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Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles

by | Jan 6, 2020 | Decorating Inspiration, My Living Room, My Seattle House

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Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles
Battery-operated Taper Candles

Make your house cozier with inexpensive non-electric wall lights and battery-operated candles!

I absolutely love simple, quick, affordable updates that add character and warmth to a home! In my fireplace reveal post I told you I’d come back and share more details about my new sconces, so here I am! This was such a quick and inexpensive project that made a HUGE difference in how cozy our home feels.

Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles
Wingback Chair / Celestial Art / Rug / Slipcovered Sofa / Similar Cable Knit Blanket

I had been looking for sconces similar to these forever because I really want to add more character to our home. I finally found them here.

In many of the old houses we’ve owned there were little wall lights tucked in here and there in unexpected corners. I always notice charming details like that in my favorite inspiration photos, too.

These candleholders are made of iron (or some other strong metal!). It was so easy to hang them, just a nail or screw does the trick! For safety and convenience, we use these battery-operated taper candles, secured with a little museum putty under the candles. It took less than 10 minutes from start to finish to hang them, but they instantly made the house feel more charming.

Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles
Wall Sconces / Battery-Operated Taper Candle

The battery-operated taper candles have a remote and a timer option which make it so easy to turn them on whenever we want add a little sparkle of light, which is basically every night now :).

Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles
RugGold Lights / Black Sconce / Taper Candle / Art / Ceiling Light

I hung four of these same candle sconces around the house. We added one of the black candle sconces to this hallway. I love the layers of lighting this hallway has now, and how the black accents (the hardware, Barn Lights and new wall sconce) all tie together.

You might recall that a few months ago we hung these gold battery-operated picture lights above our hallway cabinet–you can see the details on that simple makeover (which also included lining the back of the cabinet with peel and stick wallpaper!) here!

I’m officially a “faux” wall light and candle sconce addict. : )

Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles
Crane Wall Art

The fourth candle sconce is to the left of our dining room entrance, in this corner of our living room. I just love seeing it here!

So there you have it…cute and affordable wall lights without even hiring an electrician! I’m a fan.

Here are some non-electric wall sconces to get a similar look:

Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles

Scroll the arrows above to shop!

Battery-operated candles I’ve ordered recently:

Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles

Tealights // Taper Candles // Ivory Flameless Candles with Flickering Wick // White Flameless Candles with Flickering Wick

If you try this lighting idea in your home, I’d love to see! Tag me in a story on Instagram at @theinspiredroom or share a photo in our new Facebook community!

RELATED POST: Have you always wanted wall sconces, but don’t have electrical outlets or wiring for them? Do you hate the look of a lamp cord running across a counter or dangling off of furniture or running down the wall? Same! I have a clever solution to share with you HERE.

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If you want some sparkle without adding wall lights, I love these copper string lights with a remote! I got them for Christmas but I’m keeping them up to keep the coziness going…the slow fade setting is my fave!

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Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles

My latest book … Dwelling Well: A Monthly Journal to Nourish Your Home, Body, and Soul … comes out TOMORROW!

I’m so excited to share this journal with you all! If you haven’t ordered your Dwelling Well journal yet, you can get yours HERE! When you get it, I’d love if you’d join us for A Year of Dwelling Well (see the details here!).

I started filling mine out this week and know it’s going to be a transformative year as I use this journal in my daily routine. The journal is not dated so you can join in anytime. It’s going to be a wonderful year of dwelling well together.

How to Use the Dwelling Well journal

I have a story highlight on Instagram sharing a video of me sharing sneak peeks of the inside, and how my daughters and I plan to use the journal for an extra happy healthy year! Head to my Instagram story profile and click the “Journal” story highlight to watch the journal how-to!


  1. Susan

    Love the black sconces! Question: Do the tapers fit well into the bottom of the sconce so they’re not wobbly and likely to fall off? No worries since they’re not a real flame but just wondered if they’re stable…also, are the ones you chose from World Market?

  2. Andrea

    I cannot find the brass fixture that is featured over your bookcase. Can you send me a link. I tap on it, but nothing appears.

  3. Pam

    I love the idea of battery-powered sconces and candles. In our house, electrical outlets are scarce, so I was very happy to find two battery-operated sconces to go over our headboard. Now, we can turn off the wall switch to our overhead light and get to bed without stumbling in the dark.

    I also have lanterns and candle holders with battery candles in our living- and dining-room. Much safer than open fire around pets and children.

    Our cat once jumped up on the coffee table next to a lit candle, and I noticed smoke coming from his fur when he jumped down. Fortunately, his fur was only singed on the outer edge! I became more diligent about candles after that!

  4. Yvonne

    World Market doesn’t ship to Canada?

  5. Nora

    Hi Melissa!

    Just finished your book and love all your ideas. My husband and I have been having a great time starting off the year breathing some fresh energy into our house.

    Did you get white or ivory candles? I can’t decide which would look more realistic and can’t tell from the pictures.


    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I have some of each but I like the ivory ones I linked to, they look soft and pretty and mix so nicely with shades of white! If you only have stark white in your home you’d probably only want white candles, but I love having the warmth of many layers.

  6. Kim

    Love your idea to avoid hardwiring while getting all the bennies of wall sconces! We are moving next month, I can’t wait to put some up for mood lighting and visual warmth. Thank you!

  7. Rose Mary Philp

    Hi Melissa, I really like the black wall scones, battery operated.
    Where did you purchase them?

  8. Jo

    The battery operated wall sconces are so pretty and unusual. Not your normal sconce! The additional pictures you added are also very interesting.

  9. Marianne Hamilton

    Right after you made this post about the sconces, I ordered them from World Market. Can’t begin to tell you how happy we are with placing them above the fireplace. We get so many comments on them too! And the battery operated candles are still going strong.
    Love your home, your ideas and your inspiration!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      That’s so wonderful, I’m happy to hear you’re as pleased with them as I am! Thank you for being here and for your kind words.

  10. Santa Sinacore

    Where can I purchase the two panel astrological was hanging?

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