A wall sconce is a popular way to improve the overall look of a room, but you have to figure out the best location to install it. If you're looking for a way to spice up your home's decor, consider using wall sconces in lieu of traditional overhead lighting. Wall sconces -- which are typically mounted approximately 5.5 feet from the floor -- come in a variety of styles and finishes, and can accommodate different types of bulbs to suit your needs.
One of the most common places to see sconces is in the bathroom, on either side of the vanity mirror. Not only does this placement provide great functional lighting for applying makeup or styling hair, it also adds a decorative touch that overhead lighting just doesn't provide.
Designing an entryway can be a difficult task, since the spaces tend to be smaller and more narrow and finding proper lighting can be especially difficult. Wall sconces solve this problem by providing the perfect amount of lighting while taking up zero floor space. Depending on your design tastes, you can hang a single wall sconce in your home's entryway or opt to install multiple lights. For example, many homeowners choose to install a sconce on either side of a decorative mirror or piece of art.
Wall sconces aren't just for the indoors anymore. Light up the exterior of your home by placing a single sconce on your porch or even place one on either side of your door for a well-lit home entrance. Another outdoor option is to hang sconces on either side of your garage door or on your back deck. Just be sure that the sconces you purchase are safe for outdoor use.
Above the Fireplace
Fireplaces are a great addition to any room and sconces can help you highlight one of your home's best features. Consider hanging a pair of sconces above your fireplace mantle on either side of your favorite piece of art. Another great option is to hang a mirror in between the sconces. The light from the sconces will reflect off the mirror and bounce around the room, creating a romantic and warm glow.
Like entryways, hallways tend to be narrower and ill lit. Adding a single sconce will help to brighten up the space so you don't stub your toe when you slip into the kitchen for a midnight snack. Use a low wattage bulb and frosted shade to help dissolve the light. This will keep the lighting soft and muted, while still being functional.
Sconces are a great addition to any bedroom because of their versatility. Not only will the softer light be more relaxing than the glaring overhead light but it will also create a more romantic space. Use a pair to frame and highlight a picture window or position the sconces closer to your bed for task lighting. Use a sconce on either side of the bed rather than a table lamp. The wall-mounted fixture will free up room on your nightstand and provide the perfect amount of light for reading.