Avoiding Matchy-Matchy with Coordinated Wall Sconces

Avoiding “Matchy-Matchy” with Coordinated Wall Sconces



Just like shopping for furniture, choosing the right lights for your home requires some planning. While it’s tempting to settle on a single fixture style and fill each room of your house with pieces from the same collection, doing so will only make your home look boring… fast. One of the best ways to spruce things up is with a coordinated approach to light layering. Whether you prefer minimalistic design themes or love more eclectic décor, mixing and matching your light fixtures can help you enhance a room’s beauty and build upon your favorite aesthetics. From blissful unions of metallic finishes to creative combinations of textures and silhouettes, we’re giving you a room-by-room tour of how to choose cohesive lighting that’s easy on the eyes by focusing on the expansion lighting options present with wall sconces.


Entryway Wall Sconces Set the Scene

The main entrance of your home should welcome guests and showcase your personal sense of style, and entryway sconces help you do both. Set the scene with an ambient fixture that complements an overhead chandelier, or add task lighting near a hallway tree or console table. Hone in on focal points like mirrors, artwork, or benches by flanking them with a matching pair of sconces, or use these fixtures to illuminate doorways or seating areas. The trick is to use them strategically so that the area doesn’t look cluttered and the style doesn’t look messy. Where is a wall sconce most helpful? What type of wall sconce can enhance the space and its existing lights? When in doubt, take a “less is more” approach to avoid overwhelming one of the most important areas of your home.

Pro Tip: Help your ceiling lights and wall lights co-exist by choosing designs with a common theme, whether it’s the same metallic tone or a similar silhouette. Also, it’s important to remain cognizant of an entryway’s adjoining rooms. You’ll want some kind of repetition in themes, whether it’s through materials, geometric shapes, or general decorative themes. (Check out “The Art of Lighting” for an overview of styling ideas for each room.)

Living Room Wall Sconces

Whether you’re working with a cozy space or an open floor plan, the living room is your home’s main gathering spot for family and guests alike. Light it accordingly with a medley of fixtures that’s cohesive but intriguing. You want to create a synergy in this space that flows outward into its connecting rooms and embraces similar design themes. That being said, you want there to be some contrast in order to keep things interesting. If you’re sticking with similar metallic tones, try using texture to make a statement. Hammered finishes look even more striking paired with matte or polished fixtures, while unexpected combinations of wood, glass, drum shades, and capiz shells can help weave together an overlapping theme. Iron is an excellent metallic choice for living rooms, as it works well with both cool and warm tones. Use this industrial finish to unify two competing elements and establish visual harmony.

Pro Tip: The interplay of wall paint, furnishings, and overall décor will help in creating cohesiveness, so the sconces you choose don’t have to do it all. It’s perfectly okay to skip wall sconces in some rooms, as a diverse lighting approach is good in and of itself.


Continuing the Flow with Hallway Sconces


Hallways are some of the few areas of your home where a series of matching lights can work beautifully together in visually pleasing ways. Consider sconces with both uplights and downlights for added balance, or pair dark fixtures with light walls to create contrast in an otherwise neutral setting. Be sure to pay attention to how these lights interact with doorknobs, floor lamps, and other adjacent design features.

Pro Tip: Remember that the size of a hallway space will ultimately dictate its lighting needs (e.g., narrow hallways can benefit from petite sconces that don’t take up too much space.)

Mood Lighting to Task: The Dining Room

Dining rooms and kitchens are prime spots for layered lighting, so give yourself permission to experiment with fun styling combinations. Carefully chosen gold tones can warm up stainless steel appliances – silver hardware, and nickel finishes alike – while pared-down sconces can balance ornate chandeliers. Dimmable lights are a smart choice for these high-traffic areas, as well, and can accommodate dinner parties, study sessions, and everything in between.

Pro Tip: As a general rule, try to mix at least two finishes in each room – but never mix more than four. An easy formula is to choose one prominent metallic tone, juxtapose it with an opposite metallic tone, and then complement your main metal with one or two similar finishes.

Bathroom or Powder Room Sconce Lighting

Bathrooms and powder rooms demand great light, and wall sconces are just the ticket. One of the biggest lighting considerations here is how different fixtures will look alongside existing faucets and knobs – but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for matchy-matchy finishes. Try creating visually pleasing contrast by using brass or gold sconces and bath bars next to cool metallic tones. Similarly, you can use chrome sconces above oil-rubbed faucets and handles for a more dynamic presentation.

Pro Tip: Hesitant about mixing your metals? Try playing with color temperatures instead. Today’s bulbs come in a range of correlated color temperatures (CCT) that emit different levels of warm and cool light. The lower the CCT rating, the warmer the light.

Bedroom Wall Sconces

Master and guest bedrooms come with their own unique lighting requirements, from bedside lamps and torchieres to traditional chandeliers. And since bedrooms should be tranquil settings, you’ll probably want to stick to very similar themes and styles. Tie everything together with just a couple metallic finishes or textures, and pay attention to your bedroom furniture’s hardware to avoid too much contrast.

Pro Tip: Matching bedroom suits are a safe choice, but it’s important to avoid the same approach with your bedroom lighting. While it’s a good idea to stick to simplified light layering in this room, it’s also important to steer clear of one-and-done cookie cutter collections. That being said, it’s okay to incorporate a favorite lighting collection throughout your home as long as you space it out. Create a cohesive atmosphere by using these pieces in different rooms rather than going overboard in a single space.

Mixing and matching wall sconces with other light fixtures can add depth and character to your home while enhancing its overall look and feel. By sticking with cohesive themes and paying attention to each room’s unique needs, you can avoid the monotony of matchy-matchy décor and create eclectic, distinctive, and harmonious combinations that are true to you. Check out 5 Expert Lighting Tips to Enhance and Complete the Look of Your Home for more styling ideas, or read Advice From a Designer: How to Solve Accent Lighting Dilemmas for quick solutions to common lighting questions.



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