Tips for styling antique candlesticks & candelabra

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The French say that lighting is essential to the character of any room and one of their favourite elements to achieve this (besides a chandelier, of course) is candlesticks and candelabra. These elegant items of illumination, originally designed for utilitarian purposes, have come full circle to become pieces of timeless decor jewellery in any modern home.

Whether antique candelabra and candlesticks are placed on a mantlepiece in the entrance hall, are used to adorn an elaborate dining room table or are styled on a marble or granite top in the bathroom, there’s a perfect spot for one (or more) of these decorative accessories in any room of your home.

If you are looking to add a little irresistible allure and layering to your design story, then antique candelabra or vintage candlesticks are just the ticket.  

Drama in the dining room 

The romantic glow of a timeless candelabra is the perfect addition when creating an intimate setting and adding instant tablescaping drama. As friends and family gather around, your dining room table becomes the perfect setting to display your antique candelabra showpiece.

Antique candlesticks and candelabra in Dining room

Antique or vintage candlesticks quickly become a simple way of stealing the show in any dining space. Juxtaposed at varying heights, they give a fanciful, playful touch in a more casual setting. To soften a more formal and sophisticated vignette, flank candlesticks on either side of a floral arrangement.

Grouping candlesticks or candelabra on a table or sideboard adds a bold focal point and elaborate drama to a dining room. And placing them at an equal distance from each other brings about a sense of balance to the room.

Accents in the entrance hall

If you want to give guests a moment of welcome pause as they enter your home and transport them to a  simpler time, then a well-placed antique candelabrum in your entrance hall will achieve this. 

While it may be tempting to place candelabra across your entire home it is always wise to practise a little design restraint and position them in a less cluttered setting where a romantic flourish is needed. (These decorative lovelies deserved to be noticed). No matter what your personal preference – gilded, crystal, silver, wrought-iron, cast-iron, brass or wooden – we have over 100 candlesticks and candelabra to choose from.

Antique candlesticks in entrance hall

A pair of matching candlesticks placed on either side of a mantel in the entrance hall creates a functional framework for a circular mirror – giving the space a sense of harmony and balance.

Beauty in the bathroom

Bathrooms are fast becoming designer spaces where vintage whimsy and antique items are being highlighted. Cue a collage of antique candlesticks and silver objets d’ art to create a haven of relaxation. (Candles have always been the go-to when scripting a restful and romantic spa-like setting).  

Create a captivating glow as you bask in the tub by scattering candlesticks around the bath or placing a candelabrum on a chest of drawers. These personal touches add warmth, history and charm to an often neglected and traditionally utilitarian space. 

Candelabra and candlesticks in the bathroom

Choice at the Crown Collection

The key to a beautiful space is mixing and matching a few carefully chosen antique or vintage pieces in a modern interior. This makes a trip to The Crown Collection your ideal starting point. Even Decor & Design SA agree: “We love a beautiful layered interior – one that tells a story and combines unique and timeless pieces with a few modern twists. Using antiques is often a great way to add depth and a classic touch to your space. The Crown Collection has a splendid array of timeless furniture items to add old-world charm to any interior.”

And when it comes to accessorising with antique candlesticks or candelabra, we have everything from French-inspired to Gothic designs to add the perfect touch to any style and any setting. From 22-karat gold gilded torchieres to Art Deco candlesticks and silver-plated candelabras, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

As South Africa’s largest emporium of handpicked vintage and antique furniture, we have a vast array of one-of-a-kind antique pieces to add undisputed elegance to your home (plus, we deliver to your door).

Visit our studio at 20 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston or shop online.