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