Beautiful Candles That Double as Decor

Light up your space with these stylish accessories.

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February 22, 2018

For many people, it’s easy to classify themselves as optimists and pessimists, those who say they can do it or those who say they cannot. But for design lovers looking to breathe some literal new light into a space, there’s another “can” statement that trumps those others: candles.

Candles don’t just have to be the standard, glass or votive designs. They can also be works of art of their very own, adding a new point-of-view to a room that may need unexpected or quirky touches. Say "yes you can" to these 10 different, artistic candles.

1. Statement Peace

This can be a subtle nod to your favorite hand gesture or just your way of telling quarreling kids to “give peace a chance.” Either way, this makes a bold statement in a way that only art can. BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $40

2. True Colors

Happy, cheerful colors and bright, light top notes make an uplifting combination for both senses of sight and smell, especially after a long day. One quick light of a match and you’re transported, no passport required. BUY IT: Anthropologie, $24

3. Think Pink

Because less is more. Not everything has to be pretty in pink, so letting the bright hue give way to stark, contrasting white allows your favorite color to make a more mature, subtle appearance. BUY IT: Otherland, $36

4. Show Off

But for the record, sometimes more is indeed more. Take the peacock, for example. Sometimes you’ve just got to be you: loud and proud. And those who follow suit prove that birds of a feather flock together. BUY IT: Pier1, $16

5. Right Light

While earth-toned stone gives this candle a subtle, neutral appearance, its iridescent, metallic finish still adds some flashy edge. In life, it’s important to do both, so this candle really just kills two birds with one stone. BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $69-$149

6. Nautical Notes

Whether the weather outside is frightful or your view of the beach is delightful, a little beachy flair never hurt anybody. Adding a nautical piece to your pre-existing Americana color scheme can take the room to a whole new level. BUY IT: Target, $11

7. Set in Stone

Just consider this modern art. It might not be for everybody or fit in every room and space, but either way, it’s worth appreciating. BUY IT: Amazon, $23

8. Pop Champagne

Though not as exciting as hearing the cork pop from a new bottle of Champagne, opening a new candle can be a much-needed act of self-care. This one just so happens to combine the scent of bubbly with the relaxing relief of a new wick. BUY IT: Voluspa, $8

9. Making It Personal

Say what you need to say. These candles, which come in unique designs with personalized options, allow you to communicate exactly what you need, from the celebration of a special occasion to a gift that proclaims “I love you.” BUY IT: Etsy, $42

10. All Love

And when words just don’t work or can’t quite fit, symbols can do all of the talking. Let love lead the way with the help of a single, glowing heart and a mindful, charitable purchase. BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $20

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