Where: Sconces are perfect as a framing device for French doors, mantels, mirrors and paintings, so they are equally at home in the living room, dining room, and bedroom. They add decorative interest while lighting up artwork and other eye-level details.
Size: Sconces should be scaled to complement the size of the room as well as the mirror or painting or doorway between them.
Style: Sconces can add elegance, whimsy, sparkle, interest, and beauty to your walls. Wall sconces are an often-overlooked solution for brightening dark spaces. Compact but decorative, they add just enough extra light to complement other lighting sources. Wall sconces can also be used to light a hallway or any dark area with no space for a table or floor lamp. They are often the forgotten alternative for bath lighting, placed on either side or above the mirror.
Placement: Wall sconces should always be hung so the light shines at eye level. When an electrical box is not available or practical to install, sconces can be converted to plug-ins.
Shades: Small shades or shields will help to avoid glare and soften the lighting effect, as will a dimmer.