Published on June 17, 2018

Photography by ADDIE JUELL
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Photography by ADDIE JUELL

Fact: A bedroom is only as great as its lighting. A defining detail that all too often goes overlooked, how you choose to light (or not light) your space says more about you than you think. Function and illumination aside, a stellar wall-mounted fixture or design-forward pendant can make a powerful impression. That said, picking the perfect fixture is only half the battle.

For people who want stellar lighting without all the work, there’s plug-in sconces. A flexible lighting solution seemingly designed with renters and commitment phobes in mind, plug-in lights are one of the simplest way to achieve an elevated look without ever having to call in an electrician. Just take it from writer and florist Lisa Przystup’s upstate New York dwelling. Consider her non-mounted fixture a much-needed reminder that sometimes the most straightforward alternative can prove to be the most stylish. Want to take the hard work out of hardwiring? Swipe through for a few of our favorite plug-in picks on the market right now.

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Holiday Bundle #1, Color Cord Company, $65.00

Looking to recreate the previous scene? This incredibly fun pendant let’s you do just that—and on a budget too! Simply hang the fixture from a hook in the wall to pull off the look of a sconce.

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Simone Double Plug-In Sconce, Schoolhouse, $399.00

A sculptural lesson in balance and scale, this double-duty light is as visually captivating as it is practical. Available in two orientations as well as a refined brass finish, what this non-adjustable fixture lacks in flexibility it makes up for in form.

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Edendale Straight Articulating Plug-In Sconce, Rejuvenation, $319.00

Crafted from hand blown glass, this shapely stunner is all about the art of transparency. When paired with an edison bulb, the shade’s spherical facade is sure to come to life.

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Counterpoise Swing-Arm Sconce, Restoration Hardware, $609.00

Inspired by Édouard-Wilfred Buquet’s iconic lamp, this sleek nickel rendition is the perfect match for late-night readers and bibliophiles alike. With an adjustable arm that practically seems to span the whole room, you’ll be able to catch the light wherever you choose to curl up.  

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Pelle Sconce – Long Gooseneck, West Elm, $179.00

Don’t be fooled by its simplicity: This swivel sconce’s singular composition will look ultra chic alongside any basic bed. Although there are many ways one can introduce metallics to the bedroom, we love that this brass find serves more than one purpose.

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Cigar Wall Sconce, Lightology, $495.00

Love the comfort of a lamp, but don’t have room for a bedside table? This mod wall-mounted sconce lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. Comprised of solid walnut and a steel wire frame, the fixture’s classic shape and familiar elements are just two epic reasons to mount it on the wall.

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Cadena Brass 1-Light Plug-In Arm Sconce, AllModern, $69.99

Subtlety is the name of the game for this brass upgrade. Though it might not provide all the light you’d need to get around in the dead of night, this no-fuss stunner will pair perfectly with any existing decor.

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Minimalist Color Wall Sconce by Retro Light Shop, Etsy, $37.00

If your bedroom is currently craving color, fuel its appetite by placing this basic green fixture in its presence. Not only is this Etsy snag seriously affordable, but it will also pick up on any mid-century elements or equally-rad vintage finds within its surroundings.

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