By Bettine Regnier. Lamp. Published at Tuesday, March 06th, 2018 - 11:30:51 AM.
If you are trying to add warmth and color to a room, colored and patterned lamp shades are perfect. Many people tend to gravitate towards white or cream colored shades where a colored lamp shade is more appropriate. The warmth is created by the way the shade can disburse the light. But not only is color an important aspect of the perfect lampshades, the shape of the shades is also critical. Having a lamp shade that is either too big or too small for the light fixture can look odd and out of place. It is important that you match shape of the shade with the shape of the floor lamp or table lamp. Don't try and use the same shape on all your lighting fixtures. Pick each one out individually and don't panic if you can't find exactly what you are looking for.
The job of a lampshade is to complement the lamp. Rounder lamps require rounded shapes, such as drum, oval, empire, coolie, and bell. For squarer bases, shades need to be more angular, such as square, rectangular, hexagon, and pagoda.
Clear lamp bases have less visual weight. Wood and iron bases provide texture and richness. Crystal adds glamour to a room while painted porcelain will create a luxurious Old World feel. Moroccan lanterns have an exotic and international feel which coordinates well with most decor.
The more ornate the lamp, the simpler the shade should be and vice versa. Pleated shades look more traditional while flat shades work with almost any decor. However, pleated shades are hard to keep dusted, so smooth shades are an optimum choice.
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