I have written about sconces in the kitchen before and they are on my mind once again. I’m working on a kitchen design that has the potential for wall lighting and I have suddenly found myself all in on kitchen sconces. However, my client is more hesitant about seeing a wall of sconces saluting her every morning and since it is something she will ultimately see every day and not me, I have been sending her “sconcey” kitchens, farmhouse inspired wall lights and sketches of sconces in an effort to sway her decision towards my pro-sconce camp.
The thing about putting sconces in your kitchen is that most of the time, they are not terribly useful. The sconces in the above sketch illuminate shelves that are already lit sufficiently by the downlights in the room. I think this is what was ultimately causing my client to wake up at 5 am worried about her wall of sconces. If you want sconces in your kitchen, as I apparently seem to want, first look for a place where they will provide needed light and then find a space with the architecture and cabinetry that makes sense.
I like the way sconces in kitchens amp up the style and coziness of a room that can look a bit sterile with stainless steel appliances and wall to wall cabinetry. For the same reasons, I really like lamps in kitchens – they give an instant “homey-ness” to a room.
Moral of the story? If you, too, like sconces in kitchens, look for places where you will need light and then find a logical and attractive place for them. If you are worried that your kitchen is going to look like a lighting showroom, draw them out and see what you think. If it looks like too much, it probably is.
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West.
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