Sconces celebrate the structure, and therefore the spirit, of a space.
Why We Love Wall Sconces
Sconces provide the necessary ambient light that gives a room its warmth. While ceiling lights point light downward and out, sconces brighten each wall and often give those walls a bit of decoration as well. Contemporary wall sconces give a space distinction and provide an important functional service while period sconces instantly give a room personality as well as direction when decorating.
Where Sconces Work Best
Living rooms become "living" rooms when wall sconces are in place. Friends and family congregate in the living room, and the added light from sconces make that space much more comfortable and welcoming for those types of group gatherings. Wall sconces give dining rooms similar warmth and can add an additional romantic feel for those intimate dinners in. Not to be forgotten, hallways definitely benefit from the safety of having wall lights, especially when the hallway is long and doesn't receive light from windows.
Other Great Options
Be sure to view the "switched at fixture" selection of wall sconces with switches and the selection of plug-in wall sconces for added convenience. There are a ton of LED sconces on the market now, too, that cover a wide range of design styles for today's homes. For contemporary LED sconces, take a look at the options available from Modern Forms and Tech.