My house is the same way. I have purchased at menards some lights that you hang from a hook you put into the ceiling and the switch is on the cord it works great. then all you have to do is buy a shade to go over it. Jen
Sconces are great for lighting and decorative purposes and since they are on the wall they can't be knocked over. You might also try the tables that have lamps installed in them? I have on by my bed that I LOVE!