Antler sconces are no longer just for bars and game rooms. They are now popular and powerful pieces of home decor found in many styles of rooms. Whether you are looking to complement a wildlife or outdoors theme or searching for rustic impact pieces to create unique focal points, antler sconces are a great choice.
Natural Vs. Synthetic Antler Sconces
Natural antler sconces are made from the antlers of many different types of animals including deer, moose, elk, and caribou. A common misconception is that the animals are harmed to create these wonderful pieces of home decor, but in reality most antler sconces are made from shed antlers found in forests. The antlers, then, are hand crafted into wonderful sconces, meaning no two natural antler sconces are alike. Though it also means the prices for these sconces are relatively high, sometimes $250 or more depending on the size. There are only so many shed antlers, after all, and as few master craftsmen to make these amazing works of art.
Synthetic or faux antler sconces are a budget-friendly alternative. They can be made with many different materials, like resin or plastic fibers, and look very much like the real thing. That's because synthetic antler sconces are created through a mold of a natural set of antlers. The big difference is the price. Faux antler sconces can be bought for $100 and sometimes even less.
Where To Use Antler Sconces
Antler sconces add a warmth and coziness to a home, as well as a sense of uniqueness. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Because of this, they are perfect fits for cabins, country vacation homes, game rooms, living rooms (especially with fireplaces) and any Western, ranch or rustic-themed room or home. But today, the opportunities for antler sconces don't end there. In fact, modern designers and architects have been using antler sconces as finishing touches for many modern style rooms, adding a hint of naturalism and organic uniqueness to a perhaps otherwise clean and simple design. Antler sconces can be real eye catchers when used correctly in these settings.
While antler sconces have really grown in their design flexibility, they can be too bold in style for more subdued or soft designs. They may not be great fits for bedroom decor or certain decor styles that favor light hues such as beach motifs. They can also be overpowering in certain room settings. If your goal is to draw your visitors eyes to something specific in a room, large antler sconces will definitely compete for that focus. If you are decorating a small room, a large set of antler sconces may actually be too bold a statement. Know the context of your space and choose the right sized antler sconces to fit it.
Where To Buy Antler Sconces
If you live in or near the country, many local stores may carry antler sconces and other natural decor. It can be a fun excursion to search out the right antler sconces for your home. There are also many online sellers of antler sconces, including eBay, Amazon.com, lighting stores, and natural decor stores. No matter where you shop, be sure you know what you are buying. There are big differences in prices between natural and synthetic antler sconces, so make sure the price appears proper.