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Where to Place a Wall Sconce | Raleigh New Home Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

How to Use a Wall Sconce

Sconces can be used as decorative accents or essential lighting solutions. See 8 locations to place a wall sconce - with example photos from Raleigh custom homes.

Sconces in the great room, above the fireplace

Lamp shade wall sconces accent the wainscot wall above the two-sided fireplace.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Summerlyn

Two-light sconces add visual height to this stone surround fireplace. A stained wood mantel draws out the brown tones in the sconces and stone.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Bostwick

Sconces on the fireplace

While sconces are an important source of lighting in your home, they can also be used as a decorative accent in unique places - such as the side of this see-through stone fireplace.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips
The Bryson

Wall sconces inside archways or accent areas

Sconces also serve as a great source of ambient lighting. If you want to keep the room filled with soft light - such as during meal time - well-placed sconces can do the trick.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Judson

Wall sconces in a hallway or staircase

You can also use a sconce to add much-needed light a long hallway, staircase landing, or other tricky space that may otherwise be affected by shadows from your larger lighting fixtures.

In this home, a glass bowl sconce lights up the staircase landing.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Shoal Creek

Here is another example of a simple wall sconce placed above a staircase. In this home, a ceiling light would be located too high to be able to light the space. A single sconce provide enough lighting to navigate the staircase - even when the other lights are off.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Coventry

Wall sconces in the master bedroom

Sconces can replace bedside table lamps in the master suite, with personal on/off switches at bed height. 

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Raleigh New Home Design Tips

The Judson

Whether or not you love the idea of crafting an arched nook, wall sconces can delineate a clear space to place your bed within your master suite.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Country Manor

Wall sconces in the master bathroom

While you may typically see wall sconces mounted in pairs, this master bathroom features a single sconce placed to signal the soaking tub alcove.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Kelley

Tall mirrors will make your master bathroom feel larger, more open, and brighter. Dual wall sconces will give you the flexibility to add full-height mirrors.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips

Wall sconces in the powder room

Guests in your home are almost guaranteed to see your powder room. If you are looking for cost-effective ways to dress up a secondary room or powder room, consider adding wall sconces.

Sconce designs range in designs that speak to everything from classic elegance to modern flair. Because powder rooms are typically quite small, you can feel free to go bananas with your design choices.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Carwile

Wall sconces in the bonus room, loft, or multi-use room

Similar to staircase or hallway spaces, multi-use rooms can also benefit from a discrete wall sconce, which will add just enough light to keep the room balanced. 

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Treehouse

 

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2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 06:01 AM

2014 Fireplace Ideas and Photos

Fireplace Design Trends

Here are photos and descriptions of our top 5 most popular 2014 fireplace design trends. Find inspiration for your new home - see which fireplace design suites your personality (and your family's needs) best, below.

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #1: Outdoor Living Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

New home buyers are making outdoor living spaces even more functional - by adding a fireplace.

With an exterior fireplace, homeowners can enjoy a warm and inviting fire during gatherings or quiet evenings.

This see-through fireplace connects the rear courtyard patio to the living room - taken from a version of the Country Manor.

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #2: See-through Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

 

2014 new homes will see more see-through fireplace designs, inside and out.

 

This see-through fireplace connects the sunroom to the two-story family room - taken from a version of the Summerlyn.

 

 

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #3: Two-Story Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

2014 new homes will also take fireplace to the next level, literally.

This impressive two story stone fireplace - visible from every angle, including the two-story overlook - was included in a version of Le Chalet Vert.

Contact us to talk about your floor plan design - and we'll tell you how to incorporate a two-story fireplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #4: Entertainment Center Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

Fireplaces designed to accommodate an entertainment center will continue to be popular in 2014 new homes.

In this family room, dual sconces and a built in bookcase add elegance and functionality.

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #5: Master Suite Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

 

More master suites will include fireplaces in 2014. Who can resist such a cozy atmosphere?

In addition to a fireplace, the master suite pictured here includes several custom  touches:

- Angled sitting room

- Separate his-and-hers closets

- Vaulted ceiling

 

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Let us know the elements that appeal to you. Tell us more about your priorities and the lot and community where you want to build. And we’ll suggest floor plans to consider as a starting point. Click here to contact Stanton Homes or call us at 919-278-8070. 

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