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15 of the best Living Room Wall Sconce Ideas

Wall sconces are often overlooked as a way to light living rooms. We think of overhead lights such as flush mounts or pendants, or lamps on the table or floor. But wall sconces have the ability to both provide overall ambiance and direct task lighting.

Coordinate Everything

Combine coordinating LED pendants and LED wall sconces within your living area. Don’t be afraid to go big and bold, especially if the rest of the space is neutral. These lights coordinate with the wall coverings as well, for a really cohesive approach.

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Enhance What's Natural

This interior is rustic and all about nature framed through the large windows admitting ample natural light. So lighting seems to take a backseat, or does it? This sconce only helps to emphasize the views while playing up the warmth of the wood walls.

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Blend It In

Blink and you’ll miss these wall sconces. They are integrated with an artwork above the fireplace. Their simple black frame allows them to blend in. Recessed lights handle general overhead lighting for the space.

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Art Piece

At first glance this wall sconce looks traditional thanks to its half-drum shade, but the metal framework that comprises it is anything but. This makes it a great choice for a transitional interior that combines elements of traditional and modern. It’s proof that transitional sconces can even be art pieces.

Black and Blue

Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design contrasted blue and black tones in this eclectic living area. Traditional wall sconces flank an artwork over a black marble fireplace. A grand piano both dominates and ties together the space.

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Neutral with a Pop

Neutrals with a pop of coral dominate this living room interior by Kelly Sohigian of kellydesigns. Brass details including a fireplace screen and mirror are reflected in the elegant wall sconces on either side. Floor and table lamps further contribute to the airy and open feel.

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Open Living/Dining Idea

Have an awesome linear pendant in your open dining area? Have you checked to see if there are coordinating wall sconces? If so these could be a great fit for your adjoining open living area.

Flora and Fauna

This whimsical living area incorporates a love a flora and fauna. Ample live plants are joined by floral patterns, contributing to a homey, cozy feel. A floral wall panel is the perfect backdrop to show off this metal-leaved wall sconce.

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Coordinated Approach

Wall sconces don’t need to act alone. These elegant fixtures pair well with a gray drum shaded pendant and a lamp. Layers of light are the best approach to lighting your living space. The lamp is great for reading, while the other fixtures provide overall illuminance.

Draw the Eye Up

Kelly Sohigian of kellydesigns incorporated these vertical sconces against a textured wallpaper backdrop in this otherwise white living room. The vertical emphasis makes the space feel taller. They perfectly frame the fireplace, featuring a geometric screen.

Show Off the Fireplace

Looking to accentuate your fireplace? Try an arched mirror above flanked by a fluted wall sconce. A colored backdrop will show off the set up even more, such as with the soft pink shown here.


Two-level living area? Try two levels of wall sconces. This works especially well when you have a mezzanine. Recessed lighting provides overall illumination for the grand space.

Soft Focus

Kristina Phillips of Kristina Phillips Interior Design crafted a soft-focus living room with blush billows, rounded forms and a textured rug and roman shades. An elegant glass globe pendant is complemented by wall sconces and a table lamp.

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Light as Art

Love creating gallery walls? Have you ever considered making lighting a part of it? These artful abstract wall sconces blend right in as sculptures against this artistic gallery wall set up. A white backdrop lets the sconces and art truly shine.

Create an Escape

A large-screen TV above a fireplace looks inviting for a cool evening. Pair it with an elegant wall sconce that complements the home’s modern architecture. This sconce illuminates a cozy window seating area.

Now that you’ve learned some ideas for using wall sconces in your living area, we hope you’ll put them to good use. There are wall sconce styles that work with every decor, and they offer so many benefits. Try incorporating sconces as part of your overall living room lighting strategy.


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