Squeezing Sconces Into a Narrow Space
They'll fit, but you might want to hold them up or make a paper template in the same size to see if they'll look too crowded.
 
The TV above my fireplace has tall, narrow speakers mounted on each side. There's an 11-inch-wide space on either side between the speaker and the window frame. Is that enough width to install a 3 1/2-inch-wide-by-22-inch-tall wall sconce on each side?

I think that there is enough space to install the fixtures, but it might be a little tight. What I would recommend doing is making a template of the wall sconces in cardboard or paper and tape them up on the wall to see if it looks too crowded. I do think that you have chosen sconces that are a good scale for the space you have available to install them. Putting them up on the wall would also give you a good idea of what the correct mounting height would be visually. If it does seem a bit crowded, is there room above your fireplace to mount the speakers horizontally above and below the television? I am usually lying down when I'm watching TV, so that way the speakers would parallel my ears.

Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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