When choosing lighting for your home, wall lights can wear both functional and decorative hats. Hesitatingly used in the past due to uncertainty about style choice and placement, indoor wall lights are now being increasingly utilised by homeowners and designers alike. They are often used to supplement overhead lighting, as people move away from grids of downlights to softer lighting schemes.

Making a valuable and versatile addition to any lighting scheme, they can be placed everywhere from living areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways to outdoor spaces such as patios and decks.

With an abundance of designs on offer, there is guaranteed to be a style to suit all tastes - choose a sleek and contemporary wall light that complements a minimalist décor, natural materials for a more organic look or vintage inspired lights for a traditional aesthetic.

Here, we discuss 5 reasons why you should consider decorative wall lights for your space and suggest some of our favourite products as chosen by the Lighterior team.

Wave Wall Light | Lighterior

1. Enhance the ambience of your home.

Decorative wall lights can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home, making it a comfortable space to enjoy. Layering your lights can add a softness and contrast to a space. For example, switch on wall lights and turn off overhead lights to transition your open-plan living area from highly functional during mealtimes to cosy and relaxing.

It is also important to consider not just how the light looks but how it makes you feel – use your lighting to create the perfect ambience for your way of life and your personality.

Cloud Wall Light & Selene Uplight Wall Light

The Cloud Wall Light, with its natural ceramic material and softly curved form, emits a gentle wash of warm light, adding an understated glow to a room. The subtle eggshell colour and illumination of this handcrafted light allows it to set the mood in any interior setting.

Selene Uplight Wall Light brings not only a warm and subtle illumination, but the sustainable timber offers raw and organic elements. This complements a natural aesthetic and helps to create an inviting atmosphere in your space.

2. Create a focal point with accent lighting.

Wall lights can be used to emphasise and draw attention to specific areas or features in a room. For example, a decorative wall light can be used to highlight a piece of artwork, a unique architectural feature, or perhaps a special or much-loved object. Think about how the light will interact with your room and what kind of light it will emit – for a focal point a more directional light will be necessary. A perfectly placed wall light can add depth and interest to a space, making it more visually appealing to all.

Duo Wall Light | Lighterior

The Duo Wall Light provides not only accent lighting in the form of minimal and sleek design but also a sculptural artwork by itself. The individual arms can be positioned to highlight and direct light on separate features, creating focal points and adding to the overall ambience of the interior space.

3. Add a decorative touch.

Wall lights come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colours and should be used as a reflection of your personal style. Whether you prefer traditional, mid-century modern, minimal, or contemporary designs, there is a decorative wall light to suit every taste. This sets the tone for a cohesive and stylish look throughout your home and one that it truly representative of you.

Attalos Wall Light & Umarell Wall Light | Lighterior

With its classical sculptural aesthetic echoing ancient Greek architectural forms, the Attalos Wall Light is reminiscent of torches used to illuminate buildings in ancient times. The machined brass and frosted globe exude quality and refined sophistication, making this a strikingly attractive decorative feature for any interior wall.

For some decorative fun and a lamp full of character, the Umarell Wall Light is ideal. A warm light emerges from behind a ceramic shelf-like shade, upon which a choice of playful characters can be found either sitting, standing, or leaning.

4. Save space.

Decorative wall lights can be a great option if you're short on space, as they don't take up any valuable floor or table areas. This makes them ideal for smaller rooms or anywhere space is at an absolute premium. Use beside a bed for task lighting as an alternative to the traditional but less space-efficient table lamp. Aim for soft and subdued ambient lighting fixtures that won't overpower your smaller area. Wall lights can themselves create the illusion of more space, making a room feel brighter and more open - especially when layered with other forms of lighting such as ceiling and pendant lights.

Bode Wall Light & Glint Wall light | Lighterior

Bode Wall Light with its streamlined and slimline design adds ample light to an area without sacrificing space. It’s timeless combination of brass and opal glass meld to produce a classic yet contemporary light fixture, allowing the decorative to work in harmony with the functional.

Perfect for darker areas and corners where some additional light is needed, Glint Wall Light reflects soft, glare-free shadows up and across the room from its perforated circular metal shade, bringing a natural feeling of warmth and intimacy.

5. Increase functionality.

Wall lights can be used to provide additional lighting in a room, especially in areas where overhead lighting is not practical or desirable. For example, a wall light can be used to provide task lighting in a home office or reading nook while still maintaining its decorative qualities.

Angle Wall Light & Mini Balancer Wall/Table Lamp | Lighterior

Angle Wall Light is a modern and timeless design that works perfectly as a bedside light or above a bathroom mirror or kitchen bench – ideal for areas where extra functionality is beneficial without compromising on style. The interactive design has a magnetically attached shade that can easily be adjusted to fit your needs so you can tilt or move the shade for a directional or indirect light.

Mini Balancer Wall Light doubles its functionality by transforming itself from a wall light to a table lamp. Its diminutive size does nothing to reduce its illumination and the shade rotates to direct light where required. This cute little lamp works equally well hung from the wall above a bed or reading area, as it does perched on a windowsill, bookcase or side table.

In conclusion, decorative wall lights are an essential component of any home, providing both aesthetic and functional benefits. They can enhance the ambience of your home, create a focal point, add a decorative touch, save space, and increase functionality. With so many options available, there is most certainly a wall light that suits your style and meets your lighting needs.

If you need any assistance with your lighting choices, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Lighterior team!