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What You Need to Know About Contemporary Lamp Shades

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This fall, replace the lamp shades on your fixtures and bring your rooms back to life. Often a neglected design factor, contemporary lamp shades can add personality and elegance to any room. But don’t click BUY just yet! Consider these tips as you begin shade-shopping: Modern Lamp Shade Styles When selecting the perfect shade for your living room or bedroom, familiarize yourself with these basic styles: Set of 6 ivory drum clip shades (EU5G806) Chandelier Shades: Got a hanging chandelier over your dining room or foyer? You’ll need several identical chandelier shades to cover each lamp on the fixture. Orange satin drum shade (EUY5649) Drum Shades: If you have a pendant light, sleek drum shades are a wonderful way to transform the fixture with a colorful flair. You can also go monochrome with a white drum shade (for a diffused light), or a black shade which cuts the side glare. Giclee lamp shade in the "Synthesis" pattern (EU37869-2N385) Art Shades: For monotone pendants and table lamps, add interest with unique patterns. When considering a replacement art shade, take a look at the surrounding room, fixtures and furniture patterns. If you buy an art shade based on the product picture alone before evaluating your space's design, you may be disappointed with the results. If you want a traditional look, choose a pleated lampshade. For an eclectic look or a contemporary room, go with bold colors and patterns. Selecting Light Shade Sizes and Shapes When purchasing lamp shades online, always read the fine print. Restrain your temptation to impulse buy. Purchasing a shade that’s one size too big or too small will make your table or floor lamp look unbalanced. Always measure the original lampshade first.Then, shop for a replacement that’s just the right size and shape for the lamps base. You should leave a little clearance inside the shade; otherwise the hot light bulb could melt the fabric or even start a fire. Other Considerations for Contemporary Lamp Shades Height — For floor and table lamps, the light shade should cover the bulb and the harp (metal piece that holds the shade in place.) In the case of table lamps, the shade should measure about two-thirds the height of the fixture base. Shape — In general, your lampshade should mimic the base. So, a square base will look best with a square shade, and a round base looks best with a round shade. Width — The outer part of your lamp shade should be at least a half inch wider than the widest section of the base. Also, keep in mind the space surrounding your lamp. If you go with a large lampshade, make sure it fits on the table and won’t get knocked over by people passing by. If you didn't see a lamp shade you like here, don't worry! We have hundreds of contemporary lamp shades available online . Your Thoughts? If you recently bought new lamp shades, how did the fixture or surrounding furniture affect your choice? Did you choose a solid color or a streamlined pattern, and why? We would love to hear some of your ideas. Image source: Euro Style Lighting






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