Turn Your Bed Into a Cozy Reading Nook With the Help of These 8 Wall Sconces

bedroom wall sconce in Rivertown Lodge by Workstead
credit: Workstead

Every bedroom needs good lighting — especially if you're the type who likes to crawl under the covers with a novel. But what if you don't have space for a dramatic floor lamp, or even the all-too-familiar nightstand-table-lamp combination?

Enter bedroom wall sconces. Affixed to the wall beside the bed, sconces take up virtually zero space while giving you plenty of illumination for reading — and they can pack quite a design punch, too. Here are eight bedroom wall lamps perfect for every style.

Woven

Woven Flynn Single bedroom wall sconce by Serena & Lily
credit: Serena & Lily

Go trendy with a natural-fiber woven shade, like this petite rattan option from Serena & Lily, inspired by vintage pharmacy lights. It'll add instant texture to the bedside (and look good even when it's turned off).

Retro

Radar Plug-In bedroom wall sconce by Schoolhouse
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These old school sconces by Schoolhouse are inspired by industrial design (note the quirky junction boxes below the shades). The design comes in six bright colors, from pale green to sunny yellow, and doesn't require any hard-wiring: Simply affix to the wall and plug in.

Noir

Plate Matte Black bedroom wall sconce from CB2
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For a petite bedroom wall sconce with a simple profile, consider this little matte black number. It'll fit within any bedside nook, no matter how small. This is also a chance to show off a good looking bulb, since it'll be exposed.

Minimalist

Nymane bedroom wall sconce from IKEA
credit: IKEA

If you're a self-proclaimed minimalist, an IKEA light fixture might be the perfect bedroom wall sconce for you. It's teeny with clean lines, but swivels so you get optimal reading light. Best of all? It's under $30.

Old-Fashioned

bedroom wall sconce in Rivertown Lodge by Workstead
credit: Workstead

You have modern comforts like electricity in your bedroom. But you can still add all of the charm of a bygone era with a couple of sconces that are inspired by candle-holders — like the one in this hotel room by Workstead. For a similar look, try this brass version from Anthropologie. Or, try your hand at this hack.

Big and Bold

Lights with round, opaque glass shades are in, as demonstrated by this colorful sconce, which comes in green, pink, gray, and yellow. Hang it low next to the bed so it's well within reach, and as a bonus, there's just enough space on its metal shelf to store your phone and watch while you sleep.

Caned

Don't be afraid to go a bit avant-garde. This quirky caned bedroom wall sconce adds a gentle glow to the bedside when it's turned on — and looks like a trendy wall hanging when it's turned off.

Midcentury

bedroom wall sconce in Windsong Project by Studio McGee
credit: Studio McGee

Opt for a midcentury look — like the one seen in this bedroom designed by Shea from Studio McGee — with the help of a bedroom wall sconce, so you don't have to take up any room on your nightstand. Or, for a similar fixture, try this alternative from France & Son. Either way, you'll have more space on your bedside table for books.


Annie Quigley

Annie Quigley is a freelance writer, editor, and poet whose work has appeared in Remodelista, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.