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Interiors: Furniture your home with fragrant candles this winter

The White Company.
The White Company.

Scented candles are the quickest way to set a scene and conjure atmosphere. Sam Wylie-Harris selects the best of the season…

Interior designers love to wax lyrical about mood-enhancing lighting, but if you really want to set the scene this winter, a scented candle can be a quickfire way to create a cosy – or sensual – ambience.

Whether you’re styling a mantelpiece, laying the table for a dinner party, or simply want to make the downstairs loo more inviting – think how boutique hotels manage to make their ladies’ rooms that much more luxe, with a decadently dark wall paint, plush hand soap and the flickering flame of a three-wick candle – a well-chosen candle might be the perfect finishing touch.

“Candles are the most ancient form of artificial light, adding instant warmth and atmosphere to a room. Whether you choose giant churchy cylinders, thin tapers or mini tea lights, their display potential is limitless,” says The White Company founder, Chrissie Rucker.

Here’s how to make scent a seasonal statement this winter…

1. The White Company Winter Tealights – Set of 12, £15, The White Company


If you’re planning to top place settings with glassware, crystal and trinkets and don’t want the fuss of a candelabra, the tender flame of a tea light is a godsend – especially if you don’t want guests fighting for attention over your favourite centrepiece.

2. Apothecary Wild Fig & Pomegranate Candle, £5, Morrisons stores

With hints of honeyed wild fig and juicy berries, underlined by the bitter-sweet notes of tangy pomegranate, this luxurious looking candle will create the right vibes anywhere in the home.

3. Sanctuary Spa Luxury Oud Diffuser, currently reduced to £12 from £18, Boots

Rich and powerful, oud is the scent of splendour, with its intense woody notes, sumptuous sweetness and musky base. Sensual and exotic, it’s perfect for the bedroom.

4. Espa Vetiver and Black Spruce Candle, £35,

If you love padding around in your PJs and want to create a calming vibe, Espa’s blissful black spruce, woody cedarwood oil and heavenly vetiver will bestow peace of mind.

5. Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Espresso Martini 2 Wick Candle, currently reduced to £11.25 from £15, Ocado

Why not come in from the cold and spice up your favourite wintry cocktail with this gently fragranced candle to mirror the notes of cold brew coffee? Delicious.

6. Anya Hindmarch Anya Smells Lollipop Diffuser – Blackcurrant Leaves and Rose, £99,


Who says scent can’t be fun? Famous for her designer handbags, we love Anya Hindmarch’s tongue-in-cheek take on home scenting, with pencil-shaped reeds encased within a quirky pencil pot. Fun and deliciously fruity, place it next to your laptop to make the most of working from home.

7. Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit 1 Wick Candle, £11.95,


With the festive season in full swing and twinkling Christmas trees fringing shop windows, there’s no reason to hold back when you can start sprucing up your space with this glitzy candle crowned with a gold fir. Sweet mandarin studded with zesty grapefruit will boost the mood.

8. Jo Malone Incense & Embers Home Candle, £47, Jo Malone London


Smoky incense and embers is the scent of celebrating the calmer things in life, and with a touch of silver fir and warming notes of soft leather and amber, this concoction is a seasonal stress-buster too.

9. Yankee Candle Holiday Sparkle Range, from £8.99-£23.99 each,

Whether you’re dreaming of Winter Wonder, wishing upon a Glittering Star, have set your sights on an Icy Blue Spruce, or want to snuggle up with some Frosty Gingerbread, Yankee Candle have it all wrapped up with the most popular scents of the holidays.

10. Fornasetti Profumi Regalo Gold Otto Scented Candle, £140, Selfridges (available from December 3)


Marvellously decadent, ‘Regalo’ means ‘gift’ in Italian – and who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of this chic ceramic deco, tied with a gold ribbon? Featuring the famous face of Fornasetti, the jar makes a wonderful collectable once the enticing blend of lavender, orris, cedarwood, incense and birch has burned to its end.