Choosing a Wall Sconce for Your Bedroom

by Amanda Mears

One of the most versatile options for adding a lighting fixture to your bedroom is a wall sconce. When mounted to any wall in the room, these lights create a soft ambiance and can be used to highlight architectural features in the home. Complement your home decor by choosing a wall sconce for your bedroom that follows the same style.

Choosing a Wall Sconce:

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  • Contemporary:

    If your home is outfitted with modern furniture, choose a contemporary wall sconce for the bedroom. The defining characteristics of this style are sleek chrome or steel finishes and clean lines. Get creative with contemporary wall sconces by mounting a futuristic flat-wall sconce above an abstract painting to create a gallery effect. For something softer, try a two-light wall sconce with a simple fixture and square shade.

  • Traditional:

    For bedrooms that stick to a classic look, go for traditional wall sconces. These sconces implement bronze and nickel finishes and often have wood or wrought-iron accents. Two mahogany wall sconces with faux candle lights hung on either side of the bed over a nightstand will emit a cozy glow perfect for evenings spent in bed reading. For an elegant look, pick up chandelier style sconces with iron scrolls and crystals or a Tiffany-style wall lamp that casts a colorful, cozy glow on your bedroom.

  • Transitional:

    Many contemporary homes have a bit of classic style mixed with a bit of modern. This is known as transitional style, and if this sounds like your bedroom, then look for transitional wall sconces. It's an easy way to add just a bit of glamour to the room without going over the top.

  • Vanity:

    For bedrooms with adjacent bathrooms, try choosing a new wall sconce fixture that will replace your current vanity lights. Getting rid of fluorescent overhead lighting or glaring bare bulbs will update the look of your master bathroom instantly. Try replacing the old fixtures with a triple sconce that has three overhanging lights with matching frosted glass shades or antique-looking bronze fixtures for a softer and more flattering light.