Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Which Pair Of Sconces Would YOU Choose?!

One of the elements that I am changing out in my family room re-do are the sconces on each side of my over-mantle mirror…..

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I found this piece at an antique store. It is actually mahogany underneath the white paint, and probably dates back to the early 1900’s.

I love to mix antiques with newer pieces in a room. I think it gives warmth, and sometimes even a little provenance to a room.

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Keep in mind this mantle spans 17 ft., the entire width of the room.

Now that you have a visual of the mantel lets look at some of the lighting possibilities that I like that are within my budget. 

Of course I have some that are outside my budget., It is always fun to look, and be inspired, but I want to be reasonable with my wants. After all none of these things are needs.


I do like the antique gold finish, it is soft and I believe timeless. 

The round shape will add a softness to the rectangle shape of the wall above the mantel.

It also comes in a black finish, which would tie in with the my fireplace screen and other black touches throughout the room……

As much as I love black, this reads a bit harsh for my room. I will hold off my judgment until after I see it in person.
This style also comes in a double light fixture……

It is more of a dark bronze, so a bit softer than black, but I don't think they carry it in   the antique gold finish. Of course I will inquire about that if this becomes a finalist!!

I truly love this fixture, but we don’t think it will work because of the wiring height. 

As you will notice in the image of the existing light fixtures the electrical boxes are placed high on the wall since the lighting has both up and down lights.  Since this has a shade I don’t think it will look right placed that high.

This is a bit newer and more trendy but I love it and have pinned it in several room images since I first saw it.

Sherry from Design Indulgence used this sconce in black,  in a room she pulled together for me on polyvore titled Nantucket family room! 

So many of the elements are exactly what I love, and already have. She just pulled this together on a whim, and look at what she came up with. 

I would say she nailed it. She is one talented and generous  designer and blogging friend. If you have not visited her blog yet, you have to go over there. I promise you will love her as much as I do………..

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Back to the lighting……

This last light fixture is the style  I originally had envisioned for the room, but it measures 17in high and 6 in wide. I think it will look too massive for the room.

The other problem, it is custom made and non-returnable. I have to see it in person, I am a visual girl and like to see what I am purchasing.Especially when it will be such an important element in the room.




What can I say it is jut pretty and a forever piece.



This is what has been in my designing mixing bowl. Now you get to help by telling me which one or two sconces you can see in my room. 

 Things to Keep In Mind.......
A blue and white ticking sofa with white chairs. I like a traditional look with a twist. I always add touches of black in my rooms!

 Spring/ Summer fabrics in room......

Fall/Winter Fabrics....

If any of you have seen a sconce you think would look good in my room other than what I have chosen throw it into the mix. I love to read your opinions, plus it is just fun!!!


Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I rather like the double fixture #3. It will take more volume and give you a little black.

Sarah said...

Kathysue, you make this such fun. I'm learning a lot from you thought process. I vote for #1. I like either color choice. My first choice would be your "out of budget" # 6. It's my favorite of all. Also crazy about #8. I'd say save on something else and get one of these if you can. Love the fine tole work and detail on #6 and the shape and brass details on #8.
#1 has nice detail too. I like the grace of the arm and the nautical look of the mirror backplate. It will look nice with the ticking stripe.
Thanks for including us in this fascinating process.

Sarah said...

Forgot to mention the Greek Key design on the brass base of #8. '-)

michele said...

call me crazy but another possibility is checking out home depot and visiting the exterior sconce/light section. the bonus is if it doesn't look right in the space, you can take it right back. here is a nautical one we have used indoors, and we have also used the oval shaped lights similar to it.


smiles to you.


Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

This is one I can't help you with, but I love them all. I know that the one you choose will look beautiful.
Happy Wednesday.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the sconce that Sherry chose...yes, she is a very talented designer...love her blog and loved sitting in on her class at Haven..I am rather a traditionalist and love to mix in contemporary things here and there...am i loving #8...

Melinda said...

I would go simple single black - you've got a long going on in that room with patterns on the fabrics and other decor plus what's on the mantle including the details in the mirror, so I would keep it simple and add some contrast with dark bronze or black.

penny said...

I think, to visually balance the space, and because of the height of the ceiling, the sconce needs to drop down from where the wiring is attached to the wall rather than lift upwards. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean as far as positioning:



I also think I would use sconces that feel like they're part of the mantle itself rather than use ones that are too distinct from it in style, since they are so integral to the focal point of the structure. Then if you want to mix things up a bit use other styles of accessories along the mantle shelf.

Victoria said...

I agree with Sherry. I would pick the Light Trends sconce in black. It is just the modern -- yet classic -- style you need to juxtapose against your detailed mantle.
I cannot wait to see your choice.
XO, Victoria

Donnamae said...

This is so much fun! I'd go for #8...and save $ on something else. My second choice is #3, either one would take up more visual space, and spread things out over your 17ft. mantle. Curious to see which one you are gonna pick! ;)

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

I like #3. I like the rounded shape. But, my favorite is #7. Again, I love the round shape. The scalloped edges remind me of your mantle and every room should have a bit of sparkle.

The enchanted home said...

Hi! I am back..happy to be here, missed all the beauty and fun!

I love 3 the most for your space, feel that the idea of a double is the way to go given the width of that mantle, always go big (learned that from the greats) a single sconce to me will get lost.It would be great if it came in the soft brass finish, agree! I like 8 too if yo could do a white or off white shade? Love 6 but not necessarily for your space, but its a beauty. Your room is shaping up beautifully...know whatever you choose will be wonderful!

5th and State said...

love such posts and love so many of your choices!

i would definitely go with no. 4. the mantle has so many details i would let it shine on it's own versus competing with lighting in tight quarters.

luv to you!

John said...

I'd opt for the unnumbered one with the rectangular, black shade. It would break up all of the round forms and mimic the picture frame profiles. I have this shape of lampshade in my living room and also flanking the bed. It's unexpected and adds some dimension to the over-all wall. Maybe Doug can modify the wiring, remove the lacquer from the brass (acetone) and age with either vinegar or chemical patination!

vignette design said...

I agree with Melinda. Since the mirror is so ornate, a simple sconce would work better and not compete with it or the lamps on the mantel. All the sconces will be great in the room with the fabrics, but the mirror is the one element to consider when choosing, in my humble opinion! That being said, I personally love number 6!
Whatever you choose, it will be fabulous!

Jeane M. said...

The selections in here gives me really hard choice. I love #6 but theres something about #7 that draws me to it, interesting piece. Got my eye on your next posts.

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

I think that #1 is a good choice in the antique gold. The neck drops down, which you need because of the high placement of the electrical box. The gold finish marries well with the picture frames. The detailing on the round base reminds me of a portal on a boat and gives the fixture a slightly nautical feel.
Good luck with your choice!
~ Wendi

Stacy Curran said...

Oh this is so not going to help because everyone is saying different things! I personally like #8, but I hesitate to even weigh in since I know you will make the best choice without any help!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I really like Sherry Hart's choice - I like to mix things up though - I like that it is simpler and won't compete with that beautiful mirror. Best wishes!

Babs said...

Gosh, I looked at your older posts to see if I could find a photo of your whole wall.(I'm not good at visualizing things.) LOL I think number 8 since that sconce seems wider,and the wall is 17 feet wide.
But, would the wider one be too close to the mirror? Looking forward to seeing your final choice.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

4 - because the sleek line and less bulk and so it is about the light and not trying to overtake the wall with a statement and you will not be wowed in the beginning but it will last a lot longer and you wont get sick of it...


YOU crack me up!!! I am liking the black one....I do think black goes with everything:)