Tips to Choose the Right Wall Sconces

Do you want to add some pizzazz to the decor in your home? After laying down the carpet, painting the walls, and hauling in the furniture, you may still need some pieces to enhance the theme of the room, or to add a touch of coziness. When creating the decor for any room in your home, you should certainly consider wall sconces, such as Victorian floral wall sconces.

If walls could talk

A sconce is one of those words that we probably have heard a few times, but might have to rack our brains about what exactly it is. Simply put, a sconce is a decorative piece that attaches to a wall and holds either candles or an electric light. Materials such as metal, wood and ceramic are typically used to make sconces.

While the sconce serves as an attractive addition to today’s homes, we can tract its history to before the 1400s. The first sconces certainly placed function over form. They were a half circle of metal that held a candle opening. This semicircle was attached to a flat, basic plate.

Within time, the sconce gradually became more decorative. By the 1500s, Elizabethan “candle plates of latten” emerged. These pieces evolved into sconces of the 1600s. One style included branches that extended from the lowest point of a brass or copper dish.

As the evolution of sconces continued, they became more complex and more decorative. The metal improved. Individual parts became more detailed. And several innovations were created, such as using mirrors instead of backplates, to improve the value of reflected light. Even more original practices included placing a half candelabrum (sconce holding 2 or more candles) in front of a mirror, to create an image of a complete candelabrum. A particularly interesting sconce of the 1640s included a human forearm extending from a mask or hole, with the hand gripping a candle-holder.

The joy of wall sconces

Today, people use wall sconces, such as arts and crafts wall sconces, in their homes. The goals are to provide directional task lighting or soft background lighting. You can achieve these goals by using a variety of methods. Here are some tips to help guide you when adding sconces to enhance a room’s decor:

  • Make sure that sconces along hallways do not project too far, in order to avoid accidents.
  • Sconces with halogen bulbs create clean, white light, which is ideal for task lighting
  • Use sconces in pairs, on either side of doorways, fireplaces, beds, etc.
  • Sconces are perfect for bathroom grooming. Install one sconce horizontally above the main mirror, or place a pair of sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror.
  • Contemporary wall sconces such as those with metal diffusers, will let light only break out from the top or the bottom, creating powerful directional uplight.
  • Sconces can reflect light off a ceiling, to create ambient or surrounding light.
  • Wall sconces along hallways and staircases can boost safety and ambiance
  • Sconces with frosted or stained glass; or incandescent lamps are perfect for creating ambient lightning, by spreading it out.

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