LAMP SHADES BUYING GUIDE
The right lighting has the power to lift your interiors and transform the ambience of a room at the flick of a switch. Whether you’re looking for a striking, sculptural design or a classic, refined style, you’ll find a wide range of lamp shades suitable for everything from table lamps and floor lamps to ceiling lights.
Visit us in-store or take a peek online for inspiration on how best to illuminate your interior.
Types of lamp shades
There are 2 main categories of shades:
Lamp shades can be in drum or tapered shapes. Our drums can be used as a ceiling shade or can be used on a floor or table lamp base. Our tapered shades all come with a reversible gimbal ring so can be used as ceiling shades or on a lamp base.
Ceiling shades (sometimes referred to as Easy fit / Easy to fit shades)
Our ceiling shades are for use as a pendant solution and can be easily attached to your existing electrical cable.
If you are using an existing fitting such as a bayonet or E14 screw fitting, then all of our shades come supplied with a reducer ring, so that they will fit with any fitting, existing or new.
We also sell a variety of ceiling shade fittings called Pendel – these come as singles or as multiple drop, and one even comes with a plug so you can be as creative as you like and create an amazing cluster pendant if you wish, using multiple lamp shades hung at the same or staggered levels.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAMP SHADE
Firstly, think of the function and the light output desired. For example, for a floor lamp, you may be looking for an ambient glow to softly illuminate a dark corner, in which case a drum shade would be ideal. Likewise, if you’re selecting a ceiling shade, then consider function first, and then output. For example, if you want to show off a decorative bulb then use an open ceiling shade. If you wanted wow factor for your living room, then look to styles with a luxe metallic interior which look great when seen from below. And if you wanted to create a decorative pattern on your ceiling then a metal wire geometric ceiling shade makes a striking feature. Lastly, don’t forget scale: you may want to make a statement but make sure you measure your space – some floor shades have a large footprint.
How do you care for lamp shades?
Dust lightly with a clean, dry cloth – and always turn off the light at the mains first! Specific care instructions can be found on the individual product pages.
What are they made from?
A wide variety of textures and materials. Our lamp shades come in cotton, plastics and real silk. Our ceiling shades are available in a huge variety to suit all tastes – wood, glass, paper and metal, to name but a few.
Looking for other ways to light up your space? Read our Lighting Buying Guide. For more expert advice, or for something a little more specific, take a look at our Table Lamps, Floor Lamps, and Ceiling Lights Buying Guides.