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10 Head-Turning Modern Wall Lights

Too often relegated to the “functional” or “ambient” category of lighting, wall lights aren’t exactly known for being statement makers in a space. Whether used in a small bathroom or a grand living space, there’s no reason a beautiful wall fixture can’t steal the show with superb design. These 10 favorites will make you want to flip the switch on ho-hum wall lights.

1.Counterweight Wall Sconce from Roll and Hill

Counterweight Wall Sconce By Fort Standard, from Roll and Hill|YLighting Top 10 Wall + Ceiling Lights
Counterweight Wall Sconce By Fort Standard, from Roll and Hill

The Counterweight Wall Sconce combines a clean silhouette with a mix of materials: a marble backplate, soft white glass, brass accents, and a wood frame. The result is an elegant contrast that would work just as well lining a hallway or accenting a dining room.

2. Acuo LED Wall Sconce from Cerno

Acuo LED Wall Sconce By Nick Sheridan, from Cerno|YLighting Top 10 Wall Lights+ Ceiling Lights
Acuo LED Wall Sconce By Nick Sheridan, from Cerno

The Acuo LED Wall Sconce is a handmade piece, accented with either walnut or brushed aluminum. Its deconstructed, 3-three-sided box frame is a mix of overlap and gaps, which  adds a complex element to this functional LED wall sconce.

3. Stiletto 24-Inch LED Bath Bar from SONNEMAN

Stiletto 24-Inch LED Bath Bar By Robert Sonneman, from SONNEMAN|YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
Stiletto 24-Inch LED Bath Bar By Robert Sonneman, from SONNEMAN

Just like a stiletto heel, the slim and minimal profile of the Stiletto 24-Inch LED Bath Bar adds a sleekness to any room. Bright, even LED lights light up the frosted acrylic diffuser, which then can be slid up or down the mounting box. Its versatility makes it perfect for flanking a vanity in a modern bathroom.

4. Monocle Wall Sconce from Rich Brilliant Willing

Monocle Wall Sconce from Rich Brilliant Willing|YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
Monocle Wall Sconce from Rich Brilliant Willing

Ever-so playful yet highly functional, the Monocle Wall Sconce swivels to allow adjusting the angle of light. Its milled aluminum body is available in 3 finishes (including this brass beauty) while the diffuser is available in either a flat or domed shape.

5. Abstract LED Wall Sconce from Modern Forms

Abstract LED Wall Sconce from Modern Forms|YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
Abstract LED Wall Sconce from Modern Forms

As artistic as it is functional, the Abstract LED Wall Sconce is made up of overlapping geometric shapes, forming sharp angles into a visually striking design.  The light sources are tucked between the layers of aluminum, creating an interesting interplay between the reflections of light.

6. 14 Wall Sconce by Bocci

14 Wall Sconce By Omer Arbel, from Bocci|YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
14 Wall Sconce By Omer Arbel, from Bocci

The Bocci 14 Wall Sconce is an ultra-unique design that can be used indoors or outdoors, alone or in groups. The subtle style can be used to enhance every style, from rustic,modern, industrial and glam. Each fixture is made of cast glass, using an organic process that creates unique bubble patterns and beautiful halos of light around the fixtures.

7. IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light from FLOS Lighting

C C:W Wall Ceiling Light By Michael Anastassiades, from FLOS Lighting |YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light By Michael Anastassiades, from FLOS Lighting

The IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light began from a playful source of inspiration: juggling. The simple design was inspired by the movement and balance of spheres as controlled by a juggler. The right-angle frame is a sharp contrast to the smooth glass sphere.

8. QB LED Wall Sconce by Bruck

QB LED Wall Sconce from Bruck Lighting |YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
QB LED Wall Sconce from Bruck Lighting

In design, clean and simple can go a long way. The QB LED Wall Sconce has a cubic form that provides up and down light and shields the light source from view.

9. Staple Wall Lamp from Menu A/S

Staple Wall Lamp By Søren Rose Studio, from Menu A:S|YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
Staple Wall Lamp By Søren Rose Studio, from Menu A/S

Taking its inspiration from Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood in the 1930s, the Staple Wall Lamp is a modern throwback to simpler times. Its style is extremely minimal, featuring only an exposed lightbulb dangling from a steel arm, with a touch of industrial glam from the brass finish.

10. Dioscuri Indoor/Outdoor Wall Sconce by Artemide

Dioscuri Indoor:Outdoor Wall Sconce By Michele de Lucchi, from Artemide Lighting|YLighting Top 10 Modern Wall Lights
Dioscuri Indoor/Outdoor Wall Sconce By Michele de Lucchi, from Artemide Lighting

The Dioscuri Wall Sconce is great for indoor or outdoor use, and comes in multiple sizes so you can create a bubbly display of light. The support plate is concealed by the hand blown glass diffuser, allowing the glass sphere to lie flush against the wall.

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Jocelyn Yi

Jocelyn Yi

Jocelyn's passion for all things design stems from her love of architecture. Having grown up in Peru and spending time in London for graduate school, she has an affinity for travel and is constantly inspired by it. Aside from being an internet dweller on her free time, Jocelyn also enjoys photography and eating all the tasty noms.

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