Published at Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Wall Sconces. By Perceval Fernandez.
In the absence of specific features to be highlighted, like a framed picture, a mirror or an archway, place sconces eight-to-10 feet apart, creating a continuous band of soft, diffused light along a wall or around the room. Place sconces closer together, as needed, above a fireplace or on both sides of a mirror. Place them farther apart if they are to function singly. You might center a single sconce over a buffet on one wall and place two in the corners of the opposite wall, 15 feet or more apart. Especially for curved- or half-round-shaded sconces, do the glare test from a variety of directions.
The lights are a little stiff to move but that keeps them in position well. Generally we don’t reposition them because I took special care to install them at the most useful height for us and our needs.
Using a pair of sconces fairly close together, on both sides of a mirror or a mantel, can add a touch of formality to your room. You can reinforce this symmetry with a second pair of sconces on the opposite wall. Center a single sconce over a serving or decorative side table on which candlesticks, vases and other accessories are arranged symmetrically. Place sconces on either side of a window to balance out the loss of daylight. Create a table vignette under a dramatically shaded sconce; let the pool of light illuminate flowers too tall for the table, a painted ceramic bowl or pitcher or an antique china tureen, whose colors were the key to the room`s color scheme.
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