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Essential Things to Know About Lampshades


The first type of lampshade appeared in Paris around the 18th century before it reached England. At that time, the shade was made of paper, a functional material, as the lampshade's main purpose was to protect the eyes from the lamp's glare and to disperse the light equally around the room. But Queen Victoria changed its image. Instead of being simple and practical, the lampshade earned an aesthetic quality. 

What makes a lampshade perfect?

Modern lampshades come in different shapes, sizes, and heights. But the standard lampshades come in drum, rectangular, or empire form. While some people have a specific look that indicates that the lampshade is perfect, another may be perfect for others. 

But, of course, it does not diminish the fact that you can find luxury lampshades that go beyond being functional. Instead, they can become statement pieces, whether large or small, making the room look perfect. 

The perfect lampshade for your room is the piece that matches the lamp's base and the room. Generally, the shape of the base is what helps you to look for the right shade. If you want something with a pattern, think of how the lampshade will match the room's colours. If the room has a few pieces of furniture, a large lampshade can be the statement piece that will tie the room's look. Still, don't forget the primary purpose of using a lampshade – to protect your eyes.

You should look for tapered shades if you have an urn and bottle-shaped lamps. On the other hand, you should get a straight-sided shade if your base is square. Then, you can mix and match the shapes for an eclectic finish without being too concerned with formality and rules.

Choosing the right shade material 

Which fabric or material would be right for your lamp base? Most of the lampshades are made from card, cotton, or linen. But if you want something that epitomises luxury and elegance, you can look for silk shades. And you can find shops specialising in handmade shades from imported printed silk fabrics.

Generally, the rule is to base your choice on the atmosphere you want to achieve in the room where you place the lamp.

Card lampshades are ideal for lightening the room's look and creating a more spacious feel. But black-out linen lampshades are excellent for establishing a striking or bold look. A pleated fabric shade will give you a traditional, whimsical, and classic look. But a pleated silk material will elevate the classic look into luxurious elegance.

Another thing to remember is that the material and style of the lamp base influence the choice of fabric for the lampshade. For example, if the base has a smooth finish, you should choose a shade with plenty of detail and texture. However, you can unify the two elements when you choose the material with the same feel.

Overall, it depends on your personal preference and creativity that win. However, it will not hurt to follow some artistic rules. Plain shades are perfect if the lamp base has a dynamic design, which you can use to create a great focal point. If you choose a lampshade with a colourful pattern, make sure that the shade's dominant colour is echoed in the room's other accessories, such as rugs, curtains, throw pillows or cushions.

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