Shopping Edit: 10 unusual shaped candles to accessorise your home

Peruse these distinctively shaped candles we handpicked from Liberty London, Etsy, Amara, Selfridges and more...

Pink Flower Shaped Candle beside ying and yang shaped candle and pink vase with dried flowers inside
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Your search for quirky shaped candles is finally over. This trend, that has been taking over our Instagram feeds for quite some time now, doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Which is a good job since our Shopping Editor has been busy doing a little, well... shopping (of course!). On her hunt she has brought everything from bubble candles to body shaped candles and even tapered shaped candles to light – and you can see them all below.

Up your shelfie game and add some of these distinctive shaped candles to your sides to light up your home – in flame or in most cases, in style. Whether for sprucing up your coffee table, as an addition to an otherwise neutral bathroom or for placing in your hallway to greet guests, shaped candles are so in right now. 

A word of wisdom: shaped candles aren't really meant for lighting. We know it seems strange, but if you do want to burn them, they will obviously loose their shape. If you do plan to ignite a flame, just make sure you do so on a heat-proof plate of some kind.

See our best candles guide for your normal-shaped candles that can be burned – all our top suggestions live here.

"Candles are having a moment. We’re not talking about your usual iterations, housed in a glass votive (although hey, we’ll never tire of those, either), we mean architectural, quirky candles."

- Selfridges

Shaped candles – 10 fancy finds

1. A bubble tapered candle from Liberty

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These uniquely-shaped candles come in a set of two and they are subtly pink in colour – perfect for a neutral dining table. They are thick in width to make a statement, and to fit inside 2cm wide holders. These stearin wax candles are anything but boring, in fact, they are playful and they have an impressive burn time of nine to 10 hours. Not just good looking, clearly...

2. A flower shaped candle from Etsy

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How sweet are these daisy-shaped candles? They are made of soy wax and there are six colourways to choose from, as well as nine scents. They are really made for design purposes only, so if you do want to light yours you'll have to pop it on a heat-safe surface. They're also surprisingly tall, and they would make a lovely gift idea. We say to style them on a chest of drawers or bedside table.

3. A sculpture like double candle from Anthropologie

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Make a statement in the middle of your coffee table or on a console table with this grand – and funky shaped – double candle. It has a burn time of 10 hours in total and you may want to light it on a heat-proof plate (and don't burn the base!). It doubles as a sculpture at the same time as being a candle which is a win-win, and it comes in four pastel colours to complement your decor.

4. A blush pink bubble candle from ASOS

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We're no strangers to the bubble candle, in fact we think they look great displayed atop a coffee table book, on a bedside or nestled on a tray with other home decor finds. This one is blush pink to add a pop of colour to your home, and thanks to being hand poured it has unique markings.

5. A body-shaped pride candle

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Alpha female club body pride candle (opens in new tab) | £20 from Missguided
The female body in the shape of a candle, in multiple colours to celebrate pride – what more could you want? This candle also comes in a male version, while it's made of unscented soy wax. Talk about make a statement – and add some colour – to your surfaces.

6. A hand shaped candle from Amara

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Choose from green, yellow, blue or red and light this three-wick candle from the tip of its middle, ring and pinky fingers. Clever. It's colourful, 100% handmade from paraffin wax and life-sized. Should you want to burn it, it will last for two hours and it's unscented – we say leave it on display.

7. Six tapered spiraled candles

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A reasonable price tag for six candles, let alone six tapered candles that are twisted – and different in colour. Two blue, two purple and two terracotta coloured candles come in a pack, while they are all made of paraffin wax, and in the UK. Place them in a holder and dot them around your home for maximum effect. Alternatively, they would definitely add some colour and texture to your dining table setup.

8. A knot candle

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Ajouter Knot Candle (opens in new tab) | £16 £13 at Fy!
What about a knot candle? These are slightly confusing to get your head around, but they are definitely pleasing to the eye. This one from Fy! is made of 100% vegan soy wax, while it comes in a huge colour range. The perfect size for a bedside table or a side table, place this unique candle atop some reading material whether a book or a magazine.

9. A cone shaped candle

Two Danish Cone Candles in white on tray

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Danish Cone Candle (opens in new tab) | £6.50 each at Nordic House
This elegant addition has an impressive burn time of a whopping 28 hours, while it's made of 100% pure fragrance-free paraffin wax and it has a a 100% cotton wick. Simple yet striking, we think it would look lovely placed on a tray, similar to the above, and displayed in an entryway or bathroom.

10. A shell shaped candle

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alpha female club beige shell candle (opens in new tab) | £12 at Missguided
Definitely one for your bathroom – en suite, family or downstairs, that is – this shell-shaped candle may be small but it will certainly add some texture to your four walls. It comes in three colours, one of which is a pink, and quite frankly: it's hard not to spot it! It's unique, impressively shaped yet dainty. 

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is Livingetc's Deputy Ecommerce Editor, and with a penchant for shopping and four years of ecommerce experience in her cart, she's more than equipped to advise when it comes to exactly the home decor you need to buy for your home. With a particular love of home fragrance, she always ensures her interiors emanate a luxurious scent to match her bijou residence. Annie and her team work to provide you with the best in-class content, whether you are searching for fluffy towels for your bathroom, clever drawer organizers for your kitchen or even a new dinnerware set for when guests come to dine. Whatever the season — or the latest trend — Annie and her team work to cover events for Livingetc, whether that be holidays or sale events, spanning Mother's Day to Black Friday.

Annie's knowledge has been sprawled across several homes websites, including Real Homes, Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens and Gardeningetc. She has also injected her ecommerce skills into the titles of Woman & Home and Country & Townhouse.

Annie lives in South East London in a sizeable two-bed apartment with her husband-to-be and her Pug called Doug. Annie's space, though surprisingly substantial, lacks storage space meaning that she's always on the lookout for things to buy to maximize space at home. She's currently redecorating this space whilst on a budget, and loves discovering a dupe or DIYing something to look triple its price tag. Next on her list of things to do at home are DIY crittal-style doors leading from her living room to her hallway.

You can follow Annie's home Instagram account at @athome.withannie.