Bathing your home in candlelight sounds like an expensive, opulent endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s actually one of the most cost-effective ways to bring atmosphere to your space whether you’re entertaining, or dining solo on a cheese platter. As such, I decided to stock an otherwise empty, decorative 3-drawer dresser in our living room with a generous supply of tealights, votives and taper candles. Plus, it’s nice to have one designated place you can get to in the dark for emergency candles in a power outage! Plain, unscented candles made from quality wax do not cost a fortune, and having these drawers full of them allows me to feel like I can use candlelight lavishly around our house every evening.
Of course, scented candles are another matter altogether, and something I dearly love and hoard, but I really just restrict these to the other spaces in the house away from the kitchen and dining areas because strong perfumes can interfere with the aromas from the kitchen. I try to light at least a few votives on the kitchen counter every night when I’m cooking, and then enjoy dinner with a little flicker of candlelight. When it’s not wood-burning fireplace season, I still like to get a little glow from the hearth with my “summertime fireplace.” On the weekends, I place tealights all around in various holders and the overall affect of using candles in abundance helps to bring a restorative, relaxed and beautiful ambiance to our home.