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Lamp Shades – Which One To Choose?

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: September 5, 2014

Shape, style, fabric and colour are just a few of the elements that you need to consider when selecting a lamp shade for your ceiling pendant. Whether you prefer a funky bright shade in contemporary materials or a hand crafted option in neutral tones, making the right choice can make or break the look of your room.

Choosing The Right Shade

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Getting your proportions right is crucial. A wide shade will be overbearing in a small space and a small shade will look lost in a larger area. If you have a narrow space where the ceiling is not too low choose something complementary like the Preston Easy Fit Pendant – White in a smart high gloss white finish. For an alternative look, group shades together at various heights for a contemporary vibe.

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For a wider shade, why not take a look at the beautiful Collette Pendant Shade in a deep rich colour which will add depth and interest to your interior setting. This versatile shade can be teamed with walnut furniture or will work equally well with glass and chrome accessories. This shade is supplied with a reducer enabling you to fit it directly to an existing bulb holder.

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Use lamp shades to create a theme in your home. If you want a nautical feel for your room choose a style of lamp shade to reflect this such as the Respect 22 Shade - White / Blue Stripes produced in organic cotton. Team with white walls, striped cushions, shells and driftwood to create a seaside sensation.

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Fabrics & Materials

Home décor is all about our senses. Choosing the right fabrics and materials for your lamp shades is paramount when making your selection. Glass can work beautifully and can be an elegant addition to your furnishings as seen in the Mosaic Pendant Shade in stylish champagne gold glass.

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For a different approach, choose a designer sculptured paper lamp shade such as the Banksia 52 Pendant Shade which will complement a contemporary backdrop with its light simple styling.

The rich and striking finish of antique copper can add a new dimension to your living space. Choose a contemporary shade such as the Osaka Pendant Shade - Large - Antique Copper and position it in a hallway for a welcoming glow or above a kitchen island for a retro statement.

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There is no doubt that the colour of the lamp shade you choose will have an impact on your décor. Ask yourself whether or not you want your shade to blend into its surroundings or contrast? If more light is required but you still want colour, try a transparent option such as the Funk 27 Shade - Transparent Purple. Remember the denser the shade material, the less light will be emitted.

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Don’t be afraid to use black for your lamp shade. It works beautifully set against a monochrome backdrop to ground the room. Take a look at the Preston Pendant Shade – Black to bring drama to your space.

From simple designs for smaller spaces to elaborate styles for the larger property we have a selection of lamp shades to inspire you. Take a look at our full range of lamps shades.

For more information check out our Lighting Ideas section.