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How to match your candle to your aesthetic

Your choice of candle speaks volumes – and so does your choice of interiors. Whether you’re a committed minimalist (think: ‘all neutral everything’ London townhouse-slash-LA mansion, à la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) or a bold maximalist (it’s a hard yes to tiger-print wallpaper! In the bathroom!), the vibe of your home tells a story about your personality, your style and your outlook on life.

But while we often focus on the visual aspects of design, an important – yet oft-overlooked – element of decorating and curating your space is scent. With winter fast approaching (and therefore more time indoors a practical guarantee), now’s a great time to ditch the supermarket air freshener and accessorise your home with a fragrant, mood-setting candle (or five) that really speaks to your taste.

Below, our handy guide to choosing a stylish burner that also suits your decorative aesthetic.

If you love a refined, classic aesthetic…

French fragrance brand diptyque is known for its straight-lined simplicity and restrained classicism (not to mention its olfactory innovation). With an artistic heritage – the brand was founded in the 1960s by an interior designer, theatrical set designer and a painter – its signature black-and-cream colour palette and oval-shaped, type-set labels are the perfect match for those who love a similarly refined aesthetic in their home (including stars like Beyoncé and Lebron James).

Our current pick? The Roses Candle, which MECCA's fragrance, hair and body education manager Laura Curtis describes as, “Inspired by the uplifting scent of a rosebush blossoming – the green leaves, velvety petals and fresh rosebuds.”

Another choice for classic lovers is the Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Deluxe Candle. “This is the bestselling personal fragrance translated into a candle, from the quintessential British brand,” says Curtis. If your dream home is a creamy white townhouse in Chelsea or South Kensington, this is the burner for you!

If you’re a fan of colourful flourishes…

Is your personal motto, ‘More is more’? Is your outfit (or your makeup) incomplete without a bold pop of colour? Chances are you’re a fan of dramatic décor too; a maximalist, like the incomparable Catherine Baba herself! With rich textures, vibrant upholstery, eclectic art and patterned wallpaper, your space is a temple to creative expression and your unique take on the world – and it’s probably filled with treasures from your travels, too.

For those who want their home to remind them of that incredible Airbnb they found in Montmartre, the Cafe Society Candle by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle and Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle will bring the rich and sensual vibes – and both have a touch of ruby red “to emanate a warm glow,” says Curtis.

For maximalists, no room is complete without an evocative candle – including the kitchen. Let D.S. & DURGA's Breakfast Leipzig Candle transport you “to a café in the German town of Leipzig, where Bach composed his Java Cantana in the 1700s – think buttery croissants, hot coffee and milk steam,” Curtis says.

If you’re all about vintage style…

History buffs would be tempted by Officine Universelle Buly candles. With their marble bases, glass cloches and literary inspirations, they resemble artefacts from a bygone era; style them next to dramatic flowers or a Napoleonic bust on your bookshelf. We love the Généraux d'Empire Candle for winter, with its black marble base and rose-meets-blackcurrant scent.

Maison Margiela’s REPLICA Whispers in the Library Candle is another match for vintage lovers. A transportive scent, it evokes “leather-bound books, the rustle of pages turning, low whispers – the joy of being immersed in a story,” says Curtis.

You’re a modern monochrome devotee…

For the ‘all black everything’ minimalists, Byredo’s candles are a must. The decorative equivalent of your trusty black blazer, their dark glass and dusky wax elevate any space. Inspired by founder Ben Gorham’s childhood in India, the Chai Candle is redolent with the scent of cardamom, clove, ginger and incense – a perfect winter addition to your living room, perhaps stacked on top of your black-and-white photography books or a marble side table.

Monochrome lovers will also want to swipe right on New York maison Le Labo’s burners. Housed in clear glass jars with the brand’s signature stripped-back labels, they (like you) would look right at home in an industrial-chic Tribeca loft! The Encens 9 Candle is a warm, comforting favourite – perfect for the chilly nights ahead.

Let our scent experts help you elevate your space! Book an in-store MECCA Fragrance Consultation For Home.

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