Made in the Shade



Really some things in life should not be hard, take for example picking a lampshade, when you get it right the angels sing, get it wrong and it is like being visually poked in the eye each day. In the past few weeks I have run across a couple tips to help you pick the shade of your dreams:

  • General rule is that the shade should be about 2x the size of the lamp base.
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  • You would never see the lamp harp or bulb exposed, if so the shade is too skimpy
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  • Aim for 2/3 the height of the base for the shade
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  • Drum shades add a more modern feel

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  • Empire shades are more classic
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  • Tight spots call for narrow shades- so the lamp can be closer to the wall.
  • Balance can be achieved through color and size but you have to be careful


Yes, from Ballard's


So there you go.. shade 101...go forth and cover!

3 comments:

fairyrocks said...

Interesting to someone like me who is lamp challenged....I do floor lamps with the arm off them for reading lights....how do you spell UGLY??? I once got adventerous and purchased {on sale of course} these floor lamps with 3 huge swing arms and what looked like chinese lanterns hanging off them....yeh, they went when a neighbor drove by at night and commented on how they looked like spaceships through the curtains....
Thanks for the 101 :)

Georgie Horn said...

lampshades...they are always a struggle and I love lamps!

Chelley said...

Hey, I got lucky! I bought a lamp at Goodwill several weeks ago. I painted it bright red and bought a drum shade at Target. According to your guidelines, my shade should have been about an inch taller, but I'm calling it good enough!