41 Sconces for Warm Winter Light

by Grace Bonney

It’s funny how a deadline can make things come together quickly when you’ve been dragging your feet all along. Julia and I have been using our dining room as a catchall for our leftover bits and pieces from Brooklyn and it was, frankly, a ginormous mess. You can check it out here (slide 23) for the full effect, but suffice to say, it needed to come together — and come together quickly — for a big reason: it would be the site of our 14-person Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanks to some great local craftsmen, we were able to get the entire room (trim, ceiling and walls) painted, have bookshelves built and have all new electrical cut and installed in time for the big meal — the night before, to be exact. Nothing like a photo finish. I’m going to post a big reveal on the site soon, but in the meantime, all of my hunting for dining room sconces got me thinking about all of the great options I found, and how wonderful sconces are for adding some warm light in cold, dark winter months. So today I’m sharing 40 of my favorites that I found in our search. From the $99 twig sconces we got for our bathroom to splurgy, fancy sconces, there’s something fun, chic and a little funky here for everyone. xo, grace

Geometric sconces, clockwise from top left: Gridlock Sconce $2,100 (Splurge), Cast Aluminum Wall Sconce $96, Vendome Sconce $349, Bistro Four Sconce $735, Martin Wall Sconce $95+, Layla Sconce $169, Conall Sconce $385, Sconce $229.
Branches and leaves, clockwise from top left: Jen Sconce $215, Taylor Sconce $335, Archer Sconce $99 (This is what we used in our bathroom!), Brass Floral Sconces $1,099, Branch Sconce $315, Laura B Sconce $285, Fred Sconce $215.
These were the sconces we ended up using in our new dining room. The mirrored background reflects the warm light so nicely. Faceted mirrored sconce $96.
See! We have three of them installed and they're perfect for romantic dinner light. We also got a sputnik-style chandelier from Dutton Brown on Etsy for $349.
Heavy metal sconces, clockwise from top left: Tincelle Dot Wall Sconce $128, Precision double sconce $1,050, Beat Sconce $540, Hastings Sconce $849, Darlana Sconce $378, Devoe Sconce $500, Westbury Sconce $660, Venice Sconce $630.
Andre Arbus Wall Sconces $1,479 (I love these little arms!)
Industrial Sconces, clockwise from top left: Palara Sconce $398, Double Sconce $118, Colored Sconces $65 each, Nova Sconce $179+, Industrial Sconce $60, Pelle Sconce $249
Superordinate Antler Sconce $360 (A blast from the past of my first few posts about Brooklyn Design, which were hopelessly devoted to antlers).
Celestial sconces, clockwise from top left: Astra Sconce $1,898, Etoile Sconce $315, Allison Sconce $179, Molly Sconce $149, Clay Sconce $175.
I couldn't resist these cuties. Although it's a little too close to home, as we're pretty sure we have squirrels living in our walls right now- eek! Thankfully these sconces are only fake carved wooden squirrels. I think they'd be so fun in a child's room. $498 each at Anthropologie.
Stripes, clockwise from top left: Ceramic Sconce by Pigeon Toe Ceramics $339, Striped Deco Sconce $139+, Striped Schoolhouse Light $145+.

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  • That gridlock sconce is calling my name! And now I’m even more ready for it to be Friday night so I can be away from my computer light and in some warm cozy lamp light.

  • So many choices in lighting to choose from! They’re all beautiful with their own individual charm. However, the sconces, lamps and pendants in gold appear to offer more warmth. I’d definitely suggest that gold spoke dining room light for a room redesign or home staging.

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