All Shapes & Sizes
Drum Shades: Drum shades live up to their name! With a circular top and bottom, drum shades form a cylindrical shape resembling a drum.
Empire Shades: Known for its elegance, an empire shade is notable for its tapered top with a larger, circular bottom. The diameter of the top circle is about one-half of the bottom’s diameter.
Square/Rectangular Shades: Square and rectangular shades bring a sharp, geometric accent to your space; they add particular contrast when paired with a rounded base.
While you can probably imagine how the shapes of these shades will interact with your lamp base, interesting details such as rounded corners may bring unexpected panache to your replacement shade.
Bell Shades: Bell shades are basically empire shades with a little more flare! The top diameter is also about one-half of the bottom diameter, but it slopes down and flares out to a multi-sided bottom with corners.
Silk: Silk is the fabric of luxury. For thousands of years, silk has brought a sense of elegance and sophistication to clothing and decor alike. On a lampshade, silk can create an air of romance and opulence. The smooth fabric reflects light and can create an iridescent effect. There are many different types of silk fabrics, so do some research to find the best for you. Use silks in a room to romance, luxuriousness and elegance.
Synthetics: Synthetic fabrics are man-made from a fusion of fibers. The two main types of synthetic fabric used for lamp shades are Anna and Supreme satin. Anna synthetic has a tight and thin weave and a durable texture. Supreme satin is glossy and glamorous; satin lampshades bring a luxurious sophistication to any room. Synthetic lampshades are a good option for retro or sophisticated themes.
Linen: Made from the flax plant, found in both luxurious homes and used for common dishcloths! It’s versatility and durability make it a great fabric for a lampshade. It’s two to three times stronger than cotton fabric and it also wicks away both heat and moisture. Use linen shades to add a charming feel to your space; they are perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere.
Cotton: Cotton is a popular fabric for lampshades because it’s easy to clean as well as easy to pleat, drape and gather for more decorative lampshades. Cotton lampshades help create a casual tone; consider using them in high-traffic or dirty areas as they are so easy to clean!
Alternate options: The lampshade material options are endless! From burlap to canvas, stained glass, tin and even seashells, there is a material out there to help create your perfect style.
A lamp finial is an ornament that helps to secure the lampshade in place. They are functional, but can also be beautiful in a variety of colors, materials and decorative shapes. They serve as a small finishing touch to a space.