A Quick Guide on How to Choose the Right Lampshade

Written by Posted On Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:41

Lampshades are the unsung heroes of interior design, so it is vital to choose the right ones for your home. The design, style and colour you choose can make a big difference to how your room looks. You may think selecting one is simple, but there are certain things to consider before buying. For instance, the shade should match the base of the lamp and create a cohesive look with the surrounding décor. There are so many varieties to choose from, it’s no wonder you need help. So, here is a quick guide on how to get the right one the first time.

The Best Ways to Pick out a Suitable Lampshade

  1. Size

Think of lampshades like hats – if they are too small or too big, they look silly. Similarly, if you don’t get the size of the shade right in proportion to the lamp base, it will appear odd. Here are some rules to follow when considering the size of your lampshade.

  • The shade’s height should be about 3/4 the base height.
  • Measure the harp before purchasing to ensure the bottom properly covers the lamp switch. Use the harp to understand the height from the socket’s base to the shade’s top. Try harps of different shapes to get the perfect fit.
  • The shade’s bottom should ideally be wider than the widest part of the base.

Remember, these are just guidelines. You may come across a lamp that calls for a smaller-than-usual or overscale shade. So, it is vital to assess your requirements and that of your décor to make sure you choose one that fits.

  1. Colour

How much light do you need? Do you want to use the lamp for reading or ambient lighting? For both questions, you will benefit from choosing a translucent shade in a light colour. Alternatively, if the lamp is for decorative purposes only, choose an opaque shade in darker colours. The hue you choose decides the intensity of light the lamp will emit. Additionally, shades are a great way to introduce a pop of colour into any room that may otherwise be understated. There is no need to worry about matching the shade’s colour to that of the interior, so don’t be scared to mix and match.

  1. Base

Do you want to call attention to the shade or base of the lamp? If you have a bold and unique base, it is best to use a subdued shade. On the other hand, if you have a plain base, consider getting a coloured shade or one with decorative embellishments.

  1. Shape

Lampshades mainly come in the following shapes:

  • Oval
  • Drum
  • Square
  • Empire

Again, when selecting the shape you need to consider both the room and the lamp’s base. It is a good idea to match the shape of the shade to the base for a cohesive look.  Although round ones are popular, square shades give you the advantage of placing them against a wall. This can come in handy in a smaller room.

  1. Fabric

Fabric is another element that allows a lampshade to either stand out or blend in with a room’s décor. However, there are some things that need to be taken into consideration. For instance, the texture of silk is best suited to bedrooms and formal rooms. Parchment, linen and textured materials have a more rustic and casual feel, making them more appropriate for a den or family room. Hand-painted and hand-sewn shades add softness and intimacy to whichever room they are installed in.

By choosing the right shade, you ensure your room is well lit while turning your lamp into a decorative element. Keep these tips in mind when choosing a lampshade for your home and you won’t have to spend time worrying about the wide range of options. Instead you will be able to more quickly assess what looks best in your space.

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