The World of Sconces

A sconce is a wall  fixture, originally used to shield a candle to prevent it from blowing out. The word sconce  is derived from the Latin absconsus, and the French esconce. The reason for this word choice is that the fixture ensconces, or shelters, the light source.  Sconces held candles that were used for illuminating rooms before electricity was invented.  Today, sconces are primarily used as a decorative effect, and although sconces are not a major light source, they can provide indirect lighting that subtly enhances a space.

  • The contemporary Taylor wall sconce by Quoizel has linear style and precise design. The opal etched glass compliments both the western bronze as well as the antique nickel finishes.

Sconces have been used in fine residences throughout the centuries, such as the Peitit Trianon at Versailles. This sconce from the main salon in Petit Trianon is shown on the notable blog ArchitectDesign.

Isn’t it beautiful? If you’re looking to frame a space in your own home, here are some options for you:

  • The Laila wall sconce by Quoizel has a rustic antique bronze finish that will add elegance to your home.
  • The Millennium pocket wall sconce by Quoizel is available in different finishes to reflect your personal sense of style.


  • This Classic Craftsman 2-light sconce is an enduring style that honors the tradition of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.  The piece pays homage to this timeless style, which is typified by straight lines forming squares and rectangles, along with the use of natural materials.

To gain the best visual effect, do not hang wall sconces too high or too low.  Place your wall sconces where they will highlight the points of interest in the room and consider the wattage of the bulbs depending on what kind of effect you desire.

Quoizel has a variety of traditional and contemporary styles to choose from to compliment and enhance your home’s lighting.

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