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Large contemporary wall lights are everywhere and I am excited that they are getting more daring by the day. What I love is that they have become decorative works of art. In times past it seemed that people would invest in a fancy dining room chandelier that guests might see once a year and then just do the most basic lighting throughout the rest of their home. Thankfully lighting has become not only a necessity, but serious focal points within most rooms.
Gone are the days when two gold sconces flank a fireplace! How crazy (in a good way) is this? This daring, contemporary lighting fixture is not only functions as a light source, but is as unique as all the other items in the room, creating visual interest and a conversation starter. I guess it’s the idea that we should be as selective with our lighting as we are with everything else in our homes.
While these oversized black swing-arm sconces may be larger than the child in the picture, they, like the sconce above, function to provide light in the room and for the artwork, but they themselves become works of art.
Bold contemporary sconces need not have giant swing-arms to be “of the moment." These three fixed black sconces borrow from traditional form but are very modern because they are placed as almost works of art against the stark white wall. Because the room is so white, the back furniture, artwork and lighting ground the space.
This Jonathan Adler Havana Black Plug-In Sconce gets its inspiration from Mid-Century design but is crisp and modern; a perfect way to add something sculptural to your walls while lighting them at the same time.
Do not disturb, please. I could crawl into this room and never leave. It’s wildly soothing and serene but manages to punch it up with the large double-arm white sconces.
This is the way reading in bed was meant to be. Just like the black sconce above, this white, Mid-Century double arm sconce may be your ticket to updating your bedside lighting.
Fine, you might wake up in the middle of the night and think there is somebody stalking you, but I think this is a very cool and bold choice for a bedroom lighting.
A new trend in contemporary lighting is an interpretation of Mid-Century lights. Not every new retro light is Sputnik inspired. Some, like the light above has a sexy, feminine aesthetic. It’s bold and big and very much in style. Another way to update your sconces is to find replacement shades that compliment your decor.
A twist on the multi-light sconce is this colorful and large wall mounted fixture. Don’t be afraid to go bold with color. The coral arms balance the pillows across the room. My advice when it comes to sconces: go bold and go home!
Photos courtesy of The Zhush, Decorno, Elle Decor
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.