Candles have been around for thousands of years, and they’re still popular today for decoration and old-fashioned lighting. In all that time, there have been many different types of candles that have appeared in all sorts of styles and sizes. Listed below are a few of the most common shapes.
Tapers are long, thin, and (unsurprisingly) tapered. They are one of the oldest forms of candles and were originally made by repeatedly dipping a string into hot wax, which is how they acquired their distinctive shape. Tapers are sometimes also called dinner candles and work best when used in holders, and they are great for lending dramatic flair and an old-world feel to a room.
Pillar candles can be square or cylindrical, like tapers, but are much thicker. A pillar candle is wide enough to stand on its own without any help, and usually so thick that melted wax pools around the flame instead of running down the sides. Pillar candles might range from two to four or five inches in diameter and work well as decorations by themselves.
Votive candles are only a few inches high, and get their name because they are usually placed in small glass cups called votives. Votive candles are popular both as decoration and for adding ambiance, especially around Christmastime. Tea lights are similar to votive candles but are even smaller, often used in a metal container. They may be used to illuminate lamps, luminarias, or other decorations.
Ball candles are shaped like spheres, with a slightly flattened bottom and a wick rising out of the top. They are often used as decoration because of their sleek modern look and creative design. Pairing a ball candle with candles of other shapes can create an interesting centerpiece or focal point.
Just about all of these candle shapes come in many sizes and colors, meaning that they can be used to spruce up almost any room. With all that variety, it’s no wonder that candles are still such a popular item.