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The Best Vintage Wall Sconces for All Budgets in Every Room

A round-up of vintage wall sconce lights from high-end designers and their low budget dupes for timeless accent lighting in every room of the house.

If there was ever a way to kick a room up a notch in the lighting department to create that moody, cozy effect, it’s definitely by using vintage wall sconces.

vintage wall sconces on either side of Venetian mirrors in a bathroom

Why Vintage Wall Sconces Are Perfect for Any Home

Wall sconces are the BEST at

  • adding character to an otherwise plain space
  • highlighting art or architectural details on walls
  • making a space feel warm and welcoming with their cozy glow
  • helping a brand new home seem like it has a long, beloved history

When I shared our DIY batten wall using lattice strips in the breakfast nook last week, I got the same question over and over: “Where did you get those vintage wall lights?!”

flower vintage wall sconces on a white board and batten wall

How to Install a Wall Sconce Without Electricity

If you don’t want to go through the expense to wire a wall sconce or hire an electrician to do it, you can just use these rechargeable LED light bulbs in the fixture instead.

(I even placed puck lights inside the shades of the sconces in our office to hang them wirelessly.) You can follow this tutorial for other ways to hang a sconce without wires.

Source | Vintage Double Shaded Sconce

double shaded vintage wall sconces in a home office with oversized art, rolling chair, and navy cabinet

Or you can opt for sconces with a plug-in option. We often use these cord covers to hide the cords on plug-in lights. Paint the covers the same color as your wall and they virtually disappear.

We used plug-in sconces with cord covers in our neighbors’ coastal living room makeover.

Source | Nickel Swing Arm Plug-In Sconce

Vintage Wall Sconces Around Our Home

So I thought it would help to give a tour of the vintage wall sconces around our house (there are lots of them) and round up a bunch of gorgeous designer sconces with their less expensive look-a-likes!

Since we moved into this house 5 years ago, we’ve slowly been adding them in many of the rooms.

Breakfast Nook Wall Sconces

I found these whimsical brass ruffled sconces for the breakfast nook that softened the straight batten wall with its soft curves so perfectly!

Source | Vintage Brass Flower Wall Light

ruffled flower vintage brass wall lights on a board and batten wall

Stairway Wall Sconce

Hanging a sconce on a wall up our enclosed staircase highlights our family gallery wall so beautifully! Since we don’t have a ceiling light in the stairway, the sconce is a major workhorse here.

I found it on clearance years ago at Lowe’s, but since it’s now discontinued, this one is similar…

Source: Double Black Candelabra Sconce

black candelabra sconce on a gallery wall up a staircase

Bedroom Wall Sconce

Since we had to settle for small nightstands in our bedroom, we didn’t want a lamp taking up valuable side table space, so these swing arm plug-in sconce lamps were the perfect solution.

Source | Swing Arm Wall Sconce Plug In Lamps

swing arm plug in wall lamp beside a bed with black walls and white French bifold door

Living Room Sconces

We lucked out with sconce boxes already wired above our mantel in our living room when we moved in. Even though our art is actually a Samsung Frame TV (which I gave a brutally honest Frame TV review about here), the sconces trick the eye even further to make people think it’s real art.

I spray painted gold some inexpensive sconces I found years ago, but these are similar.

Sources | White Shaded Sconce Light

shaded vintage wall lights on either side of a Samsung Frame TV above a brick fireplace in a living room

Bathroom Sconces

Most people don’t know that hanging shaded sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror is ideal for putting on makeup! Because your face is lit from either side with diffused light, shadows virtually disappear.

It was the biggest reason why I didn’t want a vanity light hanging above our bathroom mirrors because shadows make makeup application challenging.

Source | Vintage Shaded Gold Sconce

shaded vintage wall sconces on either side of a Venetian mirror in a bathroom with marble countertop

The Best Vintage Wall Sconces for All Budgets

I rounded up a bunch of my favorite high end antique and vintage style wall sconces and their more budget-friendly counterparts so that you can get the look for less. They all would add so much charm in any hallway, entryway, bathroom, dining room, anywhere!

Splurge Vintage Style Wall Sconce Lights Over $200

 

Splurge | Vintage Sconces Over $200

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Save Vintage Style Wall Sconce Lights Under $200

Save | Vintage Sconces Under $200

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Frequently Asked Questions

How high should you install a wall sconce?

The general rule is to install a sconce 66-72 inches from the floor. If your ceilings are taller than 8 feet, aim for close to 72 inches.

How far apart should you install a wall sconce?

If you’re installing multiple sconces in a hallway, keep them around 6 feet apart. This will allow your space to be evenly filled with light without any gaps.

What color light bulbs should you install in a wall sconce?

It’s all about your personal preference, but most designers recommend between 2700-3000K light bulbs. They add clean, inviting light without being too blue or yellow.

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8 Comments

  1. Great post! It’s amazing when the inexpensive choices look just as good as the expensive ones 🙂 I guess my question would always be would they last as well…
    Lauren, I love your posts. They are always so relatable and you have such good information!
    Thank you!

  2. I have looked at many of these lights and not one is under $20.00. Did you mean to write $50.00?

    1. I think you just mis printed just above the lights where it says
      So if you’ve been on the hunt for some sconce lights for a small budget, I rounded up all 20 of my favorites for under $20.

  3. Love your posts & blog, Lauren.
    Is there a link missing? When I click on a sconce they come up as way more than $20.

  4. That is so funny! I’ve been looking for a scone light for sooo long and some of the one you shoved us are in my shopping cart too! I just can’t decide (that’s me sometimes!) Thanks for this post Lauren!

    1. Yes! I put a link to two options further up on the post for how to turn a hard wire sconce into a plug-in and how to make it operate with a remote using a puck light. 🙂