Everyone remembers task and general lighting in their rooms… After all, it becomes apparent pretty quickly that you don’t have enough lighting the first time you sit down to read a book or help someone with their Algebra. However, one of the secrets of interior designers is that lighting is key. That means you can’t neglect those dark walls and corners. Ambient lighting can make a room, especially in the evening. So, we turn to sconce lights. Sconce lights attach to the wall, and add a soft glow. They do provide some gentle general lighting as well for pass through areas. But chances are, if you’re reading this post, you aren’t looking for some run of the mill sconce you can pick up at the box stores! These DIY sconce lights are original, or used in an original way. They add a touch of character without becoming a focal point. Love!

From Claire at ‘Camille Styles’, this DIY copper pipe wall sconce is a great project for those who like a bit of fresh industrial flavor in their rooms. (My hand is up!) She has a really complete step by step tutorial. Note : You do not need to weld, nor need a pipe cutter for this project.

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‘BHG’ has another version of a DIY pipe sconce that is hard wired into the wall. As they suggest, always consult an electrician for hard wiring…

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Have you seen these cool metal fruit bowls at Ikea? I happen to own one… ‘IkeaHackers’ made an Ikea bowl lamp! Ingenious!

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From ‘Engineer Your Space’ on ‘Instructables’, this DIY wood and metal wall sconce looks like something you would buy at an upscale store… I like how delicate the wood strips make it appear.

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Our next one is a tutorial for these DIY paper wall lamps from Ama at the ‘Oh Oh Blog’. Can I just say, oh, oh!!! You have to click through and see the photo of these in her stairwell. Fun fact? Her blog translates every paragraph into Spanish and French as well as English!

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This Shades of Light knock off sconce by ‘The Project Addict’ is a simple idea using decorative metal sheets to cast cool shadows. You can get this type of metal at most hobby or home improvement stores.

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BHG‘ has a similar project, but suggests using art paper inside the lamp to diffuse the light. They also caution if you go that route, to use a low wattage LED bulb to prevent fire hazards.

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From Kristine at ‘The Painted Hive’, this DIY industrial sconce light makeover is a crazy cool before and after! This is done with a material you will never guess!

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This last one is from ‘Apartment Therapy‘… this light isn’t the DIY… I know, because I have the exact same one hanging in my living room next to my faux fireplace. (Target, before you ask!) But what is cool is the Ikea shelf bracket they used to hang it with. If you notice, they drilled a hole into the bracket to allow the cord to run all the way back to the wall. Great idea when you don’t want to hang from the ceiling!

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So, ready to make some cool?

Image Credits: Oh Oh Blog, Camille Styles, BHG, Ikeahackers, Instructables, Project Addict, BHG, Painted Hive, Apartment Therapy

 



4 Comments

  1. Ama July 10, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for featuring my paper wall lamp!

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    1. Kathy Woodard August 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks for sharing such a great project with the blogosphere!

      Reply
  2. Meghan October 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I’m dying to find that black cage lamp in the Apartment Therapy post (you said you have the same lamp). I know you said you got it from Target, but I can’t find it anywhere!! :-(

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Meghan! Unfortunately, I don’t see it there anymore either! Try Home Goods if you have one nearby, I saw one like it there recently! Wish I could be of more help!

      Reply

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