THE IN-TRAY

How to match candles to your decor style (because yes, we’ve all bought a candle because it looks good)

YOUR CHOICE OF CANDLE SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT YOU, SO WE SOUGHT EXPERT ADVICE ON STYLING THEM IN VARIOUS INTERIORS. THESE CANDLES SPARK JOY WHETHER THEY’RE BURNING OR NOT.

If you want a minimalist take on maximalism

French fragrance brand Diptyque is known for its straight-lined simplicity and restrained classicism (not to mention its olfactory innovation). Although they tend to err on the side of more pared back designs, their latest collection brings a bit more colour and movement; it’s a celebration of the brand’s graphic heritage, specifically the oval shape you see on all their fragrances. In this limited-edition collection, Dancing Ovals, the oval bursts into colour and its strong, black lines unfold, vibrate and come to life in a playful, hypnotic way. Included in this collection is Baies,Figuier and Roses, all embossed with the striking limited-edition design. Place one (or all of them) on your mantle for the perfect pop of colour amongst your minimal décor.

If you’re a fan of baroque flourishes

Fornasetti is known for its fantastical ceramic vessels, adorned with surreal artworks from Italian artist Piero Fornasetti and crowned with playful lids. “Fornasetti’s designs sit well in eclectic spaces with lots of colour and pattern,” says Joseph Gardner, style editor of Vogue Living. When combining these ornate candles with other elements, Daminato suggests taking direction from the vivid vessel itself. “A small stack of linen covered books is the perfect base,” she says. “Add handmade ceramics and small flowers or foliage, but allow the candle to be the moment in that grouping.” Alternatively, you could counter the florid Fornasetti design by placing it in a more subdued setting. Unsurprisingly, these candles make stellar gifts.

You’re a all-black everything devotee

If the LBD is your all-time favourite garment, you might be drawn to Byredo’s candles that marry dark glass and dusky wax. Diptyque has similar options, too. “Byredo is the absolutely anywhere and everywhere candle,” says Gardner. The brand’s library-inspired Bibliotheque is calling out for a book pairing, while Cottin Poplin would be fun in a laundry or a walk-in wardrobe. No matter a candle’s shade, Gardner subscribes to some styling fundamentals. “Candles should be treated like any other decorative object and I always like to group things in odd numbers,” he adds. “I combine objects of varying height, shape and size.”

If you’re into vintage style in a big way

History buffs would be tempted by Buly 1803 candles. With their marble bases, glass cloches and literary inspirations, they resemble artefacts from a bygone era. “I would group these with other marble or stone accessories,” says Daminato. The shield-like label calls for dramatic flowers such as “anemones in deep purple or maroon. I would add a modern expressionist painting from Antonia Mrljak.” Or a Napoleonic bust. “I’d love to see these on a mantle, coffee table, desk or among books and other objects in a book shelf,” says Gardner. Fussy types will relish the bell topper, which prevents dust from settling on the wax.

If you like to make a statement

If you believe that size matters when it comes to candles, you’re in luck. Le Labo’s enormous concrete candle is made from recycled stone dust, weighs 1.2 kilograms, and offers 150+ hours of burn time. It’s quite the statement: bold, beefy, industrial. “This would look great on a kitchen bench, in a bathroom or any space with a focus on texture,” says Gardner. Diptyque also has mammoth options. The French brand prefers porcelain pots in hues that evoke the scent, including fig, tuberose and rose. They can be deployed in both indoor and outdoor spaces, and are ideal for scenting your next rollicking dinner party.

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