Published on January 9, 2020

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Welcome to The Deep Dive, in which we search high and low for the best of the best products for every corner of your home, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugs. Next up: plug-in sconces.

Fact: A bedroom is only as great as its lighting. In your wind-down location of choice, a single overhead pendant simply won’t cut it (and when square footage is tight, a table lamp isn’t always in the cards). But a well-placed sconce or two can make a powerful impression—and provide the perfect glow for nighttime reading. Too often, though, picking the right fixture is only half the battle. You still have to install it.

For those who want a stellar setup without having to call an electrician, there are plug-in lamps. A flexible solution seemingly designed with renters and commitment-phobes in mind, they’re a much-needed reminder that sometimes the most straightforward alternative can prove to be the most eye pleasing. Take the hard work out of hard wiring with these pretty plug-in picks.

Black

Every room needs a touch of black to ground the space, so why not start with the lighting? These sculptural options will steal the show no matter what your palette is.

Brass

Give your bedroom some glitz with a pair of gold-hued wall lamps. Whether they’re swivel or flush mounted, they won’t go unnoticed. 

Glass

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to glass lights. Add a dose of Little Mermaid–inspired iridescence with a seashell sconce or go industrial with a globe suspended on a brass ring. 

Silver

If you love high shine but brass isn’t for you, try a metallic shade in materials ranging from nickel and aluminum to steel and even silver. 

Colorful

Craving color? Fuel your (design) appetite with one of these vibrant fixtures. Opt for a fire-truck red mid-century antique or go for a bubblegum pink sculptural piece.

Natural

Layered linens aren’t the only way to add a dose of texture to your space. These sconces made from terracotta, cane, rattan, and feathers fit the bill perfectly.

White

Minimalists at heart will be drawn to these white lights, which will seamlessly blend into the wall for a bright and airy look. 

Wood

Warm up your room with wood tones thanks to these sconces in all shapes and varieties, from walnut to birch. For small spaces, one even doubles as a nightstand. 

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