How important is it to you to have the right accessories for your outfit?! Like most women (and some men) choosing the correct shoes, handbag, jewellery and hair style for your outfit can make or break even the most expensive dress. This is the same for your home; you can have the best sofa in the world but put it next to an ugly lampshade and tired cushions and it will fail miserably.
I am slightly obsessed with cushions and lampshades, as I am with shoes and handbags. In my next few posts I will show you where to source the best cushions, lampshades and lighting for your home; I will also talk you through choosing bespoke items which is not as daunting as it sounds and can be very exciting.
Today I will start with LAMPSHADES, my personal favourite accessory. It is so easy to refresh a scheme by changing the odd lampshade in the room and matching it up with new cushions and rugs; a good time to do this is in the changing seasons. Texture and dark colours for the winter and softer lighter colours and fabrics for the summer.
IKAT lampshades are everywhere at the momoment and below are my four of the best, perfect for cheering your interiors up for Spring/Summer
2) 35 cm Straight empire in yellow sik IKAT £120.00 @ Pooky
3) 41 cm Nautical blue cream motif ikat lampshade from Susan Deliss £270.00 @ English Abode
4) 45 cm Guilloche pleated cotton drum lampshade £64 from OKA
The most important thing to consider while choosing a new lampshade is the size, if you have the lamp already try on any existing lampshades, stand back and see what fits. Write down the measurements and keep these in your handbag or stored in your phone; ready for when you find the perfect shade.
If you havent got a shade that fits, these are a few helpful pointers to help:
1) The height of the shade should be approx the height of the table lamp
2) The width of the shade should never be bigger than the height of the lamp
3) Always better to go large, if in doubt
4) The shape of the shade should follow the shape of the lamp, i.e. square lamps look best with square shades and round with round etc
5) The bottom of the shade should come to the top of the lamp so no socket or mechanical parts are showing
6) The bottom of the shade should fall at eye level. You may need a larger or smaller lampshade carrier to determine this.
When you have decided on the size and are now deliberating on colour choices, pick a base colour from other items in your room and match this to the base colour or highlight of the shade. If you have a very plain room think about adding a bright or contrasting colour in the shade; if you have a very busy room go for something more simple. OKA do a stunning silk pleasted shade in plain colours; I just love it in this pink silk taffeta
Pleated shades are perfect for more traditional schemes, especially bedrooms and country properties.
When choosing a shade you will also need to think of the lining. This will determine the tone of the light given off by the bulb. You can even get silver and gold linings or even a deep red to give off ambient and mood lighting. If you are after a cleaner brighter light for reading or task lighting you are better going for a white or off-white lining.
I hope you have found this helpful and remember most suppliers will let you try before you buy; take the shades home and try them on (just don't un-wrap before you are happy). Suppliers will also sell or give you shade carriers for your lamps where appropriate so always ask when purchasing.
If all else fails contact me and I will be more than happy to choose the correct one for you or create bespoke items to match your interior; think of this as essential taloiring for your home.