Sconces, Sconches, Scones
You know, those wall light thingies? Working the telephones over the past (mumble mumble) years, I’ve heard wall sconces called just about everything. But, that’s okay – we know what you mean.
The bigger question is how to use them.
For full functionality, we recommend a properly installed electrical box connect to a dimmer switch on your wall panel. A pair of sconces on the same dimmer gives a nice look. But, most sconces (and all of ours) can accommodate a switch somewhere on the sconce so that you can turn them on right at the source. If you don’t have a wall box, consider a cord from the sconce to the closest plug or even making them for candles. No electricity required. Let us know your limitations and we will be happy to work it out for you!
Okay, enough with the technical details. Let’s get to the pretty part.
Sconces in a large foyer or going up the wall of a grand staircase not only bring light to all levels, but visually ground the space. In a smaller foyer, a single sconce over a small table at the wall frees up space on the table, yet provides additional light.
Add the elegance of sconces in the dining room. Sconces can flank your favorite mirror or picture. Using sconces instead of buffet lamps will leave more space on the buffet or sideboard for the best dining room accessory – food!
My personal favorite way to use sconces is flanking the bathroom or powder room mirror. We’ve had many customers mount their sconces directly on mirrors for an incredibly luxurious bathroom.
Living rooms and parlors can benefit from the extra light of sconces. Use them on long walls to help fill in the space or place them on either side of a large piece of furniture. Sconces look wonderful on either side of a piece of art over a fireplace, as well.
I once saw a photo on Pinterest showing sconces in place of bed-side tables. Loved the look.
The all important question is how high should they be? Ideally, the lowest point of the sconce should be between 5 and 6 feet off the floor. Consider the function of the space and where there may be glare in determining where you want to place your sconces.
Have we whetted your appetite for a gorgeous set of sconces? If so, head on over to the store where all sconces ship for free this week.
If you want additional information about how to use sconces or advice on which sconces are best suited for your home, give us a call or email us.
May your day be bright and shiny!
- Nancy Daniel