How to choose a lamp shade?

Lamp shades are an integral part of the overall décor. They do much more than providing a shade to the light from the lamp. The right lamp shade can totally transform the look of the room. Selection of the lamp shade is as important as selection of other decorating items of the room.

Here is a set of instructions to assist you choose the right lamp shade –

The first step of choosing a lamp shade is to measure the height of the lamp. The thumb rule is to select a shade which is two third of the height of the base. This proportion assures that the bottom or top does not look too heavy. You also need to ensure that the selected lampshade properly shields, the neck or the harp of the lamp shade. Or else it would appear like a lady showing off her slip.

Secondly, you need to ascertain the width of the lamp shade. The widest part of the lamp shade should be half inch wide on both the sides than the widest part of the lamp. You also need to consider the location of the lampshade when deciding the width of the lamp shade so that no body crashes into it. Usually, the standard size for a lampshade is from 17 to 20 inches and anything above 20 inches would be too big.

Thirdly, you need to decide the shape of the lampshade. The shape of the lampshade should be selected in accordance to the shape of the lamp. Candlestick lamps are known to support all shapes of lamp shades. However, if you have a round lamp, it is best to select a round shade. Similarly, an angular or square base will look best if paired with a square lampshade.

Fourthly, you need to decide the color shade of the lampshade. The color should be chosen in accordance to the overall décor and the color scheme of the room. In addition, you need to keep in mind that opaque shades do not illuminate the room. As a result, opaque shade is perfect for accent lighting. If the lamp is going to be used for reading purpose then it is recommended to choose translucent shades.

Lampshades are available in an array of textures. When selecting a texture, remember that lampshades are prone to accumulation of dust, and some textures may be very hard to maintain.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on February 5th, 2011


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