Traditionally, walls in the home were all decorated with paintings or pictures, but with time more creative ideas to fill those spaces on the wall, dark rooms and hallways were needed for improve lighting.
Wall sconces became a brilliant addition to the home in many respects. With styles and designs that are captivating and beautiful, they can add spice and charm to that bare wall in ways you probably never originally imagine.
Most lamps require space in the house – such as the floor, or a table. Sconces come with tremendous benefit here as well, as they can be mounted on the wall and therefore don’t take any extra space at all.
For smaller homes, or rooms that may look cluttered with an extra lamp (yet, need the extra lighting) would be a fantastic addition.
Traditionally, they were only used for hallways or bathrooms, but these days – with the advent of more artistic and beautiful styles – they suit any and every room.
They can be used to great effect in the living room, or can also be used to hi-light art pieces, whether paintings, sculptures or pots in a room by using clever placement.
Like most lights, sconce come with ‘down-light’ and / or ‘up-light’ options.
A down-light can be very effective in a formal lounge, or any room where other art pieces need to be hi-lighted.
These items can be very effective for the hallway, so that the light can reflect off the ceiling, and therefore more light is created.
Many are ‘reversible’- which means you can install them in any direction you want.
Wall Sconce require some installation, as they need to be fitted with electricity and have a switch. However, this comes with many added benefits.
But not every design of wall sconces work off electricity, as there are still candle designs available, complementing the home with a unique and antique personality that can work very well.
They also give you the opportunity to display your favorite candles, giving off a smooth and romantic atmosphere for the entrance or hallway.
Choosing the wall sconce that is perfect for your home would rely on your own sense of decor styles and tastes, as well as use.
There are wall sconces in traditional art styles, to modern styles.
Some sconces are also designed to be placed on the wall in corners, providing light for those darker corners and casting soft shadows over the room.
How to Choose Wall Sconces Light Effect
Wall sconces come in many different shapes and sizes to create different effects with light.
So you should consider what kind of effect you want the light to have on your space.
Do you want your room to look bigger, cozier, more balanced?
These four types of wall sconces are able to change the look and feel of a room by diffusing and contouring light in their own way.
How to Choose Up-light Wall Sconces
Up-light wall sconces direct light towards the ceiling, creating a wash of light drawing attention upwards.
The further down the wall an up-light wall sconce is positioned, the more the light will be able to spread along the upper half of the wall.
Up-light sconces are perfect for making the room look larger than it really is.
How to Choose Down-light Wall Sconces
To give your walls a downward wash of light, use a down-light sconce that allows light to only escape from the bottom of the fixture.
The higher you place this sconce, the more light will be cast down onto the wall.
Down-light sconces will ground your space, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.
How to Choose Up/Down-light Wall Sconces
Up & down-light sconces will give your walls an even wash of light in both directions.
Because these types of sconces allow light to shine through the top and bottom of the fixture, they can be positioned according to where you want the most light.
These sconces will give your room a more balanced feel with its even distribution of light.
How to Choose Candle Style/Low Wattage Wall Sconces.
Originally candle wall sconces were made to resemble ancient wall sconces that held real wax candles.
These types of sconces are usually low-wattage and cast minimal light to give a room an intimate ambiance.
Their main function is for aesthetics and decoration, so you won’t want to use them as a main source of light.