Sconces are indoor lighting fixtures that are affixed to the vertical walls of the home. Sconces are usually directed upwards and often have a translucent shade.
Tips on sconces:
Sconces can bring to life a boring, dull wall.
Sconces are perfect for giving the illusion that a room is bigger than it really is.
Sconces are very often placed on each side of a mirror. The height of the sconce is important to ensure that your face gets an even lighting and reduces unattractive shadows.
Sconces are often put up in pairs for dramatic effect.
Sconces are perfect in small spaces as they really open it up.
A very common use of sconces, particular in older style homes, is to install them in rooms where the ceiling is high. This breaks up the long wall and provides great illumination.
Types of sconces:
Half moons: these have a flush-mounted semi-circle light that directs light upward.
Candelabras: these emulate electric candles and tapers attached to the lighting fixture.
Swing arms: these have arms that can swing around, to direct the light where it is needed.
Cage sconces: these have their lights surrounded by a grid of wire or wood.
Cones: these have triangular forms.
Boxes: these have sharp square or rectangular forms.
Wallchieres: these sconces are very long, tall and slim.
Lanterns: these come in the form of traditional and classic lantern forms.
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