Why We Love Staircase Wall Sconces
Stairway lighting is an absolute necessity. Going up and down stairs in the dark is dangerous and likely to lead to accidents. But, just because stairway lighting is a requirement doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Stairway lights are often practical and functional, but with little else to offer. That’s not the case with stairway wall sconces. These lights feature either directional bulbs or shades to guide the shine downwards and illuminate the steps, which satisfies the need for a functional light source. But what about something with a little style as well? This is one of the things that sets staircase wall sconces apart. In addition to being a directional light source, they also feature contemporary, elegant designs and unique shapes and styles.
Why Choose Staircase Sconces
Stairways are notoriously tricky places to light. You need a bright, consistent shine for safety purposes, but staircases are small and narrow which makes it difficult to find appropriate light fixtures. Oftentimes, you’ll find recessed lighting overhead steps. These aren’t ideal for several different reasons. First, they can make an already narrow space much narrowers. Second, when the bulbs burn out, they’re difficult to reach and dangerous to change. And, last but not least, recessed lighting adds nothing to your home's decor. Stairway sconces can help make a staircase look wider. They’re easy to access when you need to replace the bulb, and they are available in hundreds of different styles. Stairway wall lights fulfill the practical function of providing safe lighting, but also the need to add a decorative element to a small space.
Favorite Stairway Wall Sconce Shapes & Colors
One thing you’ll likely notice about this collection is that the majority of staircase sconces are a long, oval, or rectangular shape. This allows them to light both the steps and area around the steps and is ideal for their intended function. But it also adds a cool stylistic presence that helps ceilings seem taller and the space seem wider. And, with a narrow staircase, that’s the best of both worlds. Those aren’t your only options though. Sputnik style stairwell wall sconces cast light in every direction and add a modern sculptural presence to a typically bland space. Or, for something simpler but equally stunning, look for a sconce with a simple, dark exterior and warm, golden inside. The contrast between the interior and exterior adds interest without being distractingly complicated.
How to Choose the Best Stairway Wall Lights
All stairway wall sconces are designed to provide bright, lighting to the area beneath them. So, you don’t have to worry about decided whether what type of lighting you want from your sconce. However, if you’d also like uplighting or some ambient lighting, look for a double-ended light or one with a tubular shade. If your staircase is especially narrow, we recommend a slim but wide piece in order to make it appear more roomy. Alternatively, if you want to make ceilings look taller, long and narrow stairway sconces will suit your space the best.
Stairway wall sconces are a great option for lighting staircases, but they are certainly not your only option. If you have the room, staircase chandeliers or stairwell pendant lighting can be another unique alternative to more traditional lighting methods. You can even use them in conjunction with stairways sconces. You can also pair these lights with entryways sconces, which are ideal for illuminating front doors and foyers. These styles tend to be more modern, so if you’re looking for vintage pieces, we suggest taking a look at our collection of antique wall sconces.