As the evenings get darker and longer, draw the curtains, light the candles and fill the house with the scents of autumn.
Finding the right candle can be as key to creating the perfect ambience in your home as the way you use paint or fabrics. Soft flickering light, a waft of your favourite fragrance – you can even find candles that crackle like a comforting fire when lit.
Glowing candles dotted around your home will not only create a cosy atmosphere, the essential oils will work to soothe and calm the senses. Fragrance can also transport you to other places – whether that’s walking through a forest, along a windswept beach, picking blackberries or toasting marshmallows.
For autumn, choose candles with rich, comforting notes of vanilla, cedarwood, cinnamon, orange, cloves, pomegranate, fig, moss and smoke.
And look out for those companies that create candles that look as good as they smell. You’ll find some infused with slices of apple and autumn leaves, and others with cloves and mandarin.