Yep, now I remember the reason. During the day it stays fairly bright in there because that window is on the south side of the house (but I do have our dining light on in the pic above). We've been trying all kinds of lamps around the room - the floor lamp has been moved back and forth around the sofa (but it doesn't give enough light and takes up precious floor space!), we have a couple on top of the entertainment center (cute, but again not enough!), a lamp on the console table, and of course the pendant light over the table. But non of this stopped the couch side of the room from plummeting into near darkness once the sun went down. So I turned to the happiest place on earth for help - Ikea! And as usual they did not disappoint.
Sconces! Woot! Also known as the perfect way to light up BOTH ends of the couch (I know, I'm a radical) without taking up an inch of floor space!
Ikea actually had a bigger selection of wall lamps & sconces than I expected (see them all here) but even when I stumbled across these guys, I wasn't sold at first. I mean, I was sold on the idea of sconces, but the online picture wasn't doing a whole lot for me. But the drum-ish shade seemed promising, and the $20 price tag almost irresistible so I planned to check them out in person next time we were at Ikea. And I'm so glad I did! Seeing them "for real life" (as my little sister use to say) and especially lit up totally convinced me.
They were really easy to put up, too. There is a metal plate you attach to the wall and then the lamp slides right on. We have them plugged in back behind the couch. And they get the job done! This is quite possibly the worst picture I've ever taken (so of course I'm putting it on the "world wide internet computer web") but it at least kind of shows how much they light up the living room. Kind of. And no, I don't know how to take pictures at night time. Thank you for asking.
We hung them just high enough to be above the couch but not so high that we can see the bulbs when we are sitting down. I love that they are clean and white and simple and not too big or overpowering for the space! I think white is one of my new favorites. I'll take some more, please. I also love the little bit of texture the basket weave shade and metal base add. (Sometimes I like to crop the floor out of my pictures and pretend it's all tidy. Now you know my secrets.)
We've still got some more work to do in the living room, but at least now we'll be able to see what we're doing!
Have you been on any lighting adventures lately?