The lighting in your home is meant to provide adequate illumination for each room, supply light for certain tasks, and inspire an atmosphere that is both comfortable and inviting. Each fixture has its purpose, and when every light works together, you have a comprehensive lighting theme that is both functional and beautiful.
One fixture that perhaps provides the most function and beauty, but doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves, is the wall sconce. It can be placed in nearly any space in your home, and the accent and ambient lighting it supplies can literally transform the space from ordinary to extraordinary. If you’re looking for modern sconce options, come to Wettstein’s in La Crosse today!
The hallway can often be a tricky space to light, especially if it’s narrow and has a low ceiling. This passage from the front of your house to the living room is sometimes overlooked when it comes to lighting and design; however, sconces can be the perfect fixture options for the space. If the hall is wide enough, you can add multiple sconces along one wall to light the way as people pass from the front entryway to the rest of the house. Instead of installing a flush or semi-flush fixture on the ceiling, sconces that provide both upward and downward light can be the perfect solution.
The bathroom is an obvious choice for sconces, but many homeowners still choose to stick with the single vanity light above the mirror. This illumination from above can cast unwanted lines and shadows on your face when you’re shaving or putting on makeup, and sconces on either side of the mirror can eliminate that issue. Instead of one source of light, you have three (or more, depending on the number of bulbs in your vanity fixture), and you can see more clearly during those personal hygiene tasks.
The Living Room
When we think of the living room, we often think of one centralized fixture, such as a small chandelier or a ceiling fan with a light kit. While that can be sufficient for the space, many homeowners want more accent lighting around the room, and that’s where sconces come in. If you have a living room with lots of wall space, and you want to put chairs near the wall for reading, or create little conversation nooks around the room, sconces can be a great lighting choice. Fixtures that cast light both upwards and downwards can accentuate the higher portions of the room, while also providing light for reading and conversation.
While there are plenty of places inside to put sconces, it’s important not to forget about your outdoor lighting! If you have a spacious deck or patio area, post lights and lanterns can provide the ambient lighting you need for those late evening gatherings in the summer. But what about the side of the house, or the walkways that are right against your home? Outdoor sconces can be a great addition to your exterior lighting plan, and they can enhance both the safety and curb appeal of your home.
At Wettstein’s in La Crosse, we always love helping people find the perfect lighting options. If you’ve always wondered what all the fuss was about when it came to sconces, visit our store today and we’ll help you find the fixtures that suit your needs and that fit your budget. You don’t have to go all out to change your home’s lighting theme – a few sconces here and there can truly transform even the simplest of rooms into beautiful spaces.
We look forward to seeing you soon!