Lust for Light: Library Style Wall Lights for Every Room in the House

Lust for Light: Library Style Wall Lights for Every Room in the House

Catrin Morris
Aug 30, 2012

I first fell in love with these library-style wall lights in an issue of Domino, which featured the bathroom (shown above) of editor Rita Konig. What an unexpected choice for a bathroom, with those big spidery bold legs sticking out over the sink. I love how the sconces — which are almost swing arms but only move up and down — give Konig's bathroom an extra layer of character and warmth.

Together with the geometric wallpaper, dark toilet seat and small wooden table, the lighting makes this bathroom a true original, one that I flag and re-flag (and pin and repin). The sconces are the Boston functional library two-arm wall lights from Visual Comfort and are available at various retailers, including at Circa Lighting for $336.

Here are some different ways to use these versatile lamps, which look equally good in modern and traditional rooms. (Although I still love the bathroom (first image) the best!)

If spending $700 on two of these is out of budget for you, the Santino swing arm lamp from Home Decorators Collection is only $99 and is somewhat similar. There's also the Princeton Senior from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply, which is $199. Anyone have any other less expensive versions to share?


1. One of my favorite bathrooms, which I am currently shamelessly copying in my own home. From Domino magazine via Katy Elliott.
2. Another bathroom, this one bold, sleek, and black, makes use of the Boston wall lights. From Ty Larkins via La Dolce Vita.
3. Here is the sconce in a laundry room as task lighting, from the Visual Comfort Blog.
4. From New York designer Celerie Kemble via Attic Mag.
5. A nice little reading nook from Jim Murphy and Associates via Houzz.
6. Three above a kitchen window from the Visual Comfort blog.

(Images: As linked above)

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