One memory I have of this shack-y cottages my family used to rent on Cape Cod was that the wall-mounted reading lamp. Regularly swing arm, sometimes shaped like a ship’s wheel using a kitschy lampshade, they had been a good solution if there wasn’t any room for a table with a reading lamp atop it. Now this space-saving solution has inspired a posh trend of using ceiling or wall-mounted light fixtures at bedsides. Let’s look at a range of choices.
How amazing are these hanging luminous globes? I love the way they play off the fixture at the center of this space, and all of the a variety of metallic finishes used throughout.
By the way, do you know whose house this is? I’ll give you a hint: He’s the funniest man on E! — unless you believe Chris Franjola is the funniest man on E! (Personally, I believe Chris is the second-funniest).
Studio William Hefner
These contemporary hanging lanterns in extended cylindrical shapes draw up the eye, while also adding feel.
Marie Burgos Design
Similarly, these hanging paper lanterns are a good match for this particular Japanese-inspired bedroom and its shoji screens.
Mark English Architects, AIA
This architect utilizes all kinds of visual and physical space-saving tricks, from the white palette into the wall-mounted high headboard. The slim swingarm sconces can be adjusted and add an interesting architectural detail.
Mark English Architects, AIA
Another space-saving detail within this room: incorporating wall-mounted shelves that serve as nightstands without taking up floor space.
Zack|de Vito Architecture + Construction
These hanging globes draw up the eye, without taking away in the spectacular view.
The Red Jet
This metallic pendant adds classic modern style for this room. Because the nightstand is correct under the window, a table lamp would have left opening and shutting the window along with its own color cumbersome. The wall-mounted sconce is a great solution.
Jennifer – Rambling Renovators
This metal sconce adds classic modern style as well, particularly when paired with this classic team picture. Also a good detail to note is the way the molding around the fixture’s base was planned for the wall mounting.
Ian Moore Architects
These adjustable sconces add contemporary sculptural components to the wall and stand out because of the black . They also permit the designer to utilize small tulip side tables in the bedside.
Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography
These sconces are mounted low, just enjoy the mattress. This strategy allows the massive painting to be the star and blocks as little of it as possible.
David Churchill – Architectural Photographer
All these tiny sconces are mounted right into the oversize upholstered headboard, which keeps them out of distracting from the clean and simple lines.
John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA
These small reading lights are unobtrusive on the massive wood pattern on the wall.
Dufner Heighes Inc
These brass lamps add a little metal into the space. The colors can be tilted to provide more light when reading in bed.
Keeping this nightstand’s surface apparent gives the space a more streamlined look.
sarah & bendrix
These extended white swing arm lamps blend right into the wall, permitting the ornate black chandelier to have the attention it is due.
Where do you fall on the bedroom sconce vs. table lamps debate? Are there some other unexpected places in which you utilize sconces around your house? If so, please discuss with us in the comments section!
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