What is a Wallchiere?

A burnt orange midcentury sofa with two wallchieres.

Wallchieres offer a fresh approach to lighting, combining the vertical lines of a torchiere lamp and the wall-mounted convenience of a sconce.

“Wallchiere” is the clever term for a wall-mounted lamp that resembles a free-standing torchiere lamp. Attached to a wall like a sconce, it usually has one of two functions: spreading light out or directing light upwards. Like a torchiere, it is usually tall and slender, like a torch.

Wallchiere with a twig and vine pattern

The Twigs Wallchiere has a vine shape that adds style to any decor.

 

Why Choose a Wallchiere?

A wallchiere combines the best features of a wall sconce and a torchiere floor lamp. This combination of features can be advantageous. Choose a wallchiere instead of a torchiere if you want a light attached to the wall, and choose it over a wall sconce if you want soft shadows or upward lighting.

A wallchiere is a good addition to a room that would otherwise lack intricate design. There are modern and vintage styled wallchieres available. Try the Dekora style two-lamp wallchiere for a perfect solution for any lighting dilemma. A wallchiere’s shade is often made of ceramic, as this material type is a good choice as a light diffuser. The Diploma style wallchiere is perfect for formal settings. Combine two with a dimmer for a perfect dining room experience. For a more traditional one-lamp experience, the Twigs style is a good choice. It wholly diffuses light, warming the atmosphere with the deep color of the lampshade.

Keep an eye out for wallchieres with additional features. Our Studio and Gallery Style wallchieres include picture frames, so you know your beloved photos will get the spotlight they deserve. The Loft Wallchiere includes shelves, perfect for holding keepsakes or even books.

Wallchiere with picture frames

The Gallery Style Wallchiere holds three photos, as well.

 

Where Should You Use a Wallchiere?

Use a wallchiere wherever you would use a wall sconce. Convert a plain bathroom into a more fancy one by attaching small wallchieres near the vanity to warm up the view in the mirror. Add two wallchieres (with a dimmer) around a fireplace to focus attention on it. Dim the light to a level comparable to the fire to intensify the aesthetics of the heat.

Instead of a corner torchiere, attach a wallchiere to all corners of a room to avoid pesky shadows and to allow space for furniture and decor. Use it instead of a corner wall sconce to direct light away from the middle, instead of towards it. This could come in handy when hosting an event with a larger audience. The diffused light will remove any unnecessary spotlight from individual people and avoid harsh glare.

You can use wallchieres outdoors, too. Using a torchiere in an outdoor situation isn’t practical, and might be a liability because of wires and wind. Instead, attach a wallchiere to an outside patio — one that looks like a torch or a candle — to add more exotic flavor. They’re also dramatic on the façade of a retail business or restaurant.

Wallchieres are relatively new on the design scene. Because of their versatility and fresh look, they should be a top choice when planning a room’s lighting.

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