This One Upgrade Will Instantly Make a Rental Bedroom Look Expensive

Updated 06/17/19
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Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design 

Finding the perfect décor for a rental bedroom can be a serious design challenge. After all, improving a place that's leased (aka not technically your own) can feel like a waste of time and money. However, you want to infuse the space with a sense of personality—it is still your home, even if just for now. While a quality set of sheets or a mattress are often spotlighted as good investment pieces for the apartment dweller who wants to upgrade their bedroom, there's one oft-overlooked item that can give your space instant design appeal: a plug-in sconce.

Requiring just a few screws and a drill, installing plug-in fixtures is a tried-and-true rental decorating tip that designers swear by. "It's an instant, high-impact update with a totally customized, expensive feel," interior designer Emily Henderson recently told MyDomaine. "Lighting is one of those things that feels like a hard, permanent finish, but it's not. You can swap them right back out when you move and take them with you, so I say dive in and change it out for something your love."

Convinced to ditch your lackluster rental lighting for a designer-approved plug-in sconce? Keep scrolling to shop 13 chic plug-in sconces that'll instantly make your rental bedroom look expensive. We'll see you at checkout.

Article Leap $69
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With a price tag of just $69, we dare you to find an affordable plug-in sconce that's more stylish than this one.

Rejuvenation Cylinder Task Wall Light $179
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You can't go wrong with a task lamp, and this wall-sconce version of the classic style is ideal for a small-space bedroom.

Schoolhouse Isaac Plug-In Sconce $219
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Splurge on a pair of these orb-like Scandinavian sconces and mount one on either side of your bed for double the impact.

Marset × Joan Gaspar Ginger A Wall Light $1391
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Complete with a chic wood shade that exudes cozy vibes and a practical swing arm, this sconce is the ideal bedside reading companion.

Design Within Reach Nelson Ball Wall Sconce $495
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If you're looking for a light fixture that'll cast a warm glow over your space, this paper lantern sconce is up to the task.

Schoolhouse Simone Double Plug-In Sconce $399
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Sculptural and elegant, this eye-catching wall sconce doubles as wall art. (Psst... it's also available in a black finish.)

Serena & Lily Flynn Single Wall Sconce $198
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We've had our eyes on this shaded sconce ever since we spotted a pair of them in this classic Spanish-style bungalow home tour. Heads up: This fixture also comes in of-the-moment rattan.

Urban Outfitters Chelsea Double Sconce $149 $129
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Swivel these shades to shed light wherever it's needed in your bedroom. PSA: We suggest clicking "add to cart" while this sconce is on sale.

Schoolhouse Donna Plug-In Sconce $399
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The mushroom lamp micro-trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon—and this sconce is proof. While it also comes in black and gold anodized finishes, we're partial to the sleek polished aluminum.

CB2 Mantis Swivel Wall Sconce $149
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CB2's midcentury modern-inspired swivel wall sconce looks far more expensive than it really is. The sculptural fixture is also available in black and nickel finishes.

Normann Copenhagen Grant Wall Lamp $370
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Complete a modern design with this simple yet statement-making sconce. The dramatic dome shape would lend cool vibes to any bedroom.

Rejuvenation Cylinder Task Double Arm Wall Light $399
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Lacking square footage? Ditch the footprint-heavy bedside table and table lamp formula and install this space-saving cylinder task double arm wall light instead.

Rejuvenation Edendale Angled Articulating Plug-in Sconce $399
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Frame your bed with these smoke glass sconces for an instant update. The dark tint ensures this light fixture consistently casts an ambient glow.

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