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How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Wall Sconce

How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Wall Sconce

When you're decorating your home, it's important to be thoughtful about your lighting choices. Not only do light fixtures add to the overall vibe of a room, but research shows that lighting can affect your mood

One popular lighting choice for kitchens, in particular, is a kitchen wall sconce. However, it can be hard to find the perfect sconce for your space. 

Luckily, we're here to help. Keep reading to learn about the most important things to consider when shopping for kitchen wall sconces. 

It's time to make your kitchen lighting dreams come true!

Figure Out Where You Want to Place Them

Before you do anything else, take a good look around your kitchen. Are you replacing existing lighting or adding new fixtures to the space?

If you're replacing existing fixtures, do you want to put the replacement wall sconces in the same location? Before you start to even look at possible sconce options, make a plan of where you want to hang them. For example, you might want a wall sconce above the kitchen sink, on either side of your range hood, etc. 

Determining where your lights will go helps to ensure that:

  • You know how many to buy
  • You don't buy something that won't fit in the space
  • You choose an option that will adequately light the space

Make a list of all the spots in the kitchen that you plan to hang your new sconces, so you can reference them when you're shopping. 

Set a Budget

Before you start shopping, take some time to think about how much you're comfortable spending on your new lighting options. Fortunately, there are kitchen wall sconce options available for every budget, but this will help prevent you from falling in love with something that's out of your price range. 

Remember that your budget should account for more than just the sconces themselves. You'll also need to budget for light bulbs, as well as electrical work and installation if you plan to install the sconces in a new area of your kitchen. 

Consider Different Style Options

If you've done even a cursory look for a kitchen wall sconce, then you know there are hundreds of options available. You can narrow down your search by figuring out which style options appeal to you the most. Let's take a closer look at some of the most common styles available. 

Directional Options

First, think about whether you want a sconce where the light points up or down. While most options are fixed in either direction, there are some styles that you can install either way, to get your desired effect. 

When making your decision, think about what you want your kitchen to feel like once the lights are installed. Up-lighting options can help make a room feel bigger, which is ideal for tight spaces. Down-lighting options, on the other hand, can make a space feel cozier. 

Keeping that in mind, you can decide which option gives you the look and feel you want in your home. 

Design Options

Another thing to keep in mind is the design of your new sconces. If you want flexibility in your lighting, consider a swing-arm option, which you can move back and forth depending on where you need additional light. Or, if a fixed position better suits your home, you might prefer a candle sconce, which is fixed in place and often mimics historical lighting fixtures. 

Regardless of which direction and design you prefer, make sure that you choose a kitchen wall sconce that matches the style throughout the rest of your home. For example, a retro wall sconce might look out of place in a home that is modern, just as an industrial option might not fit in a rustic home. 

By choosing something that complements the rest of your home, your kitchen will look more complete. 

Remember That Size Matters

As we mentioned above, knowing where you plan to hang your new wall sconce helps you make the right choice on where to buy. This is especially important as it relates to size, as you want something that will fit appropriately in the space on your wall. 

You might fall in love with a black kitchen wall sconce for example, but if you don't measure the wall area and the fixture itself, it may not work for the room. 

A wall sconce that's too large can overwhelm your wall, standing out in a bad way. Similarly, one that's too small may not provide adequate lighting in the room and look awkward on the wall. 

By measuring beforehand, you can search only through options that will fit in your kitchen. 

Don't Forget About the Bulb

While we've talked a lot about what to consider when it comes to the exterior of a wall sconce, don't forget about what goes inside of it: the light bulb. 

If you're concerned about your energy use, you'll want to consider LED bulbs for your sconces, which use 75% less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. 

You also might want to have more control over how much light your sconces give off, in which case you should consider dimmable bulbs. And, if you're going for a "warmer" vibe, be sure to choose light bulbs that are more yellow than white. 

Pay Attention to Installation

Before you make a final decision on which kitchen wall sconce to buy, take a look at the installation instructions. Even if you don't consider yourself to be very handy, many options are easy to install, requiring little skill. However, some options are more complicated, which you'll want to know about before you attempt to install it yourself. 

Of course, if you fall in love with a wall sconce that looks too difficult to install yourself, consider hiring a professional to do the installation instead. Just remember to adjust your budget accordingly, should you do so. 

Find the Perfect Kitchen Wall Sconce Today

Now that you've learned about the most important things to consider before purchasing a new kitchen wall sconce, it's time to start shopping!

At Interior Deluxe, we've got options to fit every home, regardless of your style. Browse through all of our kitchen lighting options today to get started.  

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