The new apartment came with three sconces installed in various places, and as far as rental fixtures go, they’re pretty nice. I’m used to apartments coming with those gross faux-brass things with the grape clusters etched into the fluted shades, like the ones I did a makeover on in the old Washington Heights apartment. These are just regular old ceiling sockets that cost less than a buck fifty, and paired with a nice big G40 bulb (three of which also came with the apartment, amazingly), they really do look quite good. I feel like this apartment needs a little bit more, though. The ceilings are so high that I think there needs to be more weight and substance to anything that’s high up on the walls.
I’ve narrowed my options down to seven finalists. While I think I’d like all three fixtures to be the same, I’m not opposed to a complimentary combo—especially if we’re talking about the one in the stairwell.
1. Schoolhouse Electric / Isaac Sconce
2. Schoolhouse Electric / Princeton Freshman Sconce
If narrowed it down to these two, I don’t know that I could choose between them. I love the shape of the Isaac, but I wonder if the slightly more industrial look of the Princeton isn’t more suited to the space. I do like that they’re both adjustable, since at least once of the sconces would be directly illuminating artwork.
3. Barn Light Electric / Downtown Minimalist Sconce
I mean…it’s pink, so I love it. My only concern is that the neck on this one might look a little anemic when it’s on the wall? I feel like this might be better as a bedside or reading light rather than a high wall sconce.
4. CB2 / Marble Flush Mount Lamp
This is basically the same as what’s there now, but MARBLE. Don’t the words “marble wall sconce” make you all warm inside? As much as a I love love love this thing, I’m not sure it gets me anywhere as far as adding a more visually substantial fixture is concerned.
5. Allied Maker / Flush Wood Minimalist
Siiiiiiiiigh. Four choices of wood (including blackened oak!) and three choices of metal. This lamp is gorgeous, no two ways about it. The only thing that makes me hesitate is the fact that I think I need something that’s going to direct the light downward. I don’t know. Maybe not?
7. CB2 / Brass Flush Mount Lamp
This is a nice, hunky piece of brass right here, and the price is great. It would definitely work in all three locations, and because it’s not white, it has a lot of presence. I don’t know, though…I keep looking at this one next to the one above it from Allied Maker and thinking it’s just not quite as nice. The price, though. The price is good.
All I know is I don’t want to be looking at these sconces two years from now and thinking, “Hmmm, someday I should swap out those sconces.” It’s not a big deal! I tried to take photos of where the other two are in the apartment, but it’s a little hard to tell what’s going on because of the weird angles. The one on the bottom left is really high up—directly opposite the one in the picture on the top left, but about 5 feet higher. The fixture the right is in the stairwell, so I can’t install anything there that would protrude too much.