Wall sconces are often overlooked in the home décor arena as they tend to be thought to produce less significant light than chandeliers or ceiling task lights. Yet they are found existent in most homes, mounted in one room or another. Whether used to highlight a front door area, or just inside a secondary downstairs bathroom; they actually serve many purposes and can be utilized in multiple ways. Let’s examine how they can be used as task lights, accent lights or to assist in overall room illumination. Multipurpose wall sconces can add vital functionality to any location and are a cost efficient way of lighting a room.
Sconce as a Task Light
Fixtures designed to focus a specific beam of concentrated light on a small working area, are called task lights. We tend to think of task lights as being the bendable and lightweight desk lights that we see in a Staples or Office Depot store. But wall fixtures can also be used for task lighting and they can serve as part of a room’s stylistic décor simultaneously. For instance, in a bedroom they can be used as bedside reading lights while also helping to create a relaxing and warmly lit environment.
In other rooms, when there is limited table space for lamps; such as in hallways, foyers and bathrooms, sconces are the perfect way to light a general area. In the bathroom, a wall light can eliminate facial shadowing often caused by a downlight vanity light that’s been mounted directly over a bathroom mirror. Placing one on an adjacent wall helps to reduce the side shadow effect and balances out the overall room light. Vanity lighting can often be harsh and uninviting. With the addition of a wall light, and then used sans the vanity light, a bath area becomes a soothing sanctuary for when one chooses to take a bath.
Sconce as an Accent Light
Accent lighting is a most creative use of light. An accent light can help spotlight a piece of featured wall art. It can create certain shadow effects in a room, where a little drama by light makes for an interesting part of the décor, especially when featuring a cherished statue or other object. Accent lighting causes a room to glow with a subtle sense of excitement and highlights chosen areas to help bring focus to that area. Therefore, it is generally a little brighter than the overall room lighting. Wall fixtures can not only help to direct accent light toward an object, they can actually be the object themselves, as many are now designed specifically to be decorative wall art.
Sconce as Ambient Light
Ambient lighting sounds just like it looks in writing. It is a soothing and soft kind of lighting designed to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It is generally a more subtle and balanced type of lighting that you practically wouldn’t even notice as you move around a room. Most people think of using the dimmer when they want to create a warmer, more inviting room environment. But well placed sconces can help to create that ambient lighting, especially when mounted higher on several walls, where the bulbs remain far above eye level.
Multipurpose wall lights enrich a home’s environment and can be used in any room in the house. All one really has to do is decide which rooms would best be served by one or two of these handy little light sources. They come in so many sizes, colors and shapes now that no matter what the décor style of a room is, a complimentary sconce is sure to be found.