WHAT MATERIALS DO HABITAT'S DO HABITAT'S LAMP SHADES COME IN?
When it comes to selecting the perfect lamp shade, the material of that shade can make all the difference to how the light shines across the room – not to mention the aesthetic of the room itself.
At Habitat we offer a number of options, from the premium and luxe through to styles that reflect a sense of everyday chic. There is silk, ideal for the more lavish setting, or fabric options, the latter ideal for elevating the luxe factor without upping the cost. Fabric is also well-equipped to incorporate appealing prints and embroidery.
For those who follow the Hygge school of interior design, paper shades play their part perfectly; arty and quirky, yet beautifully clean and simple in form. Hygge is all about no fuss and minimum clutter, therefore to this end plastic also fits the bill, although we would also recommend this for lovers of all things Scandi – plastic is just the thing for a minimalist look and feel.
If you’re a fan of a rustic vibe to your home, then we suggest elevating wooden furniture and cabinets by juxtaposing with a metal lamp shade – the two elements contrast beautifully to suggest an elegantly rustic vibe that’s also utterly contemporary.
WHAT COLOURS ARE HABITAT'S LAMP SHADES AVAILABLE IN?
Due to the light it omits, enhancing both the shade itself and the room it graces, a lamp shade has the power to be the pièce de résistance. We have a hue to tie into every colour palette and style of interior design; white, grey and silver are go-to choices for those Scandi-style aforementioned rooms, while orange is ideal for helping to make a room look warmer.
But what does each colour do for your mood? Well, blue is said to be calming and serene, while yellow communicates happiness and radiates sunshine. Orange, in addition to its warming properties, is also said to be playful and energetic, while in contrast, brown is sturdy and rustic, adding an outdoorsy element to any interior room. Black is powerful, sophisticated and edgy, which alludes to why it’s eternally popular, whereas white is clean, virtuous and healthy. If looking to neutralise a monochrome palette, add pops of grey - a colour said to evoke a feeling of formality. We say it’s simply one of the chicest contemporary colours around.
WHAT TYPES OF LAMP CAN LAMP SHADES BE USED FOR?
The majority of lamps, except for those that tend to be more abstract in design, pair well with a lamp shade – in fact, they tend to benefit greatly from the addition of one. A shade on a table lamp is generally at eye-level, therefore it serves to enhance the room the way accessories do - in an aesthetically pleasing way - as well as adding colours and light to a room.
Floor lamp shades are also a fantastic addition to any home, allowing the floor lamp to softly lighten the room, as opposed to glaring light across its entirety. For example, a floor lamp might often be used to highlight a piece of art – this is done in a much more delicate manner when a shade is in situ. Similarly, the bedside table lamp ensures the glow is subtle, perfectly suited for setting the mood for bed, or shielding eyes upon first waking up. It also helps to centre the light on a bedtime book, much like desk lamp shades, which are ideal for focusing any light on the work in hand.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE LOOK IN YOUR ROOM
When working your lamp shade together with the rest of the room, it’s vital to take into consideration the other elements within. Do you want the lamp shade to simply omit light, seemingly as if from nowhere? If so, opt for a natural shade crafted in no fuss fabrics. If the opposite is true, however, then there are numerous methods through which you can highlight the lamp shade, notably opting for other accessories, such as vases and wall art that call to similar shades and tones.
In terms of patterns, colours and prints, cushions, rugs and throws can all complement the colour and texture of your shade, while matching table and ceiling lamps can help add a uniform touch to a room instantly. With all the right components in place, no interior design expert will be able to throw shade at your sense of style. (Like what we did there?)