Changing out light fixtures in small spaces can make an enormous difference in how they look, feel and function. The key to a swift, successful lighting swap is choosing fixtures which will fit with existing junction boxes. For situations in which junction boxes require relocation, it's best to hire an electrician; however, keep in mind this will create somewhat of a mess due to patching holes with drywall mud and creating dust from sanding. This three-bulb nickel and acrylic fixture features a linen drum shade which diffuses the light, allowing the wall color to read more clearly.
A set of travertine stairs leads to the living room, which serves as the social hub of the home. Though small, there are two sconces on either side of the sliding glass doors to provide a guiding light at night.
Replacing an existing window that was smaller, a new insulated double hung window with white trim over the bench with relaxed roman shades brings lots of natural light into the entry. Two adjustable industrial-style wall sconces with a polished nickel finish help illuminate the space.
Install a sleek sconce on the side of the bed, instead of cramming a lamp onto a small side table, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Sconces may feature swing arms or other ways to change the direction of the light, which helps create a comfortable environment for nighttime reading. A wire basket below a bedside table provides additional, yet stylish, storage.
Peek in the mirror of this small bathroom and get a glimpse of the abstract shower tile in grays, blues and white. They served as the jumping off point for the room's tone and palette. Tile: Floor and Decor Tenafly, NJ; Mirror: Uttermost; Sconce lighting: Jonathan Adler; Accessories: Pigeon and Poodle
The unusual floor tile that mimics lattice work served as the inspiration for this bathroom. Baskets tidily corral accessories and linens in the open vanity. Tile and vanity: Floor and Decor Tenafly, NJ; Wall covering: Elitis; Sconce lighting: Robert Abbey
In this clean, white bathroom, designers added an elegant midcentury modern touch with gold fixtures. The natural light from the window reflects off the white walls as well as the shiny fixtures, creating a warm, inviting feel.
The clean, neutral color palette in the small guest bathroom reflects the natural light from the large window to the rear of the space. This gives the illusion of a larger room. To finish off the space, designers added a gray mirror for a bit of subtle contrast and black sconces add a touch of industrial flair.
This beautiful master bathroom pulls elements from traditional and modern design styles. Recessed lighting paired with modern globe sconces -- and a small window over the shower -- ensures an always-bright space. Lena white marble, quartzite counters and limestone floors make the room feel rich and inviting.
Layers of light are as important to designing a welcoming outdoor living area as they are to indoor spaces. So, just as you might include recessed overhead lights, lamps and wall sconces in your living room, outdoors you can plan to brighten walls, landscaping elements and even overhead. In this project, landscape architect June Scott installed small directional lights in a large tree to create what she calls a “moonlight” effect. Additional fixtures graze the walls, “creating shimmering patterns.” She supplemented with candle lanterns around the perimeter — an easy and affordable option that works in any space, no wiring required.
Keep it streamlined. If it’s time to swap out lighting and accessories, such as a clock, go for simple and clean fixtures, which tend to be more affordable than ornate pieces. These days, they offer an array of styles to fit any budget. In this kitchen, Terracotta Design Build creates a streamlined style with a lone clock on the wall and two small fixtures over the sink.
The single vanity in this bathroom is actually an antique table repurposed into a bathroom staple with the addition of a marble top and modern chrome fixtures. The large mirror above the sink is surrounded by a frame of light and is flanked by symmetrically placed sconces — providing tons of light to increase the sense of size in the small space.
This double sink vanity features a white marble countertop and thin tile backsplash strip. A large mirror with mounted sconce reflects the light in the room keeping the space open and airy. A Buddha statue and wood platform soap dish are the perfect finishing touches for the Asian design.