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June is the Right Time to Buy Sconces

By: Anna Karlsson • Jun 01, 2010 • 0 Comments

Sconces set the look for sophistication, both indoors and out. If you have not yet found a place for them consider this:

According to the American Lighting Association sconces are the latest look in decorative lighting. They can be as visually important as any other wall-hung art.  Sconces range in style from petite crystal to the ornate and oversized. Depending on the type of material and style, sconces can add a bit of glamour and a touch of class to any room.

Even though sconces are gaining in popularity again, antique and vintage sconces are still undervalued.  Right now on Latique, you will find at least 17 different types of sconces-- all wonderful and unique.

Generally, sconces should be selected to complement the primary fixtures of your home.  If you’re working with crystal chandeliers, you may want small crystal sconces to complete the look.  If your look is more rugged or rustic, search out painted wood or wrought iron sconces.  Metal sconces always look great in contemporary settings as well. To inject a bit of rough luxe into your decor, choose a great sconce with some personality and mix it up.  A painted sconce can perk up a corner of a room needing some light.

These wonderful ambient light sources don't always have to be used in pairs; a single sconce in the right place can be functional and beautiful without being matchy-matchy.  If your home is not wired for sconces, original sconces without wiring work as well as they did two hundred years ago with candles.  Before ruling out wired fixtures, ask your electrician about the possibilities of adding sconces to your rooms.  Whatever you decide, you’re on your way to a fabulous lighting scheme.


About Sconces

Sconces are light fixtures that are mounted to walls, midway between floor and ceiling. They have been around for thousands of years and are thought to have originated in Italy. In the early days, sconces were mirrored or shiny pieces of metal that reflected candlelight.

In Western Europe, sconces were mounted on exterior castle walls to hold torches. The idea worked so well, they migrated indoors.

In the 17th Century, sconces became decorative elements. They became increasingly elaborate and were often made of gold and other precious metals.

Sconce designs have varied over the centuries, taking on the character of the prevailing tastes. Roman sconces, for instance, often were made in the design of acanthus leaves. Near Eastern designs often carried painted tiles. During the 19th Century, opulent designs like the peacock were seen on sconces. 

Today, you can select sconces from the best of the periods. From heavily carved wood for a masculine study to petite porcelain for a pretty powder room or bath.  Bronze can provide dramatic flair while crystal is always classic and elegant.

Think about enhancing the ambiance of your rooms with lighting from a great pair of sconces.  Invest in a pair or two of sconces while they are still undervalued.