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6 Perfect Wall Sconces for Your 1920s Home

Updated on June 12, 2012

Looking for wall lighting for your hundred year old house?

Are you renovating a room in your 1920s house, and you want your lighting to be modern but also reflective of the time period of the house? I just gutted and renovated my main bathroom, and spent a lot of time looking for just the right lighting. If you are like me, you want something sleek and modern, but also with a nod to the original time period of the house. This is not an easy balance to find, so it's important to make the right choices the first time.

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Murray Feiss Single Sconce in Chrome

Murray Feiss VS7401CH Bentley 1 Light Wall Sconce in Chrome with White Opal Etched Glass glass

This Murray Feiss sconce is a perfect retro look for a bathroom in an older home. The chrome finish makes it seem modern, and its clean lines help it work in a variety of places around the house. But the style is distinctly vintage. It can be hung either way, and allows for a 100 watt light in it. There are no issues with supporting an energy-efficient light bulb, so you can save money while you put on your makeup. And you won't ever forget your home's distinctive style and period.

Hudson Valley Single Sconce in Polished Chrome

Hudson Valley 1951-PC Berwick 1 Light Wall Sconce in Polished Chrome

This Hudson Valley single sconce is made of polished chrome to give it a more refined look, and can work in a variety of rooms. It is designed for the bathroom, but I could see it in a laundry room as well. The lines are modern but simple, and can be used in a house that has just been built or is 100 years old. It's that versatile. It is also available in satin nickel for a more modern look.

Hinkley Single Sconce in Bronze

Hinkley Lighting 5670OB Mayflower 1 Light Wall Sconce in Olde Bronze with Champagne Rust glass

This sconce is much more traditional than the chrome options, but it is perfect for a bathroom or bedroom that needs soft lighting and has earth tones as the primary colors. Even though chrome is an extremely popular choice today, there are a lot of color stories that don't particularly match it. In those cases -- where you're using a travertine countertop, for instance -- you will want something like this. This is a subtle nod to the past while still staying current and modern.

Minka Lavery Single Sconce in Chrome

Minka Lavery 3231-77 Bella Rosa 1 Light Wall Sconce in Chrome with Etched White Glass glass

This is my personal favorite, and the one I ended up purchasing for my bathroom. Every day I go in there and turn on the lights and think, yes, this was the right choice. Simple in its design, it has a modern chrome finish, but etched glass to make it more transitional. This sconce looks perfect in my updated bathroom, but would also look great in a more modern home. My only issue is that the light looks much better if it puts out a white light instead of a yellow-y light. I have one of each right now, and the yellow light is a CFL bulb. This is an easy fix, so just be sure to get white lights instead of ones with a yellow tint.

Landmark Lighting Single Sconce in Polished Chrome

Landmark Lighting 60000-1 Halophane 1 Light Wall Sconce in Polished Chrome with Ribbed Halophane Glass glass

This Landmark Lighting single sconce is really fascinating -- its chrome finish makes it sleek and modern, but the halophane glass makes it seem as though it came out of the 1920s itself. Halophane glass became popular at the start of the 20th century, so it makes a perfect accessory to any room in an older house.

Access Lighting Single Sconce in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Access Lighting 23801-ORB-FRA Greko 1 Light Wall Sconce in Oil Rubbed Bronze with French Amber glass

For a warmer light, try this Access Lighting single sconce in oil rubbed bronze. Though it also comes in brushed steel, it's the bronze that really makes this sconce work. It's more traditional than transitional, but if you are renovating your rooms in a more traditional way, you can't beat this look. The look is not overpowering, but it is always elegant. Unlike the others listed here, you don't want to go over a 60 watt bulb, so if you need a lot of light, this isn't the pick for you.

Inspiration for your hundred year old home

There is a limitless amount of information on how to renovate your 1920s home. Here are some of my favorite sources of inspiration.

Do you have a favorite sconce? Let me know.

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    • MissRubyStars profile image

      MissRubyStars 5 years ago

      I'm getting ready to makeover our master bathroom. Thanks for the ideas!

    • glenbrook profile image

      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Don't have a favorite sconce but I love old houses. Last year my wife and I bought a house built in 1920.

    • Lauriej1 profile image

      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Great lens! The 1920s was a beautiful era. :)