Setting the Mood with Candles & Lanterns
Decorating + Inspiration

Setting the Mood with Candles & Lanterns

The flickering glow of candlelight from a lantern sets a feeling of calm that lightbulbs can’t match. As the evenings get longer, now is the perfect time to hold onto the warmth of that natural light and update your style. Here are a few unexpected and creative ways to incorporate candles into your home décor!

Setting the Mood with Candles & Lanterns


The Heart of the Home
Do your guests tend to gather in the kitchen with you at dinner parties? A simple pillar holder on the counter, like our classic Arlington Pillar Holder, can add a touch of style and ambience to the room. Set out a cheese platter with a candle or two while you chat, or if you’re prepping dinner for yourself on a weeknight, have fun with it! Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favorite music and light those candles. Unscented candles work best here so you can savor the flavors of the meal, and if you’re looking for something that requires even less time and attention, you’ll love our gorgeous Premium Flickering Flameless Wax Pillar Candles.



Ready to unwind at the end of a long day? Lighting a few candles and running a hot bubble bath should top your nightly to-do list. Get serious about your relaxation and make that glowing candlelight a permanent part of your routine with a wall-mounted votive holder, like our timeless Circles Wall-Mount Votive Holder. A statement piece over the tub or a pair of sconces by the mirror, like our Artisanal Wall-Mount Candleholders, is a dramatic way to add some shine and update the look of your bath.




The Nose Knows
A fresh, seasonal fragrance can change the energy of a room. Experiment with different scents around your home to find your favorite scent profile for every space. Sea breezes and florals transport your living room to a tropical resort, while a warm vanilla in the spare room makes guests feel welcome. It doesn’t need to be dark out to enjoy them; light one whenever you need a little pick-me-up!




Light Up Summer Nights
Have a green thumb? When you refresh the planters on your front porch or back patio with new annuals, give them a quick rearrangement and add some statement pieces to the mix, like our stunning Caleb Lanterns. A sprinkling of lovely lanterns will light the way to your door and extend the sunset glow into the garden long after dusk. Our Flickering Flameless Candles are a good choice here, as well; put them on a timer and never forget to light them again, and they’ll keep shining even in the summer mist and wind.

What’s your favorite way to decorate with candles and lanterns? Tell us in the comments below!


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About the Author

Pia is a copywriter for Pottery Barn. When she’s not rearranging sentences — or the furniture — you’ll find her at a concert, on a backroad with the top down, or cross-stitching in front of the TV.


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