Let there be light. I’m absolutely obsessed with sconces in all forms, and I find that they add such a personal touch to a living room that you’re not able to find by using traditional floor lamps. They’re honestly also one of my favorite types of bathroom lighting, since they add so much sophistication to the space.
Plus, it turns out I’m not the only person who’s aware of how absolutely transformative a well-placed sconce can be. In fact, West Elm has amazed me recently with their selection of sconces. I've found that there are options in various shapes, sizes, price points, and design styles.
From cheeky flower shapes to modern gold looks, West Elm has created a few unique sconces that will easily adorn your favorite mirrors, artwork, or vanity. I don't like all of them, and these are just some of my favorites, but you’ll see that their selection goes way beyond my choices.
Best West Elm sconces 2024
These double-fluted glass frames come with a ribbed, textured finish to allow your light to soften, and you can pick between two metallic finishes: antique brass for a gold glow or dark bronze for subdued shimmer.
With a perforated metal and vintage brass finish, this sconce is all about the curves. Perforated hardwire allows for the light to subtly shine through, and the gold color scheme makes a bold statement.
The Barclay Butera Wilshire Wall Candle Sconce is a throwback to the old candle holder sconces of previous times, a feeling enhanced by the pretty iron hardware. The mirrored glass also adds a vintage touch.
Available in nine beautiful shades—from olive green to speckled tan—the Henry Sconce exemplifies sleek vibes. It’s a simple, sturdy option if you’re looking to go more minimalist.
This is my absolute favorite choice for a bathroom or powder room. Not only does the bright, integrated LED bulb last forever, but the chic brass accents are moisture-friendly, so they’ll be able to withstand the elements
Why have only one light when you can have two? This tubular, criss-cross design is so original, and the arms are adjustable so you can pick your perfect dimensions.
The Mitchel Sconce gives me retro vibes, but the simple spherical shape is truly timeless. You can just use one to highlight a photo or piece of art, or add multiple around your wall for a glamorous look.
This white linen shade adds a comforting glow to any hallway, while the exposed metal frame keeps it a bit more on the industrial side. I recommend buying a set of two in order to adorn a mirror on either side.
The Florent Sconce is particularly chic because it uses plaster for a monochrome look. The silhouette is traditional yet modern, and the sloped curving container hides even the largest bulb easily.
According to the brand, the Rotaire 3-Light Sconce has a flora-inspired design, and I can totally see how: Don’t those hardwire circular cones look just like little plants? The cast aluminum finish is durable, yet lightweight.
For a beach vacation-inspired look, this sconce is ideal: The relaxed rattan brings texture and comfort, and it can be installed both vertically and horizontally, depending on how modern of a look you’re going for.
Pretty hexagonal shapes and a selection of finishes give this sconce a custom feel, while the metal canopy adds an elegant finish. It’s the perfect accessory to add some soft light over a simple vanity.
How do you make sure your sconce has been placed at the correct height?
You can trust Homes & Gardens.
Generally speaking, sconces should be placed at eye level, which is typically around 60 to 66 inches from the floor. This allows for the sconces to provide adequate lighting without causing harsh glare or discomfort, but of course, exact height depends on how tall you are and how you’d prefer the lighting to be showcased across the room.
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Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.
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