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 johnlewis.com 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’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
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.
When lit, this chic twisted beeswax candle releases the gentle aroma of matcha tea and honey.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Homeware design stalwart Orla Kiely’s familiar whimsical snail design is brought to waxy life in this rose, geranium and eucalyptus scented moulded candle.