Man has attempted to harness the power of flame to provide heat and light since the discovery of fire, and wall sconces were one of the main ways in which they did this. Sconces would be placed on the walls with appropriate spacing to bring light, and sometimes warmth, to a room. You’ll find them everywhere if you visit some of the castles in England, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as they were the main source of lighting. Sconces may well be the oldest type of lighting fixture in existence. And they have remained popular ever since their first use.
Today, in addition to adding different levels of light to a room, sconces have become a focal point that can flank fireplaces, mirrors, and artwork. They provide lighting and ambiance, and in the case of the sconces featured here, provide a stunning and dramatic focal point to a room. No longer a necessity or just an afterthought, sconces today are often where an interior designer starts, using the sconce as the focal point in a room and building out the rest of the design from there.