Looking for beautiful, stylish decorating ideas with flameless candles? In this post, we’ll show you how to display flameless candles throughout your space in ways that are classy, elegant and fun.
Decorating Ideas with Flameless Candles
Want to know a secret a designer once shared with me? The number one mistake people make when decorating with flameless candles (or any candles for that matter):
leaving them all alone.
Unless your decor theme is very minimal and modern, you’ll want to use more than one flameless candle throughout your decor.
Very minimal decor can benefit from at least two candles grouped together (as shown in the photo above). Although, it may feel a little sparse and thus more decor items should be used.
If you want to use just one candle, you’ll want to have it surrounded by additional decor items for the best look.
To understand this concept further, consider tulip bulbs. One tulip by itself looks kind of blah. But lots and lots of tulips together can be quite the display.
What are the best flameless candles to use in your home? The best flameless candles look just like their real wax counterparts. They have moving flame pieces or they provide a soft flickering movement of light.
Flameless candles come in all shapes and sizes as well as different colors. From large electric Christmas candles to cute little faux tealights, there’s a wide range of flameless candles to pick from for your decor.
Here are some of our favorite designer inspired ways to decorate with flameless candles for maximum impact:
Hurricanes are an easy way to add dimension to vignettes, mantle displays, centerpieces, etc. The candle shown above wouldn’t look all that amazing by itself.
But when placed in a hurricane coupled with a white ginger jar and a small giraffe statue it makes for a lovely vignette.
There are so many hurricanes on the market in all kinds of different sizes, shapes and colors.
You’re bound to find a hurricane candle holder that works with your decor. Or if you’re like me, you’ll find multiple hurricanes and run out of places to put them 🙂
A set of beautiful flameless candles in shiny gold lantern adds a soft glow to this living room bookcase. The lantern alone is a stunning piece, but by adding the flameless candles it provides a lovely glow in the evening hours without a real flame.
Of all the decorating ideas with flameless candles shown in this post, lanterns are by far a designer favorite. They come in a wide variety of styles and can be used in different seasonal looks throughout the year.
Candle stands are an easy way to add height to your decor. But they look kind of silly without any candles on them!
Flameless candles with paired with candle stands really make a statement in any decor look. This is certainly a great way to use candles without having to worry about the risk of fire near other decor pieces.
Another way to decorate with flameless candles is to use candle rings. Flameless candles tucked into a candle ring makes for a great centerpiece. Or consider using them on sideboards, night stands and living room bookcases.
Candle rings provide the perfect way to add greenery or beading to your look. They’re easy to update for the holidays and different seasons and are widely available and most craft and home goods stores.
Large groupings of flameless candle arranged on a mantle, table or sideboard can have such an impact by themselves that there’s no need for additional decor items.
This is a favorite method of designers when they want to add the look of repetition to a space. You’ll often see it used in hotels, restaurants and retail spaces. There’s no reason you can’t copy the look for your home 🙂
These are great decorating ideas with flameless candles if you really want to make a statement or have a modern look in mind. Consider using different sizes and shapes of flameless candles for variation. Above all, don’t be afraid to mix and match brands and styles of flameless candles for an awesome decor statement.
Flameless candles are a creative way to add a soft glow to your bedroom. Set them to the timer feature to have them go off when your ready for bed. Use the remote to turn them off when you get into bed. Or leave them on all night as a night light!
This is a unique and fun way to add muted lighting to a kids room without the risk of real flames. Kids are usually fascinated by the moving flame LED candles.
Or have you tried Push Flame candles by Liown? You can push the flame piece to turn them on and off. Or blow on the flame piece to turn them off. A kid favorite!
Fake candles that look real will certainly add height and dimension to centerpieces. Create quick dining room centerpieces using flameless candles with different height faux flame candles, lanterns and other festive decor.
Likewise, try using all votive candles tucked into greenery for softer, less dramatic look.
Did you know that flameless candles come in many different shapes and sizes? They’re not just limited to the plain white pillar kind that you see all over.
I love the flameless pine cone candles by Luminara in the picture above. They look amazing with rustic, woodland decor styles.
Real wax candles make tablescapes feel more romantic & intimate but pose a risk of fire hazard. Considering using flameless candles as a safe alternative.
The designer for this tablescape decoration paired different styles of Luminara flameless candles for a beautiful, awesome glow.
This is one of the more popular decorating ideas with flameless candles for wedding centerpieces. Although, you can DIY the same with your dining room table.
Mantels & Fireplaces
Probably one of the most popular places in your house for flameless candles is the place associated with fire & light. Mantels and fireplaces are a perfect spot for flameless candles.
Use them tucked into seasonal greenery or simply grouped together by themselves for a dramatic impact. A large grouping of them inside a fireplace creates a glow almost like a real log fire. See our post for additional DIY ideas on decorating a fireplace & mantel with flameless candles.
Most of the decorating ideas with flameless candles shown in this post involve using flameless candles inside your home. But why not add them as a decoration to outdoor spaces as well?
Just make sure to use flameless candles that are rated for outdoors. Look for ones that are made of weatherproof plastic, like these outdoor flameless candles from Liown. Otherwise, your wax flameless candles might melt in the sun!
Wondering how to display flameless candles on a porch? Adding flameless candles to your front porch is an elegant way to add warmth and light to this outdoor area in the evening hours. Consider using LED flameless candles in different size lanterns, tucked into flower pots or grouped on a table.
Unless your porch is completely covered from the elements, you’ll want to make sure you use “outdoor” plastic flameless candles. Flameless candles that are rated for the outdoors will be able to hold up in all kinds of different weather situations without getting damaged. Luminara makes a lovely flameless candle for outdoors and it’s available in 3 sizes.
Bath & Spa
Decorating ideas with flameless candles for your house can involve putting faux candles in rooms you might not have considered before. Like the idea of candles in the bathroom, but don’t want the risk of flame?
Consider using plastic outdoor rated flameless candles. No flame, they look real and you can get them wet. You can also use regular wax flameless candles in the bathroom. Just make sure to put them in places that won’t get moisture.
Tucked Into Decor
Battery operated candles don’t have to stand out as unique decor pieces. Rather, they can be incorporated into decor styles with visually pleasing results. Consider tucking them into decor as a way to illuminate other objects on display.
The LED candles tucked into a tray on this mantel give a nice contrast to the dark colored books. This answers the question of how to decorate with flameless candles that maybe look too tacky when used uncovered.
Hidden In Decor
Many decor pieces such as lanterns, bird cages and votive candle holders are the perfect place to hide a flameless candle or two. Because there is nothing burning with flameless candles, adding light to all kinds of different decor pieces is easy and safe to do.
Out of Sight
How to decorate with flameless candles around the house if you don’t like the look of them or think they are tacky? Consider using pieces that hide the flameless candle while still allowing light to shine through.
Decorating bedroom with candles for sleeping is safe to do with battery operated candles. The bowls and vases in the bedroom shown above are all illuminated by hidden flameless candles. Therefore this adds a soft, romantic glow to the space without the use of a real flame.
To summarize, consider using your flameless candles in the following ways:
- Candle Stands
- Candle Rings
- Big Displays
- Mantels & Fireplaces
- Outdoor Displays
- Front Porch
- Bath & Spa
- Tucked Into Decor
- Hidden In Decor
- Out of Sight
There’s so many great ways to decorate with flameless candles. What’s your favorite?
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