lampshade styles

Are you finding that getting the perfect lampshade for your base is difficult? If so, you’re not the only one because this can be a frustrating process. The good news is that we are here to help make this process as easy as can be.

When shopping for new lampshade styles it’s important to buy a shade that flatters the base but also ties into the theme of your room. To help we have created a guide to tell you about the different lampshade styles. This guide also tells you how to properly measure your base for a shade that fits perfectly.

Keep reading below to check out our guide.​

Remember to Flatter the Base

When getting ready to buy a lampshade the first thing you should always do is look at the base of your lamp. You should take note of its general shape so you can better decide what lampshade will flatter it.

If you have a rounded base, then a hexagonal or rounded shade will look the best. Even an angular or square shape looks the best with a square base.

If you’re having trouble on deciding what lampshade style to choose, just go empire.

Whenever choosing the right shape for your shade proves to be difficult and time consuming the easiest answer and way to make a decision is just to go with an empire shade.
Also, keep in mind that there are many different lampshade styles and ways you can style your lamp. For example, if you have a candlestick lamp these bases look great with any type of lampshade because of their combination of angles and curves.

You should also be taking into account the decorations surrounding your base because
you can then tie them in with your lampshade. For example, if you have a square base
on a rounded table you can use a rounded lampshade to compliment the table.

Take Measurements

The next important thing you’ll need to do when it comes to finding the perfect lampshade style is to measure. You’ll want to measure the height and width of your base and the ideal height and width you want your lampshade to be.

For the best-sized shades they should be about two thirds the height of your lamp base. Remember that proportion is key and lampshades that are too heavy for the base will fall over and if it’s too small your lamp will look out of balance.

The easiest way to figure out your shade size is to measure the lamp’s base height-wise and multiply by the number 2. Round bases can be measured straight across and  square bases should be measured diagonally. When it comes to the shade’s width, it should be twice the width of the base.

The widest part of your shade should be at least a half-inch larger than the widest part of your base on each side. It’s also good to keep in mind that as you’re considering the width of your shade you should also be mindful of the place you’re putting the lamp.

You don’t want a large shade for busy areas in the home. If your lamp is being put in a
busy area, make sure to opt for a thinner shade that can’t be easily knocked over.

Choose Your Lampshade Material

When shopping for lampshades you’ll notice that there are many types to choose from. You will have the option of getting a translucent or opaque shade. This decision is up to you and what you want your lamp to do.

Translucent shades will offer a bit more light and are great for reading lights. Opaque shades will shine light up and down. This means they are perfect for highlighting certain objects or setting a mood.

Choose a Lampshade Texture

After deciding on your material, it will be time to select a lampshade texture. Smooth shades are contemporary. They shout ‘cool’ and look a bit more refined than textured lampshades. Smooth shades are perfect when the lamp isn’t a focus in the room because they won’t draw all the attention.

Pleated shades are very popular and help to add texture to a room. Pleated shades tend to be cozier and homey than smooth lampshades and pair well with antiques.

You can even think outside of these two traditional shade styles and opt to get an embroidered shade or even a painted one. These works of art will decorate your room and can easily complement any style you have in the home.

Show No Hardware

The last thing you should take into account when choosing your next lampshade is your lamp’s hardware. No hardware or parts of the harp should be showing. The bottom of your lampshade should come to the top of the body. This will help to ensure that no hardware parts can be seen except about one half of the neck.

The bottom of the shade should also fall about eye-level for those looking onto it. The good thing is that most harps are interchangeable so if it’s peeking through your new shade you can replace it with a smaller one.

Now You Know How to Match Your Lamp Base to Lampshade Styles

We have given you a thorough guide on how to match your lamp base with the many lampshade styles that are on the market. Now you know how to perfectly flatter your round base with a rounded shade and even how to properly measure for a new shade or replacement shade.

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