The True Importance of Wall Sconces

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In the hierarchy of lighting fixtures, sconces take an honored place. Nevertheless, the wall lighting fixture is a first (not counting a bonfire) 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 an actual 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 the 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 their popularity in the early XVII century.

Experts believe that original sconces were a functional and at the same time decorative lighting fixtures derived from Italy. The first sconces had a backplate made from a 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 a more complex and elaborate form. During different eras, the styles of architecture, arts, and fashion of the particular period have been integrated into the appearance of sconces. Nowadays sconces are made from a 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, a different type of glass and crystal are used for sconces manufacturing. Not all wall sconces require light bulbs and electrical outlets.

There is a lot of ways to bring warmth and elegance to a room using 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 sizeable 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 a 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 a total of eight sconces to create coziness and sophistication in her unique dining room.


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