nterior designers love to wax lyrical about moodenhancing lighting, but if you really want to set the scene this winter, a scented candle can be a quickfire way to create a cosy – or sensual – ambience. Whether you’re styling a mantelpiece, laying the table for a dinner party, or simply want to make the downstairs loo more inviting – think how boutique hotels manage to make their ladies’ rooms that much more luxe, with a decadently dark wall paint, plush hand soap and the flickering flame of a three-wick candle – a well-chosen candle might be the perfect finishing touch.
“Candles are the most ancient form of artificial light, adding instant warmth and atmosphere to a room. Whether you choose giant churchy cylinders, thin tapers or mini tea lights, their display potential is limitless,” says The White Company’s founder Chrissie Rucker.
Here’s how to make scent a seasonal statement this winter... WITH the festive season in full swing and twinkling Christmas trees fringing shop windows, there’s no reason to hold back when you can start sprucing up your space with this glitzy candle crowned with a gold fir. Sweet mandarin studded with zesty grapefruit will boost the mood. If you’re planning to top place settings with glassware, crystal and trinkets and don’t want the fuss of a candelabra, the tender flame of a tea light is a godsend – especially if you don’t want guests fighting for attention over your favourite centrepiece.