The Orgasm Gap: ‘We have this frustrating myth that sex is easy and innate’

Aoife Drury

Single parenting in a pandemic: ‘I cry alone in the car so the kids don’t...

Lia Hynes

Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know

IMAGE

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?

Lynn Enright

All your favourite brands now make loungewear — these are the chicest of the bunch

Holly O'Neill

Clever (and totally reversible) home updates to transform your space

Megan Burns

There was meant to be a sixth and final episode of ‘It’s A Sin’ set...

Lauren Heskin

Grown-up gingham: how to wear it without looking like Bo Peep

Erin Lindsay

Image / Living / Interiors

Embrace the darker evenings with these 6 gorgeous candle holders


by Megan Burns
12th Oct 2020

Don’t mourn the shorter days, lean into the cosy evenings they provide by using candles to create a relaxing mood in your home.


Like many people, when I start to notice the shortening days in autumn, my first reaction is dismay. You grow used to summer evenings where the light lingers for hours, that ‘grand stretch’ that we’re all so fond of.

So of course it’s a little sad when the reverse happens, daylight becoming increasingly sparse. But after about a week of alarm, I always start to remember all the things I like about dark autumn evenings. That nip in the air that means it’s definitely time to root out your warm coat. Not feeling like you’re missing out when you’re too tired to do much after work. And best of all, that unrivalled contentment of a cosy night in.

Having candles (and candle holders to put them in) around your home is an instant way to create a calm, cosy mood, and whether you prefer low-key tealights or the drama of a dinner candle, there are plenty of gorgeous vessels available at the moment to turn your candles into a real feature. Here are six that we love.

candle holders

Even one or two tealights glinting through glass will make a room feel warmer and more welcoming.

The irregular texture of this tealight holder will create varied patterns of light and shadow, and its warm colour means it will add something to your room, even when the candle is not lit. Tealight holder with irregular edge, €9.99, Zara Home.

candle holders

Another candle holder that can be a feature during the day, this clever one will hold a dinner candle, but its bowl base can be filled with anything from succulents, to seasonal foliage, to small stones or trinkets.

An easy way to add a personal touch to your shelf or table centrepiece. Orbital Candle Holder, from €16, Article.

candle holders

If you prefer something minimal and unobtrusive, then this candle holder is ideal. Made from raw iron, it will add a subtle industrial edge. Raw Iron Wing Candleholder, €5, April & the Bear.

Simple enough that they wouldn’t feel out of place on your table everyday, these handmade candle holders are wonderfully understated. Handmade Stoneware Candle Holder, around €13, Rowen & Wren.

candle holders

Long candles are a great way to add height to a table or shelf, and this metal candle holder is particularly tall, adding extra impact. Its geometric shape will also add a contemporary feel. Tall metal candlestick, €9.99, H&M.

There’s a touch of the traditional in this scalloped design, but the white porcelain keeps it from feeling too fussy.

Available from October 22, it’s part of Søstrene Grene’s Christmas drop, but we’d be happy having it around all year long. Porcelain candleholder, €6.28, Søstrene Grene.


Read more: Our favourite cosy interiors buys from the autumn drops (for under €100)

Read more: Seven things to know before choosing a wallpaper

Read more: A creative renovation of a Wexford dormer bungalow into a light and bright family home

Also Read

house for sale Rathmines
PROPERTY
This charming terraced house in Rathmines is for sale for €1.25 million

Built in distinctive Dolphin's Barn yellow brick, this house for sale in Rathmines has been under the same ownership for almost 45 years and it has been lovingly maintained.

By Lauren Heskin

CULTURE
Trying to write a novel? Marian Keyes can help with that

Get tips and tricks from the women herself For any...

By Jennifer McShane

INTERIORS
This 30-day declutter challenge will get your living space in shape

‘Get Organized with The Home Edit’ is trending on Netflix...

By Katie Byrne

rural homes for sale
PROPERTY
3 picture-perfect rural homes around the country for under €100,000

These super cute cottages make a great case for a life in the countryside.

By Megan Burns

INTERIORS
Six tips for kid-friendly design in your home from a couple who’ve been there

Creating a home that allows your family to grow and...

By Lauren Heskin

pastel bedroom
INTERIORS
Get the look: an earthy pastel bedroom full of contrasting textures

If you want to give your bedroom a pastel-toned makeover, take inspiration from this gorgeously curated space.

By Megan Burns

LIVING
8 engrossing Netflix picks worth binge-watching on a cold weekend evening

By Jennifer McShane

CULTURE
What’s on this week: February 8-11

In need of ideas on how to spend your evenings this week? Here are our TV and movie picks, streaming site additions, new books and podcasts, and live events to keep up with.

By Lauren Heskin