Decor Debate: Interior Sconces
With the old ceiling tiles, pink walls, and wall to wall brown carpeting the sconces didn’t really stand out much. With freshly painted walls, a new ceiling, and refinished wood floors, they do. I now feel like those sconces, which you can’t see very well in this photo, have become complete eyesores. The problem? I’ve never really paid attention to sconces. Oh, and we’re on a limited budget. Help.
So now, what to choose for scones? Should they face up or down? The current ones face up and I think I like that, but most of the pictures of sconces I like show them facing down. Hmmm.
The four sconces above are from Pottery Barn. None of them are listed in the “bath” category, but when I click to view more pictures most are shown in bathrooms. Argh! I want to see them on a mantle! I love the one in the bottom-right corner, but feel it lends itself better to a bedroom than a fireplace. Wouldn’t it look weird to have something sticking that far out on the fireplace? Tell me immediately if you don’t think so, because these long-armed sconces seem to be the kind I’m drawn to the most.
First of all, before you freak out, saying, “I thought this girl was on a budget!?! Why is she showing us something from Restoration Hardware?!” Calm yourself down. That is one of the best values at $95 a fixture and it includes the special filament bulb. I like that one, but perhaps a shade would be best? The two from West Elm also pose the shade problem. Plus, while I do really like the glass surround on the one on the left, I think the base looks almost too basic, like it should be made of plastic. The one on the right is pretty cool – but how would it look in a room? Shame on you, West Elm, for not providing me with inspiration photos! And the one from Crate & Barrel is white with clean lines, which feels fresh. However, it also reminds me a bit of a blah hotel room. Plus, the fixture needs to be hardwire not plug-in – a cord hanging down over the mantle wouldn’t improve the eyesore situation.
Speaking of budget, Target has a surprisingly disappointing collection of wall sconces at the moment. The ones at Home Depot generally look like they belong in a builder’s grade bathroom. And all the sconces at Ikea are plug-in. Sigh. If I want to up my budget a bit, the wall sconces from SchoolHouse Electric are phenomenal (note that the price does not include the bulb or shade). Full of character and vintage-y looking, I think they would fit right in with our house. Maybe I’ll get an unexpected bonus soon? (x Fingers Crossed x).
A few more options, just in case I haven’t shown you enough yet. I like the sparkle factor in the top left one, the vintage feel of the top right, the bohemian chic look of the one from PB Teen, and the classic lines of the one from Shades of Light.
Which is your favorite? Is there some amazing source I should know about?