Published on August 11, 2019

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Welcome to The Deep Dive, a series in which we search high and low for the best of the best in any decor-related category, from affordable lighting to vintage rugs. Next up: candleholders.

Some people aren’t happy until their homes are completely aglow with clusters of candles crowding every available surface. Others prefer a more pared-back approach: a single, elegant taper in the middle of a table. Wherever you fall on the shine spectrum, you can probably agree that the only thing more exciting than the actual candle itself is the vessel in which it’s displayed. 

They may be small, but candleholders are your chance to experiment. Choose a geometric silhouette to make even a white taper look cool and modern. Or try your hand at color-blocking, pairing a vibrant candle with an equally daring receptacle. We have a few—36 total, to be exact—pieces you’ll want to add to your collection.


If you can’t be trusted to keep plants alive, might we suggest bringing greenery home in a smaller (and less perishable) manner? 


Pair these blues with citron-hued candles for a powerful one-two punch of color. 


Whether it’s a terrazzo vessel or a glass holder with iridescent trim, you can’t go wrong with these sunny picks. 


Millennial pink isn’t dead, it’s just been busy taking over all our favorite candlesticks. 


Red can be tricky to decorate with, but these relatively tiny vessels offer the perfect way in. We recommend going tonal with your taper pairing—think: burgundy or maroon—to offset the bright hue. 


Brass and silver might be your typical candleholder materials, but these styles are far from traditional. 


When your base is this simple, choose a wild card for your taper. We’re loving Yves Klein Blue at the moment, and Amazon sells a set of cobalt candles for under $5. Hint, hint. 

Black and White

From Tom Dixon’s swirly masterpiece to a two-tone glass beauty, there’s nothing boring about these neutral options. 


For when you can’t pick just one color—don’t. 

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