What do I choose for window trim if I'm mounting sconces on it?

threeapplesJuly 5, 2012

We chose a simple molding with back and for the whole house. It's a curved molding, however, and I worry that the back plate for the sconces will look strange mounted on them since it won't be entirely flush. Any suggestions how to figure this out? Might it be odd if we did a different window casing here? And, what kind of molding do we use if we have to mount sconces on it? We cant do wall mount because of where the wiring, by the way.

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Can you find a picture of the look you are going for? I'm no help because I can't ever recall seeing sconces mounted on window trim.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 2:23PM
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unfortunately i can't find a picture.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 2:47PM
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This is aokat15's kitchen, have you seen it? Not sure if this is a similar look but I don't think it's really mounted on the trim.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 3:11PM
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yes, i've seen this pretty kitchen :)

this trim is a little wide and i'm now worried that, in order to mount sconces, the trim needs to be flat like this and this style might be too contemporary for our room? any thoughts?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 3:32PM
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In that kitchen, I don't think there's really trim between the windows where there are the sconces, or if there is I think it's different from what is on the sides.

Not that I know anything about syle or authenticity - just so you know, but IMHO whether it looked contemporary or not would depend on the light. I don't know if this might be an option but they make blocks for mounting lights on the outside of houses that have siding so the lights can be attached to a flat surface.

HTH, good luck

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 4:32PM
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Does your trim have a deeper band on each side (same thickness on the part that goes against the window and the perimeter), or does it taper from the part against the window to the perimeter?

I would probably interrupt the molding and place a block that is the same thickness as the thickest part of the molding underneath the backplate of the sconce. I would make it slightly larger than the backplate so it clearly appeared that the sconce "rested" on something, but I would not emphasize it more than that.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 5:17PM
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We have a "back band" on the outer perimeter of the trim if that helps answer your question.
I'm having a hard time imagining your suggestion not looking slap dash. Should I just do a flat trim instead?
I've yet to choose sconces, but was thinking along the lines of a library style.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 6:49PM
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I would use flat with the same back band, then.

Whatever you chose for a sconce make sure you can open the two-the-counter cabinet adequately.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 6:58PM
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