The idea to create a roundup of affordable sconce lighting came about after receiving so many requests for the sources of the wall lighting in our home. Sconces are like earrings for a room. They can make a statement, be fun, add sophistication, or simply finish off a space in a beautiful, unique way.
Today, I thought I would give you a tour of all the sconces in our home (and one from our previous home), so you can see them in action and hopefully gain some inspiration. I’m also sharing a roundup of affordable sconce lighting that includes our current sconces, as well as the wall lighting I’m planning for future projects in the rest of our house.
As much as I love expensive lighting (who doesn’t?), I usually can’t justify spending over $300ish on one sconce. And when I need more than one, that self-imposed budget gets cut in half. Having said that, I work hard to make selections that fit my budget and my style, as well as my standard of quality. I hope this tour gives you a picture of how you can incorporate affordable sconces into your home for a high-end, personalized look.
1 | Swing Arm Sconce: I chose two of these swing arm sconces for our shared office before it was an office. The plan was to use them over nightstands on either side of a trundle daybed for guest sleeping quarters. But I had a sneaky suspicion this room might change and evolve over the years, so I made sure the sconces would work no matter what the configuration or function of the room was. I love the fact that they swivel side to side, have a pull chain, and offer diffused light with a tapered shade.
2 | Rattan Sconce: When I was creating our cozy reading nook, I knew I wanted a rattan wall sconce, but it needed to have an on/off switch and be super affordable. This one fit the bill perfectly. It’s textural, beautiful, functional, and affordable. What more could you want out of a wall sconce?
3 | Picture Light: These picture lights in Hannah’s recent teen bedroom makeover aren’t technically sconces, but they are wall lighting, so I figured they deserved a spot in this affordable sconce lighting tour. Picture lights are insanely pricey, so finding this cost-effective, LED option was not only good for the design, but also great for the budget. These have both hard-wire and plug-in capabilities, so you can pretty much use them anywhere.
4 | Novelty Sconce: In Noelle’s bedroom (still a work in progress), I knew I needed to choose something special and unique for her. She’s still little to us, and her creativity, imagination, and sense of wonder are all going strong, so my selections in her room are in keeping with that. These sconcessconces are not only the perfect whimsical touch, but they are incredibly affordable too.
5 | Unique, Handmade Sconce: In our recently-completed cozy café kitchen makeover, these handmade, clay sconces really set the budget-friendly design apart, but also helped us stay within a reasonable budget. They are made by a woman named Lou, who is a master ceramicist and an all around wonderful person. Adding handmade sconces to your home lends a special layer to the space, especially if you have a part in designing them (which I did), but it also supports a small business and connects the story of your home with a living, breathing artist. For that reason, these are my favorite sconces in our home.
6 | Classic Sconce: I will never stop loving this classic double-arm sconce that I used in the girls’ bathroom. It is perhaps my favorite sconce for any space in anyone’s home. It’s unlacquered brass, the most beautiful shape, and truly the best-quality sconce in my home.
7 | Traditional Sconce: In our last house, I used sconces for the very first time when I designed our sweet breakfast nook. They were a bit of a splurge since we needed two, but they were worth it. If I had it to do over, I would choose the brass finish, as my taste has changed, but this sconce is still a favorite, and I would use it in my current home.
That’s it for the tour of the sconce lighting in our current home, but I have plans for adding so much more. There are just so many options out there, so I find it helpful to curate a collection based on price, style, and function, in order to not get overwhelmed. The next space I’ll be tackling is the loft, and I’m so excited to choose lighting from the roundup below. If you are on the hunt for beautiful, affordable wall sconces, I hope you find it helpful as well.
Do you have sconce lighting in your home, or are you planning any projects with sconces involved? Leave me a comment below and tell me which of these affordable sconce lighting options is your favorite!