Wall sconces can be great functional and space-saving light options without sacrificing style.
Wall sconces are convenient lighting solutions for when floor and tabletop space is limited. Unlike floor lamps or chandeliers, wall sconces take up very little space – leaving more room for tasks or other pieces of décor.
Sconces are also very versatile and fit in just about any room or area of the house. With a variety of finish options, shade shapes and detailed wall plates, wall sconces can be just as decorative as they are functional.
Many wall sconces have the ability to shine up or down (or even both), which is great for focusing attention and highlighting certain features in a room. Sconces are often used for accent lighting, which allows you to draw attention to a specific area such as a mantel, mirror or gorgeous piece of artwork.
In a hallway, entry way or foyer, sconces can dress up the walls with a soft glow. By lining the walls of a hallway, sconces illuminate the path for those walking through. Sconces can also be used to highlight wall art or photos that adorn the walls.
Lamps Tip: As a general rule of thumb, sconces should be mounted about 60 to 66 inches from the floor and 8 to 10 feet apart.
In a living room, sconces are commonly placed on either side of a piece of furniture. A popular place for a pair of sconces is above or around a fireplace or mantel with a large mirror in between. The sconces should complement the style of the décor, but if you’re unsure about your style, choose a coordinating finish with a simple glass shade. Many wall sconces can easily fit into any décor style, whether it’s used in a classic, colonial-style home or a modern, minimalist loft.
The space-saving aspect of wall sconces becomes especially beneficial in a bedroom. Unlike table lamps, wall sconces can be used with or without a bedside table. Wall sconces create extra space and allow for a clutter-free space. Placing two wall sconces on each side of the bed creates visual balance and makes the bed the focal point of the room. Wall sconces also come in handy when curling up with a book or working in bed.
Lamps Tip: Choose wall sconces that are dimmable to control the amount of light and create a mood that is warm and comfortable.
For the most flattering light, bathroom sconces should be placed on either side of the mirror. This will cast light evenly and without shadows. Sconces mounted at eye level are ideal for applying makeup, shaving and other applications. Be sure to consider wattage, as master bathrooms should use 75 to 100 watts per bulb whereas powder rooms only need to use about 45 or 50 watts per bulb.
Lamps Tip: For master and guest bathrooms, a color temperature between 2700K and 3000K is ideal to produce a glow that mimics daylight.