The right lampshade can be a practical and beautiful way to transform the interior of any room. Whether you like to go big or go home or prefer the understated look, there are a number of factors to consider when shopping around for your next lampshade. Continue reading to find out what they are and how you can use them to assist you in the search for your next light covering.
Pick a colour
A lampshade should typically match at least one other colour present in the room. Neutral tones tend to blend in amongst their surroundings. If you are a fan of minimalist design, consider a white, cream, or grey lampshade. If you want to jump on the bold interior design trend currently sweeping the nation, select a contrasting colour that will stand out amongst your existing décor choices.
Choose between practicality or aesthetics or both
Historically, lampshades were designed to serve a purpose. In recent decades, they have become a strategic ‘weapon’ in the armoury of interior designers. Lamshades can transform the appearance of a room in a matter of seconds, both practical and decorative at the same time. Before you start the search for a brand-new lampshade, you should decide whether you are interested in finding a practical solution to a lighting problem, injecting a sense of warmth and luxury into your home or both. High-end or luxury lampshades can be designed to serve both functions – they may cost more than your typical ‘M&S or Sainsbury’ offering, but the difference will be at once noticeable.
Consider creating your own
Whether you are a dab hand at DIY or are just looking for your next creative project, creating your own lampshade can allow you to inject a sense of originality and personality into your home. If you don’t know where to start, there are several online tutorials and how-to manuals available to guide you through the process from start to finish. By sharing your invention with your friends and family online, you may start a trend or even end up receiving requests for custom orders.
Measure the base of your lamp
When it comes to choosing a lampshade, you would be surprised at how many homeowners believe it is a one size fits all approach. You must measure the base of the lamp beforehand to ensure your brand-new light covering will not only fit but look great. There are a number of rules you must adhere to when it comes to shopping around for a new lampshade. For example, the height of the lampshade should typically be around three quarters the height of the base. The width of the base should also be roughly equal to the height of the lamp from base to fitting. Finally, if you are torn between two sizes, the larger option is more likely to suit the base better than the smaller option.
There are several steps involved in choosing the perfect lampshade. You must pick a colour, choose between practicality or aesthetics or both, consider creating your own, and measure the base of your lamp. By knowing what to look for ahead of time, you can source the perfect light covering for you and your home.