Friday, January 30, 2009

Traditional Bathroom Wall Lights

Traditional bathroom lighting can range from simple to elegant and elaborate.

Wall lights in a bathroom provide the illumination you need to get ready for work every morning and, in the evening, that hard-earned night on the town. A broad range of bathroom fixtures can provide the light you need. But you also want fixtures that complement the decor in your bathroom. If your tastes run toward the traditional, you won't have any problem finding fixtures that are both practical and stylish. Does this Spark an idea?

Wall Sconces

A wall sconce is a light fixture attached to the wall with a decorative shield covering the bulb. In a bathroom, a sconce is typically mounted on each side of the mirror above the sink or vanity. Sconces come in a variety of shapes and designs to fit your bathroom theme. Among traditional styles are Art Deco, etched glass and shell-shaped. Sconces are available in a variety of finishes, including glazed, metallic and ceramic bisque.

Vanity Lights

Vanity lights are directly above the bathroom mirror. They typically feature three or more lights in a row. Vanity lights come in a variety of designs, including crystal, colored glass and stained glass. Outfitted with high-wattage bulbs, they do a more than adequate job of illuminating the entire room.


If you like the shabby-chic look, consider a mini-chandelier sconce on each side of your mirror. Mini-chandelier sconces complement a bathroom featuring such old-fashioned decor as a claw foot bathtub and a subway tile floor. Alternatively, choose a larger rustic white chandelier, and hang it from the ceiling elsewhere in your bathroom. Chandeliers can often be found in thrift stores.


Many hardware stores sell faux candle sconces, available in brass, wrought iron and metal. For a gothic look, simply mount these sconces alongside the vanity mirror. Most of these sconces use electric candles which hook into the wall via wiring. As with the chandelier, you might browse the thrift store for vintage candle sconces. Have them rewired, and use them in your bathroom.

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