Candles and Interior Design
Candles create the perfect atmosphere in the home and gives off the needed ambience in the living area and the bedroom. The use of candles for interior design helps encased a romantic feel to any room; with flickering lights and the aromatic scents to give any room a sense of life and bursting passions. It gives dramatic impact, to make a room look cozy and inviting. The visual appeal of candles set the right mood, luxurious feel, holistic wellness, and romance in the air.
Candles can aesthetically complement the decor of any room. They light up a large space with just flickers of subdued light. Unique candles encased in either wicker, wrought iron, metal and glass can give any room a sense of style and elegance. The aroma that they give off, depicts the personality of the homeowner – vanilla and lime essences for a country feel ambience; and musky and flowery scents to connote a sense of romance and style.
Candles as interior decor can be used even if the homeowner is on a limited budget. There are many inexpensive aromatic candles that can be bought for a few dollars. These are found in several online stores and local retail outlets in the area. There are many decorative candle designs that you can choose from: pillar, totem types, column, decorative or scented candles.
Candle Making as Alternative Option
Candles have been a part of man since ancient times. Some have used it for emergency lighting and as decorative tools for the family home. Making candles is fairly easy to do. It will need a few basic ingredients, tools and equipment. There are many types of candles; but basic candle making remains the same. The basic guidelines are as follows:
1. Candle making safety – these would include safety tips like: never leave burning candles unattended, flammable materials should not be placed near the flames, use of candle holders, keeping matches and candles out of reach of children and many others.
2. Candle Making Techniques – perfecting the candles may need a lot of experiments and testing. Beginners are advised to keep track on their work outputs to avoid making the same mistakes again. There is need to keep a log on the following:
- The source of the materials that are used. This includes the manufacturer’s name on the labels of every material – wax, fragrances, wick, wick holders, dyes, pigments, containers and other ingredients.
- The quantity of the product used and tracking time for cooling and addition of materials into the mixture.
- Imperfections that may be observed – cracks, air bubbles, discoloration and others.
- Effect of scents on the mix as to subtlety or potency. There should be clear observations on the intensity of the scents during burning time since it may lose its scent once burned.
- Careful observation of the burning time of the candle. How long it last and the quality of flicker for each time. There is need to observe the flame – whether big, small, or if it drowns in wax or smokes.
- Testing should be done in smaller batches to save on materials and supplies.
The most important aspect in candle making is the test-run. If the candles are to be used personally, a test run may not be necessary. However, if the intention is to sell it, then market testing is needed. There is need to test the products with friends and neighbors and ask to get feedback from them. Comments should be made by them as regards the color, scent, look, and pricing before you offer the products for sale.