We love votives! They are such a versatile styling item and can be used in all sorts of different ways. Not only are they great as part of a dining table scheme, they work very well on coffee tables, add interest to kitchen shelves and look fabulous amongst books and objet in bookcases. Read on for our 7 favourite ways with votives...
On a Window Sill
Frosted glass votives look very effective illuminated by natural sunlight. Mixing glass with pierced metal adds textural interest and is a great way to bring in another tone.
In a Bookcase
Combining books, small works of art and votives in a bookcase can look very stylish. Here we have picked up the colour of the wood in the votives and mixed glass with metal and raffia bound to prevent the overall look from appearing stuffy or over styled. The odd faux or living plant can look great too.
In the Mix on a Dinner Table
We wouldn't even contemplate styling a table without using votives as part of the scheme. On a round or long table they are a great starting point for styling and look very effective when combined with ceramics, candlesticks and glassware. The key to a successful table centre is to make sure that some votives are always left empty whilst others are filled with flowers and some with candles or tea lights.
On a Coffee Table
Our votives have been carefully designed to sit comfortably alongside a range of other objects. Here we have combined Ribbed glass hurricanes with shells, books and a large decorative ceramic urn. The combination of traditional, natural and contemporary objects creates an interesting scheme that is fairly minimal and pared back.
In a Kitchen
If you are lucky enough to have some decorative shelf space in your kitchen and are looking to create a sleek, contemporary look then votives are a fantastic way to achieve this. In these cube shelves we have simply grouped wire and glass votives in tonal colours in groups of two or three. Interspersing these groups with attractive glassware and books breaks the look up and adds personality. We have also only filled odd votives with foliage so that the overall architectural aesthetic is preserved.
With Faux Plants
This is the ultimate easy styling tool - a stash of faux succulents, foliage or flowers is so useful as they look fabulous popped into mixed votives on a table. For a contemporary look try succulents like those above which look very effective as part of this green scheme or invest in some good quality flower stems for the winter months when pickings in the garden are limited.
With Dramatic Floral Arrangements
The beauty of a good stock of votives is that they can be used for almost anything. Their clean lines and simple colours mean they are versatile enough to accommodate any combination of flowers or foliage. We have carefully planned each size of votive so that they can be grouped in a such a way that it is easy to create a flowing tablescape with lots of varying heights (one of the key styling tricks of a good table). Here our votives have been filled with dramatic florals by Hellyer & Salter which completely transformed the look of the table. Our largest Ribbed hurricane is particularly useful for loosely arranged, architectural stems like the Hydrangeas and Bells of Ireland that have been used here.