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Trend Alert: Taper Candles in Surprising Hues

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Trend Alert: Taper Candles in Surprising Hues

October 8, 2021

As part of my ongoing quest for more candles in my day-to-day life, I recently stocked up on a selection of colorful tapers—in cantaloupe, cerulean, and chartreuse—from Sugar Tools in Camden, Maine. I must have been subliminally inspired by the candles in bright hues appearing all over the place lately.

Set in antique candlesticks, on the table, or on a mantel, a pair of colorful tapers adds an element of surprise and playfulness (and an inexpensive, commitment-free dose of color).

Take a look:

a low commitment contrast: we like this simple tangerine colored taper in an ot 9
Above: A low-commitment contrast: We like this simple tangerine-colored taper in an otherwise cool-toned kitchen. Photograph from Inigo: A New Agency to Put on Your Real Estate Stalking List.
ballet pink tapers and an antique candelabra are an unexpected pairing in desig 10
Above: Ballet-pink tapers and an antique candelabra are an unexpected pairing in designer Cassandra Ellis’ London living room. Photograph via Cassandra Ellis from Expert Advice: Developing Style.
a single green taper beside a bundle of greens makes for a moody vignette; see  11
Above: A single green taper beside a bundle of greens makes for a moody vignette; see more in A Rising-Star Architect Casts Her Own Brooklyn Townhouse in Pinks, Greens, and Grays. Photography by Hagan Hinshaw of Blurry Hinge, courtesy of Shapeless Studio.
colorful candles, maximalist edition: a gathering of brightly hued tapers adds  12
Above: Colorful candles, maximalist edition: A gathering of brightly hued tapers adds a whimsical touch to a lush outdoor tablescape. Photograph via Nomibis from A Moveable Feast: Two French Shop Owners’ Whimsical, Always-Changing House in Reims.
this coral candle atop a similarly colored sideboard demonstrates a minimal ton 13
Above: This coral candle atop a similarly colored sideboard demonstrates a minimal tone-on-tone approach. Photograph courtesy of Johanne Landbo and @femte.til.venstre from Femte Til Venstre: A Danish Couple’s Thoughtfully Appointed 1927 Townhouse in Copenhagen.
a persimmon candle takes center stage in the eclectic, layered living room of w 14
Above: A persimmon candle takes center stage in the eclectic, layered living room of writer Lisa Przystup. See more in Upstate Update: A Writer’s “Layered,” Eclectic Catskills Farmhouse; photograph by Christian Harder via Rip & Tan.
at maison de la luz: a luxe new guesthouse in new orleans, by atelier ace, a pa 15
Above: At Maison de la Luz: A Luxe New Guesthouse in New Orleans, by Atelier Ace, a pair of bright blue candles grace a bedside table. Photograph by Stephen Kent Johnson.
and another from a danish couple’s thoughtfully appointed \19\27 townhouse in 16
Above: And another from A Danish Couple’s Thoughtfully Appointed 1927 Townhouse in Copenhagen: a pale peach candle in the bedroom.
plum candles make for an instantly festive table. photograph by ajiri aki from  17
Above: Plum candles make for an instantly festive table. Photograph by Ajiri Aki from How to Throw a Party the French Way.
and a favorite: yves beeswax candles in an old fashioned vintage candleholder,  18
Above: And a favorite: Yves Beeswax Candles in an old-fashioned vintage candleholder, spotted in Elevated Kitsch in Matilda Goad’s Granny-Chic Larder. Photograph courtesy of Inigo.
peachy pink tapers illuminate a snug breakfast nook at kettle&#8\2\17;s yar 19
Above: Peachy pink tapers illuminate a snug breakfast nook at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, UK. Photograph by Alexa Hotz from 12 Design Lessons from Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.
an appealing shock of color comes from a pair of pink tapers in a whimsical edw 20
Above: An appealing shock of color comes from a pair of pink tapers in A Whimsical Edwardian in the South of England. Photograph by David Gibbons, courtesy of Max Rollitt.
a rust candle by the bedside adds just enough color. photograph by jonathan pil 21
Above: A rust candle by the bedside adds just enough color. Photograph by Jonathan Pilkington and styling by Alexa Hotz from A Modern Fairy-Tale Told in 800 Square Feet: Sandeep Salter’s Family Apartment.
an all blue room calls for blue tapers, too. photograph by rory gardiner from b 22
Above: An all-blue room calls for blue tapers, too. Photograph by Rory Gardiner from Blue Period: An English Manor House Channels Picasso.

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