You might have already realized that I have a love of lighting…all types of lighting.  For me, lighting is an important design element in a room because it adds dimension and texture and helps to create an overall, cozy feeling.  When I’m designing a room, I like to think of it in layers where I start with the outermost layer {the walls} and work my way into the center of the room.  I try to ensure that each layer includes something of interest and wall sconces are a great way to add interest and ambient lighting to the outermost layer.

{via A. Tate Hillard}
{via A. Tate Hillard}


Sconces are a great addition to hallways, fireplace mantels, stairways, front doors, kitchen windows, and more!  They work well in pairs or in a grouping of 3 or more for a linear look!

{via Houzz}
{via Houzz}
{via Houzz}
{via Houzz}


Most wall sconces are hardwired, so first let’s take a look at some of my favorite hardware finds!  You might notice a bit of a pattern to my Top 10 Picks.  I have an affinity for sconces that resemble lanterns, mimic architectural elements, include a mirror, or have embellishments such as crystals or beads.


Top 10 Favorite Hardwire Wall Sconces


I have always loved the timeless and classic look of gas lamps, but for most, piping an existing home for gas lighting isn’t an option!  As an alternative, this Federal Outdoor Light from Shades of Light captures the character and charm of a vintage gas lamp but is wired for modern electricity.

{via Shades of Light}
{via Shades of Light}


Architectural sconces, whether they mimic corbels or vintage railings, are also interesting because they add so much detail to an otherwise plain wall.  I love the look of Restoration Hardware’s Lorraine Architectural Railing Sconce because it’s narrow and so doesn’t require a lot of wall space, but it makes a bit statement!

RH Lorraine Railing Sconce
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Small embellishments also make for an interesting sconce, like the Feiss Maison de Ville which features both a mirror and crystals for added opulence.

The Feiss Maison de Ville Wall Sconce
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You can see all 10 of my favorites here and click on the links below for sources.

Top 10 Favorite Hardwire Wall Sconces from TIDBITS&TWINE!
{1 – 2 3 4 5 6 – 7 – 8 910}



Let’s be realistic, though.  For many of us {myself included}, our homes are not necessarily wired for sconces and hiring an electrician isn’t always in the budget!  Thankfully, there are some really beautiful plug-in wall sconces as well.


Top 10 Favorite Plug-In Wall Sconces


Currey and Company makes several sconces that are convertible, meaning that they can be used as either plug-in or hardwire.  For example, the Wolverton Wall Sconce is one of my favorites that can be used either way.

The Currey and Company Wolverton Wall Sconce


The round, open shape of the Axel Wall Sconce also makes it an interesting addition to a room.

Currey and Co Axel Wall Sconce


And of course, let’s not forget the Pottery Barn Madison Glass Pendant that I used in my guest bedroom!



You can see all of my Top 10 Picks for plug-in lights here!

Top 10 Favorite Plug-In Wall Sconces from TIDBITS&TWINE!
{1 2 3 4 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10}


Tip: When using a plug-in wall sconce, you can still achieve the look of a hardwired if you paint the cord to match your wall.


Do you have a favorite from one of the lists above?



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  1. Kim,
    I love sconces. I’ve had a few hardwired in my home, but you’re right, it isn’t always affordable. I’m happy to see some really great choices for plug in sconces. I love lighting too.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Oh I love any of these! I am desperate to add sconces to my dining room. For now I have candle sconces, but to put a gorgeous sconce in would be my dream! Beautiful inspiration!


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