourful update

Made from borosilicate glass with a tinted rim, they’re a minimalist’s dream.

If you’re shopping on a budget, try this petrol blue dipped candle holder (Rex London, £5.95).

The two-toned paintwork gives this holder a handmade feel

Looking far more expensive than it costs, it’s available in five colours; blue, mint green, baby pink, turquoise and petrol blue.

Give your dining table a statement makeover with this glass boho spice orange candle holder (Talking Tables, £14).

Upgrade your glassware with summery shades

While glass candle holders have long existed, colourful styles are fast becoming our favourite designs to shop as they add flare without being so bold they’ll overwhelm a patterned tablecloth, napkins or glassware.


Invite the animal kingdom into your home with this gold crocodile candle holder (Graham and Green, £35).

Make a statement with this hungry crocodile

When holding a tapered candlestick in its mouth, it makes a striking centrepiece that’s certainly a conversation starter.

If you’re planning to use your candlesticks as decoration only, this drip candle holder s gold (Trouva, £58.99) will create the effect of dripping wax with its decadent gold style.

Ditch dripping wax ruining your surfaces and opt for this gold version instead

It’s designed by Pascal Smelik who sees beauty in deformity, using what some may consider a mistake as an important part of his pieces.


H&M Home always delivers on affordable interiors, and we’ll definitely be stocking up on this tall metal candlestick (H&M, £8.99).

Snap this simple style up to embellish dining tables and dressers (H&M)

Adding height and a touch of luxury, this will be standing pride of place on our coffee table.

From budget-friendly to high-end, splash out on these Tom Dixon swirl stepped bookends and candlesticks (John Lewis & Partners, £225).

Big, bold and beautiful, decorate your bookshelves with this candle holder and bookend hybrid

Doubling up as both a candle holder and bookend with a small hole in the top of each piece, the Tetris style shapes are decorated with swirled paintwork that makes them a statement item, even without any candles in them.

Upgrade your interiors game with this Marsden white marble dinner candle holder (Habitat, £30) that’s chic but won't obstruct your guests' view.

There's nothing worse than a table decoration that guests have to keep leaning over. Compromise with this stylish circular style 

It’s an easy way to smarten up the dinner table and can be the perfect finishing touch to your tablescape design.

Adorn your home with jewels by investing in this Atelier Swarovski candle holder (Amara, £99).

Decadent? Yes. Bougiee? Yes. Essential? Also yes

Emulating some of Swarovski’s finest diamonds, it’s as close to the actual thing you can get and makes an intriguing home accessory.

For more interiors inspiration, read our guide to tablescaping here and our round-up of abstract vases here

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