Published at Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Wall Sconces. By Leclerc Charpentier.
Lighting professionals counsel thinking in layers of light to make a room functional and attractive: ambient, or overall, light; task-light for reading and manual chores; decorative light to highlight areas of the room, pictures or other accessories; and accent light, which can bring drama and focus to an architectural feature or small area of the room. Use sconces for decorative and accent light; even a large chandelier, they point out, may provide good table-light while leaving parts of the room shadowy or dark.
Their ability to maximize precious leg room and desk space is the biggest selling point of wall sconces. Since many modern homes and big city apartments are short on space, sconces add immense value by simply staying out of the way. While a floor lamp or even a bedside table lamp take up valuable room, wall-mounted sconces free up space so that you can use it for other tasks. While they are currently pretty popular as bedside lights, sconces can also serve you well in the home office and library by replacing the traditional table lamps. A tidy way to clear up the desk!
So now that you know about my sconces, lets talk about where to install them. A great way to decide on placement is to get into bed and assume your normal reading position. Then measure from the floor up to a few inches above the shoulder. This measurement will tell you how high the bottom of the shade should be positioned. Chris and I took turns doing this to make sure the height would be a good fit for both of us and still be symmetrical. We decided on about 50″ from the floor, which puts them roughly about 4-5″ above our shoulders.
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