Ambiance: Lighting & Candles


Lighting is very important to the ambiance in our homes. Whether it be lamp light or candlelight, it sets a certain mood. 

If you mainly depend on overhead lighting, don't any longer! Bring in the lamps. When it's dark outside, go into various rooms and turn on a few lamps, and you will immediately set a certain mood in your home.

In winter, lamps and candles are so pleasing when the wind is howling or snow is falling outside.


I had all these taper candles, but only two candle holders to put them in. So I looked in my bedroom closet and grabbed this jar and stuck them all in it. The more the merrier!

Then there's the candles on my coffee table.


You don't need anything fancy to gather your candles in. These are on a white platter. 

A candle by itself is pretty. But a grouping, I think, is gorgeous and much more impressive.

I also really like tiny lights in jars. Here are tiny lights in my bedroom along with two flickering candles.


This little vignette of lighting is on the dresser next to my bed.

Then there's this one. You've seen it before. The green jars were a purchase from Hobby Lobby a few years ago. Found on the clearance aisle.


These two green jars are on another dresser in my bedroom. I always have this one on when I read in bed.

For very little money, you can light up your home with candles and/or tiny lights in a jar.

I think you'll enjoy your rooms more if you have pay extra attention to the lighting.



39 comments

  1. Good morning Brenda, thank you for your daily posts and your homemaking tips. I am thoroughly enjoying this series on decorating. I have recently been adding candles to my décor and lighting them. They add so much ambience to a room.

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    1. Candles just makes one feel warm and cozy inside I think.

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  2. I so agree with you about lamp light. I prefer it to overhead lights anytime! It definitely sets the mood in the evening when we're beginning to wind down from our day. Can't stand bright overhead lights, even though we have them in all the rooms of our house. Most are ceiling fans, too, so that's all I use them for! Love following your decorating ideas! Has inspired me to look around and make some simple, but pleasing changes!

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    1. I have two ceiling fans with them, I just keep the light part turned off. I think dimmer lighting helps make you feel sleepy toward bedtime.

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  3. Love the idea of putting more than one candle in a pot, looks so much nicer, I would not have thought of doing that. I have seen the tiny strings of light in a store but they were so expensive, waiting for a sale! We do not have any overhead lights in the living area so are forced to use table lamps etc which I love, it really makes me relax rather than a bright ceiling light. Must mention the cow ornament next to your pot of candles, love it!

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    1. I don't have an overhead light in the living room and that's just as well because I wouldn't use it. I find tiny strings of light at Amazon.com usually.

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  4. I love your mini lights in your green glass container; I have one in a pink glass container on my kitchen counter - so soothing. I especially loved your very creative way to use long stick candles, twirling them in the jar to illuminate your sweet cow!

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    1. I kind of twirled the candles on a whim.

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  5. I liked this post. It was a good reminder to light my candles more often. You are right, it certainly adds ambience.

    Another great thing I do is burn essential oils. I love how it scents the house. I purchased my burners and tea light candles at WalMart years ago. I also purchase scented oil from them. I like the ones that smell exotic the best, but Jasmine is my second favorite. I have tried the plug ins, but the scented oil is much better in my opinion.

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    1. So important to do these little things for ourselves even when we're alone. ESPECIALLY when we're alone!

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  6. I love the candles in the jar, how unique and pretty.

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  7. I agree, overhead lighting is too harsh. I prefer lamps, I have several beautiful stained glass ones that I especially enjoy using. They provide me with task lighting for reading a book or doing my needlework and while enjoying the glow of the many colors of the glass.
    Candles are so wonderful, I have them everywhere in my home.I use a number of the Luminara brand battery operated ones set on timers, so I never have to walk into a dark room.
    Others I operate with a remote, so I can adjust the level of light without getting out of my chair, or bed when I want to do so.
    You have shown us so many new ways to use candles, like the muffin tin early this week. Thank you for being so clever, creative and most of all for sharing with us.
    Snuggles to the pupsters
    Have a WONDERFUL day !

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    1. Leslie Aven - I LOVE the idea of remote battery operated candles! Where can I get those?????? Marilyn @ Pink Paper Cottage

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    2. QVC IS A SOURCE, WAIT FOR SHOWS THEY ARE CHEAPER THEN.
      EBAY IS A GREAT SOURCE. BESIDES THE CANDLES ALONE, THEY HAVE A VARIETY OF LANTERNS . . I HAVE ABOUT 20 LANTERNS IN DIFFERENT STYLES AND COLORS. I LOVE BEING ABLE TO PUT THEM EVERYWHERE (outside versions too ) AND NEVER WORRY. THE BEAUTY OF THE "Flames" WITHOUT ANY OF THE WORRY. LUMINARA IS A BRAND AS WELL AS A TYPE OF CANDLE, I ONLY GET THE BRAND VERSIONS.

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    3. Thank you Leslie! I do love QVC! I'm glad you found my blog too! Marilyn

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  8. it's why I love rainy and stormy days.
    my mother always said... "time to light the corners."
    there was always lamplight. I grew up loving it and still do.
    candles however I have had to forego. there is something in the making of them that makes my eyes water and my nose stuffy. the scented ones give an even worse reaction. I hate that but have come to live with it. I can't even go into a candle store!
    the only ones I don't have a bad reaction to are beeswax candles! and they are very expensive.
    but I still have my wonderful lamplight!

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  9. I could not agree more! I light candles all of the time, even during the day while I am working. But my favorite time for candles in is the Fall and Winter when the days are short. I light a huge tray of them at 4:30 to make the house cosy when it gets dark earlier.

    As for lamps, I have tons of lamps because thankful most of the rooms in the house do not have overhead lights, except the kitchen and the baths. I did add chandeliers to the keeping room and to the dining room but that is all there is.

    Thanks for the great idea of the taper candles in the jar! I love it.

    Have a great day!

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    1. What a great idea! Set a time to light them.

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  10. We actually don't have any overhead lighting in our house except for the kitchen, as we have a ceiling fan with lights. "Someday" though, I would like to have recessed lighting put in the ceiling in our kitchen and living room (connected). Otherwise, I definitely prefer lamps for reading and because it makes a room cozier.

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    1. Sometimes I have to turn on an overhead light to take a photo because my apartment is kind of dark.

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  11. This was a great post. I smiled to myself when I saw all those candles in a jar. Fantastic. We are always burning candles. And I agree with the one lady about the lamp rings you can buy and put essential oils in. It's all adds to a warm and comforting home.

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    1. I'm going to remember the essential oils too.

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  12. Thank you Brenda! Lighting is something I definitly need help with. I love fairy lights in a container like you've done!

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    1. You can find the little lights at Amazon.com.

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    2. Hi Brenda~

      I think candles just make everything prettier . . . especially in the fall and winter when you just need a little pick me up. I have to be careful about scented candles, some of them are just too overwhelming. I really like the little lights in the jar, they are very pretty!

      Again, you have given me some great ideas for fall decorating.

      Hugs,
      Barb

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    3. Well, even though I don't have pumpkins in my decorating, I'm very glad you got some ideas for fall.

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  13. I love your tiny lights so much. I have candles in groupings everywhere as I've added over the years. I don't use real candles anymore since I almost had a serious fire with a candle catching a curtain sheer. I use the ones with timers which is fabulous. Costco sells them at a good price. Because of the timers, the batteries really last.

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    1. My daughter goes to Costco a lot. Maybe I'll ask to go with her.

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  14. I love the tapers in a jar! Perfect!

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  15. Such a pretty post and I agree completely, love ambient light, not overhead light. If an overhead light is on in our house, except for the bathroom and even there I have a pretty lamp, then you know a woman didn't turn it on!

    I adore candles too, year round. My daughter-in-law, who is an expert on living healthily with essential oils, tells me that candles are bad for you, that burning one is like smoking a cigarette. I've taken all her advice on oils except for that one. I clean with natural products and essential oils and diffuse essential oils and use them in my cooking but I have to have my candles even if it means it's like one cigarette a day! Better than having a nervous breakdown from no candles!

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    1. Candles don't bother me. But I do know that beeswax candles are supposed to be better. They're expensive though.

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  16. Thank you for the reminder, Brenda, that it is time to start lighting the candles. I LOVE candlelight and in the Fall and around the holidays, I have little votives all over the house... love the flicker of them. The several candles in the jar.. great idea! And I remember seeing your votives in a muffin tin, and just wrote myself a note to do that. I have tons of "extra" muffin tins. My hubby has a "thing" for them I think, and keeps bringing more home from the thrift store! or does he want me to make muffins???? ha....... and love the idea from Leslie of remote battery operated candles... and your idea of the tiny lights in a colored jar. I've written down a bunch of these ideas... and now to implement them as we move into Fall. Still hotter than you know what here but expecting rain tomorrow hopefully. Probably the first time in 5 months! Marilyn

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  17. Since you were mentioning lamps here, Brenda, I have to add this - always purchase two identical lamps when you buy lamps. Perhaps you have decided to buy one lamp, but by purchasing two of a kind you will get more wear out of your purchase. You will find many more decorative uses over the years by having "twins"!

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  18. Brenda, those taper candles all together in the glass jar are so pretty! You are indeed a resourceful gal. Now I want some taper candles.

    I've never liked overhead lighting, either. Except in my kitchen. It's the only way in that room that I can see what I'm doing. All other rooms have lamps. I don't light candles real often as I seem not to have many right now. I'll have to ask for some for Christmas. They'll be affordable gifts for the kids to buy me!

    This is a nice post on lighting, Brenda. And the photos are beautiful. Thanks for the eye-sweets!

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  19. Love the tall taper candles in the jar.. Beautiful and such a great idea. Thank you for sharing.. Love your blog.

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