Winter Decorating Ideas: Wonderful Ways to Brighten Up Your Home with Candles and Lights

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Winter brings a unique beauty to any landscape, but at times, the nights can get too dark, too long, and too cold. The gray skies can often cast a melancholic mood on the entire household. So this season, give your home that much-needed warmth and embrace the radiance brought on by these marvelous lighting ideas as curated by Balsam Hill:

Fill Your Home with Gentle Radiance Using Candles

Candles have been filling homes with light for centuries. They are timeless – reminiscent of the past – and cast depth and elegance, making them the perfect way to add ambiance to any space. Candles with neutral shades are particularly ideal as they go well with most home décor.

For a more refined appearance, group your candles together and place them inside a glass cage. This keeps the wick safely lit and prevents the breeze from extinguishing the flame. The glass also adds texture and a stately appearance to any quiet corner. For a safer alternative that matches any décor, choose flameless LED candles that mimic the flickering effect of real candles. Since they are battery-operated and come with a timer, flameless LED candles create the same romantic glow without the fire hazard.

Standing candelabra can also be used to add further beauty to a candle’s timeless grace. These beautiful gold candle holders add an elegant yet simple appeal to your overall decor.

Cozy Up Your Space Using Accent Lighting

Another way to add delight to your space is to hang tea lights. When loved ones and guests approach the area, they would feel as though they were wandering in a space strewn with floating lights. The result guarantees an unforgettable and magical experience.

LED Star String Lights from Balsam Hill
LED Star String Lights from Balsam Hill

String lights are a marvelous way to add captivating luminescence and subtle character to your room. They are simple and they easily blend with any decorative theme. These kinds of lights are a treat if you’re hosting a dinner party. They may not be the predictable Christmas lights, but they add sparkle to the atmosphere all the same.

You can also install some track lighting. Although they’re more permanent, they can bring a spotlight to your area and accent furniture. They can even be moved and positioned differently when the season changes or when you adjust the focal point of your room.

Brighten up your home during those blue winter days with these exquisite lighting options from Balsam Hill.


  1. Holly Gratner Reply

    Wonderful ideas given in this article. I’m always looking for ways to create beautiful and warm spaces in the home.

    • Thanks, Holly! With the help of our design expert Dagmar Obert, the Balsam Hill blog will have lots more in store for you this 2014!

  2. I love how you said that candles are timeless pieces that add depth, elegance, and ambiance to any space. My friend is looking to remodel her home to give it more of a cozy, rustic feel, and she’s looking to gather decorative items to add. I’ll be sure to recommend that she find some romantic candle lanterns that she can add to her home’s design so that the rich, elegant feel can be achieved in her home. Thanks for the tip!

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