Vanity Light Inspiration: Sconces

Vanity sconces for every design style - by Grace + Gumption

From classic to industrial, sconces are all the rage for bathrooms right now. This trend really gives an updated look, making any bathroom [big or small] look and feel fresh and flattering. Check out these examples as inspiration for your bathroom vanity light update.


Although simple in design, industrial sconces have a desirable architectural charm. Inspired by the industrial era, these fixtures have a rustic metal finish (such as brushed nickel or cast iron) and have an exposed shade or (no shade) that reveal the filaments of an Edison-style light bulb. Industrial sconces have an organic vibe that pair beautifully with the contemporary details.


Sconces that are nautical inspired but sleek in design, work great to give that coastal feel in a bathroom. Coastal sconces often have a caged shade and lantern shape which it make them unique. No need to go overboard on the nautical theme, the light fixture alone will do wonders.


Farmhouse sconces are vintage-inspired. Farmhouse sconces have vintage-like glass shades/globes in either shape or color. Opposite of the industrial trend, it’s not the metal architecture that gives a farmhouse style light, it’s uniqueness – it’s the glass.  What gives a sconce a farmhouse feel, is its glass shade/globe. The glass shade can vary in color and shape. The color can be a vintage white, blue, brown or cream tint, or even clear and the shape can vary from bell, egg, umbrella, ripple, and the list goes on. You may have seen folks upgrade an old sconce with a mason jar as the globe – that diy project is consistent with this trend.


Traditional sconces have been around for decades. They are the classic look that never go out of style. A traditional sconce typically has a fabric shade but it can also include very ornate and detailed glass shape shades as well. Bottom line, a traditional/classical sconce has a regal design that will be used for years to come.

I hope you are feeling inspired – I know I am! Stay tuned for a post about the sconce lights I chose for our own half bath.

PS: Have a design style that you would like for me to cover? Please feel free to comment your ideas for what you would like for me to cover in my next post.

God bless,


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