New Bedroom Fixtures with Vintage Flair

by Josh on February 5, 2011 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

The style and placement of light fixtures can make a huge impact on the overall feel of a room.  For my younger son’s bedroom, I wanted fixtures with clean lines and vintage flair that would look bungalow-appropriate without being too stuffy or overdone for a child’s room.  I settled on a pair of reproduction wall sconces and an unlit ceiling fan.

Sconce in bedroomBy choosing wall sconces for the bedroom I am replicating the type of lighting the room had originally.  During the demolition phase of the project I found a pair of sconce boxes– with live wiring!– that had been paneled over during a remodel.  For my renovation, I relocated the sconces from the interior wall to the exterior wall alongside the windows.  I made this change chiefly to gain flexibility in placing furniture in the room, where I otherwise would have felt compelled to put the head of the bed on the wall between the sconces.

The sconces themselves are from Lightworks, a local antique and reproduction lighting shop.  I picked a period basic round shaded sconce design because it really fit my goal of being historically appropriate and stylistically versatile.  The bronze finish on the sconces is what they call a “living finish” that will gain patina as it ages.  (Right now the photo shows a patina of construction dust.) The white opal shade is nicely proportioned to the sconce and adds a nice contemporary feel.

Ceiling fan in bedroomFinding the right ceiling fan was tricky because I had some very specific requirements.  I wanted a bronze finish to match the other hardware and maple blades to match the floor.  That combination alone was pretty limiting.  Add in my preference for four blades and the need for a hugger design due to the eight-foot ceiling and the decision was practically made for me.  Fortunately this fan from Period Arts is exactly what I was looking for.

The fan has a very modern silhouette and with a nickel finish it would look completely contemporary.  But the dark bronze metal and natural wood blades keep it from looking cold or stark.  Before I found this fan, I was tempted to settle for something white that would just blend in with the ceiling.  But I’m glad I stuck to my criteria because it has turned out to be a great visual accent and counter-balance to the hardwood floor.  The fan won’t fool anyone into thinking it is an original fixture, but it still feels like it really belongs there.

fan and sconce

The pieces are finally coming together for this room! Up next will be laying the hardwood floor for the new closet.  And someday soon I will need to finish restoring the window sashes.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Foxcroft February 5, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hey Josh,

The room looks good, but if you’re posting at 2:37 AM please make sure to get some sleep before you start on the flooring in the closet!



Josh February 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

It wasn’t that bad– the site’s clock must be off by an hour because it was only 1:37am when I finished the post. Better, right Mike?


AdamA February 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I have been checking your blog off and on for some time now, but hadn’t yet commented. I admire how earnest you are with architectural details. Interesting fan. If I had come across that style I would probably have passed by it. But knowing the style of your house, and in combination with those sconces, I actually like it. So now I will be looking forward to your restoration of window sashes!


Allison Burley February 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm

These are great light fixtures. I’m looking for similar for my bedroom. These would make perfect reading lights over the bed! I love the colors in that room, too.


Josh February 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks for the fan feedback, Adam. I’m learning that context has such a big impact on the fit and feel of individual details– sounds like you agree.

And, Allison, I totally agree with you about those sconces as bedside lights. I really should have bought a second pair of the sconces for my master bedroom because that has been on my list for a while.


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