The True Importance of Beautiful Sconces
In the hierarchy of lighting fixtures sconces take an honored place. Nevertheless wall
lighting fixture is a first (not counting a bon fire) artificial interior lighting.
Burning branch assembled by caveman in-between rocks on the wall, not only help him to
draw, but for the millenniums became a symbol of welcoming and cozy home.
After those times people have been placing different lighting fixtures on the walls. We cannot
imagine a true medieval castle without a massive torch chained to the wall. Sumptuous
gold leafed sconces (also called wall brackets) have been pouring light on palace
intrigues and high society balls. Sophisticated and elegant sconces in a form of flower
bouquets adorned glamorous boudoirs and bedrooms.
Sconces are wall lighting fixtures designed for one or several lights. Sconces can be
electrified or they can be used with candles. Wall sconces are a very effective element
of interior decorative embellishments. Sconces reached they popularity in early XVII century.
Experts believe that first sconces was a functional and at the same time decorative lighting
fixtures derived from Italy. The first sconces had a back plate made from mirror or highly
polished metal which increased the amount of light by reflecting candlelight. These sconces
were attached to the wall with elaborately embellished corbels. In France this type of sconces
received the name Bra (from French "bras" - hand or "bra" - support).
Original sconces had a simple oval shape and were from 1 to 5 feet in height.
With time structure as well as silhouettes of sconces evolved in more complex and elaborate
form. During different eras the styles of architecture, arts and fashion of the particular
period have been integrated in the appearance of sconces.
Nowadays sconces are made from wide range of materials: stone, metal, wrought iron, wood,
gypsum, ceramic. Sconces can be made from modern a material that resembles plaster - high density
polymers. Of course, different type of glass and crystal are used for sconces manufacturing. Not all
wall sconces require light bulbs and electrical outlets.
Sconces Placement. Usually wall sconces should be placed so that sixty inches lie between the floor and the center of the sconce, but do
not go by this formula without questioning its appropriateness every time. The ration behind it is that when you are seated
in an average height chair or sofa, wall sconces will be at your eye level. Because human height vary, you may have to strike
a happy compromise.
If you have high ceilings you may want to raise the height of wall sconces placement. One of the favorite wall sconces
placements - above the fireplace mantel or entry table. You can place wall sconces on both sides of the painting or mirror.
If you do not have a lot of art, you can use a pair of wall sconces to frame a space.
Avoid wall sconces unless you use them in pairs. A single wall sconce in the room will disturb the feng shui and be unsettling
to those who enter. Repetition is sympathetic, favorably inclining your eye in agreeable way. The organization of the space
when using a pair of wall sconces is felt and appreciated
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What Can Wall Do For You?. One way or another, sconces are most popular and effective way to decorate a wall space.
Quality sconces are highly valued by designers and architects for they endless abilities.
Sconces are giving you the opportunity to bring soft pleasing to the eye light into interior
spaces as well as giving some extra definition to an overall design.
Sconces can bring alive any corner of the home, beautifully highlight an art piece, and with one define artful light
stroke sconces can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. There is no place in the interior or
exterior where sconces can't do their magic.
Sconces are successfully incorporated in designs in the entries, stair ways, formal living rooms,
and friendly casual family rooms, nurseries and sophisticated bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
Some of the popular places for sconces placement are on the both sides of the mirror or painting,
above a consul or entry table, above a bedside tables in the bedroom, behind a sofa, chairs or piano.
With sconces you can add an extra interest even in your dining room by placing them above the serving table.
There is a lot of ways to bring warmth and elegance to a room using a wall sconces.
One of our clients has a beautiful dining room, where most of the walls are elegant French doors.
The design of the room like this can be very challenging. She used six traditional solid brass wall
sconces with faux leather shade in the narrow 10 inch wall space between the wooden trim of the doors.
The only large solid wall space in this room was occupied by an elaborately carved fireplace mantel with a
painting hung above. On both sides of the painting she placed couple of two-light bow and tassels wall sconces.
The shades on the wall sconces places in between the doors and the sconces above the fireplace mantel are
color coordinated but made from different materials. By coordinating different textures of the shades she added
extra interest to the overall decor. She used total of eight sconces to create coziness and sophistication
in her unique dining room.
If you do not have a lot of art, you can use a pair of wall sconces to frame a space. This allows a small
painting to appear to be appropriate size to a large scale of the wall or entry table rather than insolated
postage stamp swimming on the vast open space.
Getting new sconces is really fun and can spark a lot of ideas for the decor of the room. It is easy, but you do have to think of a few important things before you choose them. You have to take into the account how much light you would need-the electrical sconces would provide a lot more light than the candle ones, but the candle sconces would add a romantic and soft ambiance to the room. You should also consider your electrical layout and see if it is even realistic to have an electrical sconce in your home-some older homes do not have an electrical box to use to wire the sconces.