Top 10 Wall Sconces for Small Spaces

updated May 4, 2019
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Sconces are the chameleons of small space lighting — they blend in anywhere, whether a bathroom, hallway, or bedroom. Here are 10 particularly compact and useful designs, from high-end Italian pieces to budget utility lighting.

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Their Flat Stock Single Sconce has a mirrored backing that reflects light, and it’s affordably priced at $59. There are double and triple versions as well. If you’re a renter, check out their non-hardwired Industrial Sconce, $79.

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Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, this architect’s lamp is a contemporary classic. A smaller version of the adjustable table and wall lamps, this compact Tolomeo Wall Spot by Artemide has an adjustable shade and sells for $180.

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This renter-friendly Halogen Pin UP Gooseneck Lamp is very affordably priced at $25, and the long-lasting bulb and adjustable shade are nice perks. No hard-wiring required, just tack it up to the wall with a hook or nail.

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Made from aluminum and designed by Alfredo Haberli in 2007, the Lane Halogen Wall Sconce ($316) has a clean, contemporary design that casts indirect lighting on the wall and can be hung to flood light upwards or downwards.

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Based in New York state, Lampa makes mod contemporary lighting that’s compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs, and they have a product take-back policy for recycling fixtures. Shown: Cobble Sconce, $350.

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The George Kovacs Nickel Sconce, $61, has a brushed nickel backplate, a simple angular arm, and a modern fabric shade. Also available through this online retailer — customizable lamps with your choice of shade and base color.

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Made by Italian company FLOS and sold through various modern retailers in the US, the Model 265 by Paolo Rizzatto sells for $1,032. The long, swing-arm design is an icon of modernity. The adjustable arm and reflector are painted steel.

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As far as vintage accordian wall lamps go, Christian Dell’s are the real thing. This one comes from LA antique store JF Chen, price on request. Bell, a metalworker at the Bauhaus, originally designed the lamp in the early 1930s.

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Shaped like a drooping flower, the Kartell E’ Wall Sconce ($106) has a modern chromed metal arm that contrasts with the slightly granny-ish colored shade. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani in 2006, the lamp comes in seven colors.

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This Portland store sells reproductions of Victorian, Deco, and Craftsman lighting, including this new version of classic early 20th century hotel lights. With two joints, the Bend Swing-Arm Lamp extends further than most reaches and sells for $285.

Photo: Lampa Cobble Sconce