Lighting: Wall Sconces

Lighting: Wall Sconces

The good news is wall sconces can fit in almost anywhere in your house!  Versatility is the name of the game.  They can light up a wall and be a stylish addition to your room.  Typically they aren’t your main source of light, but add a sprinkle and a dash of lighting here and there.  There are a few things to consider when purchasing a wall sconce.  First, do you want it to face up or down?  Up lighting makes a room look bigger. Some types of up light sconces are candle sconces, half moon and Wallchieres sconces. 

Candle Sconces: This style mimics the most original form of lighting from back in the day…a candle!  It is gives off minimal light and is often used to create an intimate mood.

Half Moon Sconces:  A half moon sconce can be a way to brighten up a hallway or dark spot in a room. 

Wallchieres Sconces:  Wallchieres sconces mimic torches. Often times they have shades on them.  This is best used on both sides of a mirror, a bed, fireplace, or a piece of art.

Down facing sconces cast light downward and offer good task lighting for things like reading or studying.  They can be a way to make a room more cozy and comfortable.   Some types of downward facing sconces are swing arm and any other downward directional type sconces…think light bulb facing down.   

Swing Arm Sconces: Swing arms allow you to direct the light to where you need. Often they can be found in bedrooms and reading nooks.

Flush Mount Sconces face neither up nor down.  They mount flush to the wall and add more general lighting to a room.  They are often good for bedrooms, hallways, and foyers.

Other things to consider when buying sconces are cost, size and placement.

Cost: Sconces come in a range of prices.  They can be found from $30 each up to $150 each.  Depending on how many you need and your budget, you can shop around until you find the right one.

Size: We recommend you measure your wall and the sconce to make sure it fits to scale. 

Placement: Sconces are typically used in bathrooms, outdoors and hallways. As a general rule of thumb, if the ceilings are 8 feet, the center of the wall sconce needs to be 74 inches above the finished floor.  Chandram Param, a designer in San Francisco also states, “Another guideline is to measure down 6 inches from the top of the window, and then use that as your mounting height for all the wall sconces in the room. For up-light sconces, keep in mind that you want at least 12 inches but not more than 36 inches between the sconce and the ceiling.”

Good luck with your wall sconce shopping! If you’re looking for more lighting ideas be sure to check out our Pinterest page.

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