Decorating a Home with Wall Sconces

A room with wall sconces.

Adding one or more wall sconces to a room in your home can add an interesting light effect. Whether you choose an electric wall sconce, or one designed to be used with candles, the play of light against the wall can add an interesting look that can be used to create a focal point, or even accentuate a piece of art or architectural feature within the room.

These attractive fixtures come in almost any kind of style, from traditional to modern, making it easy to find a design that complements the overall style of your room. There are also sconces available that do not include a light fixture, which can be utilized as a small decorative wall shelf.

Add Elegance with Traditional Candle Wall Sconces

Ornate traditional candle sconces can add a touch of elegance to almost any room in your home. In the living room, frame a mirror or piece of art with a candle sconce on either side. You can also accent a favorite print or painting with a sconce, add one or more to the bedroom to create a romantic glow, or even put one in the bathroom to allow for relaxing baths by candlelight.

Since candle sconces don't require electricity, they can be especially easy to hang and use. Styles that include glass shades for the candles are especially nice, reducing the risk of dripping wax. You can often find interesting vintage candle sconces by shopping at second-hand stores, garage sales, or flea markets, allowing you to add a decorator touch to your home without spending much money.

Traditionally Styled Electric Wall Sconces

Electric wall scones in traditional styles such as those made from brass, wrought iron, or those with crystal pendants can add a traditional look to the living room or dining room. These attractive fixtures are also styled similar to what a candle sconce would be, only with the convenience of electricity. These sconces often include mini light shades, or glass globes, which soften the overall look of the lighting.

Art Deco Wall Sconces

Wall sconces were popular Art Deco decorating accessories, with their sensuous curved lines and interesting features. You can still find original vintage sconces with Art Deco styling, but reproductions of Art Deco styles are also popular choices. These beautiful pieces often had interesting shaped glass globes, including floral patterns and scalloped shapes, which can add a very elegant look.

Wall Sconces with Modern Styling

If you have your home decorated in a contemporary style, there are plenty of modern wall sconces from which to choose. Some of these almost border on being wall art, including abstract metalwork, hand-blown glass globes, or sleek designs that blend well with contemporary styling.

These light fixtures can work effectively in almost any room of the home, adding soft mood lighting to a bedroom or bath, or ambient light in the living room or dining room. The interesting pattern of light that many of these beautiful pieces produce on the wall can almost serve as artwork.