These 12 game-changing plug-in sconces will give you a soothing glow without the hassle of installing
Forget calling the electrician - these 12 perfect plug-in sconces create the ambience and soft glow of a wall light with none of the hassle of installation
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When your square footage is tight, and you haven't considered the intricate wiring at the planning stages, plug-in sconces and wall lights are a great option.
Providing a cocooning glow for nighttime reading, giving a cozy living room corner some extra glow with a statement light, or helping a renter put their stamp on a property where they can't drill into the walls, a well-placed sconce without any DIY work is a design trick worthy of recognition. I'm currently on the hunt for a pair of plug-in sconces to sit on either side of my bed, and these 12 are calling my name.
Oonagh is an interiors writer and editor, and expert at keeping up with trends. She's also a keen online shopper, with shopping baskets full of decor must-haves that reflect wider trends from the world of interior design. For this story, she's picked her favorite plug-in sconces on the market right now.
Covered plug-in sconces
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A covered plug-in sconce is perfect for bedroom lighting. The shades or hoods mean there is no glare and stops any harsh light. Create a soothing, calming vibe with any of these cute additions.
This wall sconce comes with a plug that you can tuck neatly behind a bedside table, or desk, and stylishly illuminate any surface. The sconce has a 90-degree swivel and there are a range of colors to pick from. I like it in butterscotch, with a touch of mid-century charm.
This cute wall sconce from Anthropologie has a certain modern rustic charm, with jute carefully wrapped around an iron frame to bring a relaxed feel to your space. It is fitted with a transparent wall plug for the on-and-off switch and will work in many different rooms.
It's the playful shape and mushroom-style that draws me to this particular plug-in sconce. Simple shapes and a tactile look and feel marry with the calming color palette for a great piece of minimalist decor. The base is available in a range of colors too so it suits any style room.
Plug-in task sconce
Angle your lighting to help you work or read with these clever plug-in task sconces. The angular nature is part of the aesthetic, and these three in particular have caught my eye.
A flexible, functional and stylish wall light with a telescoping arm that extends outwards. It's also got a handy adjustable shade so you can direct light to where it needs to shine.
With a zig-zag design, this adjustable wall light mounts easily onto a wall, with a covered bulb that shines light downwards. It's made of satin-polished brass which brings extra warmth.
The Leap sconce swivels on a curved arm and has adjustable shade so you can direct it in any way or style you like. It combines matte black and a high shine copper-colored finish.
Globe plug-in wall lights
Globe plug-in lights are all the rage, seamlessly fixing onto any surface and delighting with their soft, diffused glow.
A globe glass shape supported by a delicate petal-like encasing made from antique brass. There is a full-range dimmer included, meaning you can adapt to any mood you like, and it sits perfectly on a wall by a little reading nook.
Add modern charm to your space with this plug-in wall sconce with a glass globe shade. Perfect for cozy corners, it is easy to install up the wall and has a sculptural element to it while saving space. The stem is also available in black or white.
This dangling globe light from Artemide gives the space a floating, ethereal look with a tasteful adjusting feature in brushed brass. The blown glass diffuser contains a warm LED light with a warm, sustained radiance.
Plug-in hanging wall light
If you want a bit more drama from your plug-in wall light, these three pendant-like options might work for your space.
I love the look of this wooden, Scandi-inspired hanging wall light, with a tasteful colored cable to hide the wiring and a cute pendant that slots perfectly into any small space or corner.
I'm into pearlescent pink at the moment and this wall light certainly fits the bill. Its unique teardrop-shape adds interest to a blank wall, and its plug-in design allows for easy access.
By embracing the wiring with 20 feet of red and gold striped cord, topped with a tasteful bulb, this wall pendant has a certain industrial quality that I love. Just make sure to get a hazy glass bulb to diffuse the light.
Oonagh is an interiors writer and editor, and expert at keeping up with trends. She's also a keen online shopper, with shopping baskets full of decor must-haves that reflect wider trends from the world of interior design. For this story, she's picked her favorite plug-in sconces and wall lights to bring light and style to any room of the home.
Why are plug-in sconces trending?
A wall light or sconce can work as the perfect finishing touch in any room, elevating the space with one simple decorative and functional addition.
'Wall lights are great for providing illumination,' says Anna Popov (opens in new tab) of Interiors by Popov. 'Lighting lining the perimeter of a room helps illuminate the entire space properly. Decorative wall sconces can add a creative touch as well, while also providing quality light on either side of the mirror. In rooms like a water closet—a separate space for the toilet—it is nice to install a single wall sconce along with a small piece of art. The light is soft, calming, and creates a sense of warmth in the space.'
The problem with sconces is that they're so often fiddly to install, involving complicated wiring and precisely positioned electrical sockets that should have been considered at the planning stage.
Plug-in sconces and wall lights are certainly having their moment. More and more, lighting designers are turning to plug-in lights for sconces, and creating fixtures that are as beautiful as sconces without plug-in mechanics.
Instead of wiring, the plug-in option simply plugs into the wall, and more and more brands are unveiling beautiful designs that are easily mounted onto walls with no fuss, meaning you can have the sconce look for less.
Many include a disguised or transparent wire to avoid too much visual clutter, and other designs embrace the wiring, with fabric-wrapped cord to create an industrial look to your light fixture.
Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.
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