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Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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.

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