The latest candle trends are fun, arty – and way too pretty to light

Noticed that your Instagram feed has become inundated with candles recently? Us too, but we’re not talking your classic candle in a glass jar – oh no, the latest trends make art out of candles, ultimately resulting in candles far too pretty to ever be lit.

Given we’ve been at home for nearly 12 months now, it’s no surprise we’re redirecting our expendable income from clothes and shoes to homeware. Date nights now take place in the home, causing sales of tapered candlesticks to rise by 105 per cent at compared to this time last year.

But it’s not just candlesticks – the latest candle trends are fun and whimsical: think cloud candles, twisted candles and candles of all shapes, sizes and forms (how about one that looks exactly like a lemon?). With nowhere to go, fashion influencers are just as likely to snap and post a picture of their coffee table (complete with artsy candles) these days as they are their outfit.

Pillar candles and tea lights have also been popular at John Lewis lately, with sales up 110 per cent, while total searches for ‘candles’ are up 83 per cent year on year.

If you’ve been having a go at tablescaping (making your dinner table, coffee table or even bedside table look as aesthetically pleasing as possible), you’re going to want to add these candles to your online basket ASAP.

9 brands serving up the latest candle trends (that are too pretty to light)

Lex Pott

Lex Pott candle

Lex Pott Twist Candle, £28.99, Trouva

Lex Pott’s twisty candles put a whole new meaning on ‘burning the candle at both ends’. Available in rainbow of stylish colours and seen in the home of influencer Lucy Williams.

Spanish Wax Co

bubble square candle
Spanish Wax Co.

Violet Lavender Bubble, £14.99, Spanish Wax Co.

The tactile nature of these scented square bubble candles are extremely pleasing. We also love Spanish Wax Co.’s cloud candles and ‘Manhattan’ candles.

John Lewis

bamboo pillar candle
John Lewis

House by John Lewis Bamboo Unscented Candle, £8, John Lewis

The design of this candle has been inspired by the shape of bamboo – it looks great paired with House by John Lewis’s Wobble Dusty Candle.

Wax Atelier

twisty candle
Wax Atelier

Twisted Candle, £13.50, Wax Atelier

When lit, this chic twisted beeswax candle releases the gentle aroma of matcha tea and honey.

Ellis Home Studios

shell candle
Ellis Home Studios

The Sandalwood & Vanilla Shell, £20, Ellis Home Studios

Bring the beach vibes to you with Ellis Home Studios’s shell-shaped scented candles – also available in lime green, bubblegum pink and orange.


tapered candlestick

Orange Blossom, £14, Bable

London-based Bable’s hand-painted tapered candlesticks have been spotted all over social media. Currently all sold out, but a restock is planned 28 February – mark your calendars.

Peach Fuzz

lemon candle
Peach Fuzz

Single Lemon, £8.50, Peach Fuzz

We love the idea of combining a handful of Peach Fuzz’s scented lemon candles with some of the peach and strawberry candles to create a waxy fruit bowl (that will smell great whether you light them or not).


pillar candle

Soleil – Tequila Sunrise, £16, MAZA

If you can’t decide whether you love MAZA’s multicolour dip-dyed pillar or tapered dinner candles more, you’ve time to decide as a full restock of the site is coming soon.

Orla Kiely

Oral Kiely snail candle

Orla Kiely Home Snail Moulded Candle, £21.50 (was £26), Allbeauty

Homeware design stalwart Orla Kiely’s familiar whimsical snail design is brought to waxy life in this rose, geranium and eucalyptus scented moulded candle.