How to Use Wall Sconces in Every Room of the Home

In our opinion, wall sconces are one of the most underused elements in home decor. It’s always seemed like lighting plans have typically included built in ceiling lights, beautiful chandeliers, and plenty of floor and table lamps, but not a sconce to be found. Recently, however, there’s been an increasing interest in and trend toward replacing or supplementing more popular lighting elements with wall sconces–and to our delight, it’s taking place in every room of the house.

Below, a roundup of the many gorgeous, practical ways to use wall sconces, and a few of our favorite lighting picks from our inventory to help you get the look.

We love how the wrought-iron sconces add a dose of contrast to white subway tile walls in this stunning bathroom. (And a little added lighting around the vanity is always a good thing for your morning makeup routine.)

Wall sconces in the bathroom- Lilypad cottage
Image via The Lilypad Cottage

Sconces are also great space savers. No room for a table lamp on the nightstand (or no room for a nightstand?) Use a sconce as a reading light in the bedroom instead. The look works well for both modern and traditional spaces, as seen below.

domaine home - bedroom wall sconces
Image via Domaine
Wall sconces by the bed - New England Home
Image via New England Home

And how about this perfectly placed task lighting in the kitchen?

wall sconce kitchen - studio-mcgee
Image via Studio McGee

Or, kick the look up a notch with an entire row of wall lighting to illuminate kitchen workspaces.

wall sconces kitchen Marcusdesigninc
Image via Marcus Design Inc.

Here, they brighten up a bookcase.

wall sconces bookshelf - sita montgomery
Image via Sita Montgomery Interiors

Sconces can also pull double duty as wall art. Proof: This strategically placed sconce blends in amongst a gallery wall, while also providing great light on a staircase.

Image via Forever Cottage
Image via Forever Cottage

Love the look as much as we do? Why not give it a try at home with one of these pretty picks now available through The Local Vault (click image for more product details or to purchase).

Organic Loop Sconcesvisual comfort wall sconces

White-washed-wrought-iron-French-2-light-LEAD-643x497waterworks opus moon sconce

Donna-light-silver-double-643x497silver double arm sconce


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