12 Designer-Loved Fireplace Sconces to Give Your Space a Glow-Up

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WORDS BY Rebecca Deczynski

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Published on December 27, 2022

When cold weather rears its head, there’s no room feature more covetable than a fireplace. And whether you have a gorgeous built-in fireplace (lucky!) or you’ve mastered the art of the DIY option, the right mantel decor will make this feature even more of a standout focal point. Fireplace sconces, for instance, will help to frame your mantel and create a cozy, lived-in ambience.

Design-lovers know how much the right lighting can make or break a space. Opting for lamps (big and small) and sconces can help to create a warm feeling in your interior that’s all the more welcome during the darkest months of the year. Sconces come in a wide range of styles, so you can always find the right option that suits your own personal taste. Arranged above or across from a fireplace, these light fixtures easily set the mood.

Think of fireplace sconces as the accessory that will elevate your space with just the flick of a switch — or, in some cases, the lighting of a candle. Here, Havenly designer Kasee Smith breaks down how you can embrace this fireplace decor idea in your own home, and shares products you can add to cart right now. 

Clean-cut contemporary

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If you’re a fan of clean lines, neutral colors, and matte metallics, you probably err towards a contemporary sense of style. With a simple built-in fireplace — like this electric, glass-front option — minimal sconces are the way to go. If you prefer a hyper-modern look, try linear, back-lit sconces like Wayfair’s flush mount model, and if you like a contemporary look with a hint of timelessness, opt for CB2 and Wayfair’s real and faux candle options.

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Bold & daring modern

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Sconces are also a great way to have a little fun with your sense of style. They’re a small feature so they won’t overwhelm your space, so consider them your opportunity to accessorize boldly. If you like your interiors modern and exciting, look for sconces in more statement-making rounded shapes, like AllModern’s globe sconce and Perigold’s circular dish sconce. For a hint of mid-century flare, you can also consider CB2’s swivel sconce.

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Classic and refined traditional

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Love historic color palettes, crown moulding, and rich wood furniture? Chances are, your style skews towards the traditional side of things. In that case, consider ornamenting your fireplace with sconces that evoke a classic feel with an old-meets-new essence. With their drum lamp shades, these sconces from Arlo Home, Rejuvenation, and Perigold are all well-suited for older homes, without looking too antique.

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Charming and breezy bohemian

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Natural materials and whimsical details are a key part of bohemian style’s charm. These sconces from Anthropologie and Wayfair not only serve a functional purpose — they also act as works of art. Even if your style doesn’t lean entirely into boho territory, adding an element of this breezy style can make your space look more interesting and lighthearted. It’s all about balance!

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Words by Rebecca Deczynski