"Downlight is not the most attractive lighting," she explains. "When you're thinking about your space and what's inviting and attractive, having ambient lighting around the perimeter of the room is the ideal. It's the most attractive when it comes to how people in the room look."
Here are a few different ways to approach it.
1. Try a Sophisticated Reading Light for Small Spaces
This sconce was born out of necessity. There wasn't really room for a table lamp in the petite living room, says Pickart. So she placed this black and brass sconce fairly low, at about 48 inches from the floor, with a low-watt bulb. "It's a great reading lamp," she says. "Very chic."
2. Pick a Picture Light
3. Get Creative With Mix and Match Fixtures
You can also mix and match your sconces in the same space, especially if one, like this pivoting wall sconce from Workstead, is a serious statement piece.
4. Stay Even Using a Matched Pair
Pickart recommends hanging sconces at a height that's "rational" to the door heights of the room (i.e. not too high). One way to keep things flexible is to have the lighting on a bracket.
5. Counterpoint With Period Details
Even when (especially when?) your decor skews modern, you can make a counterpoint with more classic or period-appropriate sconces.
6. Bring Outdoor Style Indoors
This outdoor light adds a pop of drama, and a farmhouse feel, to a white wall in an otherwise subdued room.