A single wall sconce in the kitchen can be a charming way to add a little pizazz, light a dark corner, not to mention creating a little asymmetrical balance, whether it is a traditional touch:
or a contemporary accent, like this diminutive member of Artemide’s Tolomeo family.
OK, I admit, the one above might well be half of a pair, simply not shown in the photograph. Pairs of sconces are great too – take these two, lighting the counter and providing a little accent at the same time in this calm contemporary space:
Or these, perfectly framing the hood in this delightfully fresh kitchen by Cheryl Kees Clendenon of Kitchen Details and Design:
Or how about pairs of pairs of sconces – they are quite a feature in this grand kitchen. With no down-lights at all in the ceiling, they must be very necessary. In fact, it’s hard to imagine the lighting is anywhere near adequate in this space, unless there’s something I can’t see?
So let’s not limit accent lighting to a chandelier over the island, or some pretty pendants over the peninsula. I’m definitely in favor of liberating decorative wall sconces from your powder rooms, and making space for them in the kitchen. Let’s just make sure they’re not the only lighting for your workspace.