5 Modern Traditional Plug-in Wall Sconces

 
Image via  Emily Henderson

Image via Emily Henderson

‘Modern Traditional’ sounds a bit contradictory … So when I was talking out loud about creating our new apartment this style, I decided I needed to do some research on the name. Turns out, I didn’t fully make it up! The great Emily Henderson also came up with the name for one of her latest projects. In her words “… it’s a little bit traditional (obviously), a little bit rustic, with a hint of modern, and infused with an heirloom and handmade look.” My thoughts exactly.

With this style comes many options for decor, lighting, and furniture. This can be fleeting and also a great challenge. To help with making decisions for a space, I take time to mock it up in Photoshop. Below are my top 5 and how they look with the artwork, bed frame, and rug chosen for the room (I’m still working through the nightstand/end table situation).

Links to each light fixture provided for you!

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01 — European Accordion Task Light

Our apartment is one floor (the floor with 12ft ceilings), of a 1900’s Victorian. The owner did an exceptional job with restoring the building and even kept many of the original fixtures and features. The kitchen is completely re-done, with white cabinetry, butcher countertops, and dark bronze cabinet pulls (slightly farmhouse).

This accordion light matches more of the vibe and style of the kitchen and the transitional light/fan ceiling fixture in the bedroom. It is a bit more industrial but the rough brushed nickel helps add to that rustic/heirloom look.

$159 | Target

 

02 — Traditional English Cottage Light

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This light screams old English cottage/traditional. The contrasting hardware matches the tone of the art above. They exude cozy/comfort while matching the contemporary headboard and warm kitchen of the apartment.

$146 | Wayfair

 

03 — Modern Traditional Brass Light

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(Eep!) I started with “eep!” because I tend to shy away from brass/gold. The Midcentury Modern trend has really overdone gold and brass. Since Midcentury Modern is a 180 degree shift from my style and aesthetic, I never thought I should use it. I’ve found that brushed brass or unlacquered brass (when unfinished brass darkens and creates patina), paired with the right style of fixture or hardware, creates a timeless look.

One of the original light fixtures in the apartment is an intricate brass chandelier that I am absolutely in love with and these sconces would match the color flawlessly. I simply don’t own anything else brass or gold so this option could be a great start.

This light screams old English cottage/traditional. The contrasting hardware matches the tone of the art above. They exude cozy/comfort while matching the contemporary headboard and warm kitchen of the apartment.

$122 | Wayfair

 

04 — Crisp Modern Hybrid Light

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This sconce is a safe bet. It’s brushed silver with a white metal dome shade. The mix of materials is unassuming, which adds some visual interest, but maintains the serene and monochromatic aesthetic of the room.

$44 | Amazon

 

05 — Rustic and Leanne Ford Inspired

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If you’re familiar with HGTV’s Restored by the Fords or with Leanne Ford’s Instagram page, you may think I took these sconces directly from her. I did not! But I did choose them because I feel so much for her style and wouldn’t mind having her textured monochromatic tone in my own home. These would match with my latest Craigslist dining table find. Plus, added texture is always a good idea for any space.

$155 | Wayfair

 

Do you gravitate towards one of the 5 options?? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below.

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