Ambiance. Atmosphere. These are words that describe how a room feels, what type of mood it projects. When trying to create the perfect ambiance for your Spanish style home, try using candles in decorating.
While you may be trying to create a specific atmosphere or mood when burning candles, it is important to keep these safety tips in mind when using candles in decorating.
- Don’t place them too close to flammable fabrics, paper, or on wooden furniture.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Blow all candles out before falling asleep if you have them in your bedroom.
- Be sure candles are out of the reach of pets and children.
Part of the appeal of a Spanish style house is the way it feels. There’s an old world charm that lends itself to simple, yet elegant, decorating. Multiple layers of texture add to the atmosphere of the home. Stucco walls in a light earth tone, hard terra cotta tiles on the floor, and beautiful wrought iron that is used in a multitude of ways. Add to those items Native American blankets, animal skin rugs, and sheer white fabrics to keep the sun’s glare out.
Wrought iron chandeliers are common in Spanish style homes. These can be electrical or can be used with candles. Be sure to use tins or something to catch the wax if you use candles in your chandelier. This will keep the mess down to a minimum and will help with safety.
Candles have been used for centuries within Spanish style homes. Combine the black of wrought iron wall sconces with the cream colored taper candles for a throw-back to years gone by. Not only can they be used to create a mood by keeping lights dim, they can also give the illusion of a fire in your favorite fireplace without heating up your home on a warm summer night.
Try using candles in decorating by placing them in varying sizes on a mirrored table. The glow of the candles will reflect off the mirror and provide light and warmth for the room. They may also give a romantic glow if this idea is used on a smaller scale on a candlelit dinner table.
For a bedroom, find scented candles to light when you want to set a romantic mood. They can also be lit and placed around a bathtub to make you feel like you’re at an expensive spa.
Using candles in decorating your Spanish style house makes sense. Candles provide light when the electricity goes out. They help set the mood when you’re ready for romance. More than anything, they are a great way to stay true to the style of your home while providing another light source.