This Old-School, Colonial Era Item Is Suddenly Lit Again and I’m Absolutely Here For It
Wall candles, or candle sconces, have likely been around in some shape or form for thousands of years, but they peaked in popularity during the 17th and 18th centuries — think the ornate, gilded wall candles seen in Versailles to the simple wrought iron ones that lit up Colonial Williamsburg. While they’ve never officially gone out of style, they’re currently having a moment again. Prized for their ability to add ambiance and a subtle glow to shadowy corners, staircases, and other dimly lit areas, these pieces are often priced pretty economically because they require no wiring, making this trend a budget-friendly touch. For that same reason, you don’t need an electrician to install them, so you’re not bound to the placement of electrical for installation either. To “glow up” some blank wall spots and dark crannies in your own home, look to these seven shoppable picks, which are some of my favorites on the market right now. One last thing to note: Open flames can be dangerous, so be sure to keep an eye on your candle sconces when they’re lit.
Hammered Gold Sconce
Rio Wall Mount Candleholder
For a more historic accent that’ll fit right into traditional, farmhouse, or vintage-inspired spaces, look no further than this ageless beauty from Pottery Barn. It’s clean, linear, and looks even better in a grouping of several on the wall.
Buy: Rio Wall Mount Candleholder, $39.50 from Pottery Barn
Jacob Wall Sconce
To achieve a slightly more contemporary look with your candle sconces, you can’t go wrong with this pick from West Elm. Sporting a saturated black hue and geometric detailing, it’s the perfect design for a pillar candle.
Buy: Jacob Wall Sconce,
$40.00 $32.00 from West Elm
Wade Logan Glass Sconce
Etta Avenue 13.1″ Stainless Steel Wall Sconces
Are you looking for candle sconces that double as pieces of wall art? Then you’re in luck with this set of two wall candle holders from Wayfair. Their interlocking rectangle shape gives them a modern edge, and they’d be a nice touch over a fireplace for an extra bit of soothing symmetry.
Buy: Etta Avenue 13.1″ Stainless Steel Wall Sconces,
$41.50 $33.99 from Wayfair for a Set of 2
Vela Stainless Steel Wall Sconce
To allow your candle sconce to fade ever so slightly — yet stylishly — into the backdrop of your walls, consider this smooth-looking, polished CB2 candle holder. You’ll have your pick of stainless steel or brass finishes, too.
Buy: Vela Stainless Steel Wall Sconce, $49.95 from CB2
Ariana Ost Twinkling Star Wall Taper Candle Holder
Want a little bit of your wall color to shine through, even when hanging a candle sconce or two? This luxe-looking, brass candle holder might be just what you’re looking for in that case. The star-shaped cutouts on the wall plate of this piece will add a bit of whimsy to your twinkling display.
Buy: Ariana Ost Twinkling Star Wall Taper Candle Holder, $60.00 from Urban Outfitters