Selecting a Lampshade
How to buy a Lampshade?
If you’ve never selected a lampshade or have not purchased a lampshade in a long time, you’re not alone. Most people accept the lampshade that Grandma chose or they “inherited” or better yet, found at a yard sale as “suitable” not knowing the vast variety a good lampshade can offer in creating drama, and a feeling of clean, bright light and illuminating their personal style. The whole experience can be quite fun if you have the proper tools and a good lampshade source like ILLUME´ NEW YORK.
Bring your lamp always, not the shade. Like fashion and hair-do’s, styles and proportions change. They say, selecting and purchasing a lampshade is like choosing a pair of shoes…
The best way you come up with one that’s right for your style is to try it on.
Illumé has so many styles, colours, shapes and proportions, you’ll update your lamp, your room, and the total mood of your room. If your grandmother’s lampshade is something that was a piece of art with dramatic bends, curves and scallops and you want to recreate/recover it, we can do that too.
As a rule of thumb, choose a shade that’s two-thirds the height of the base. That proportion assures that the lamp won’t look top or bottom heavy.
Measuring a Lampshade
Lampshade pioneers decided long ago that all lampshade measurements are quoted as
Top Diameter x Bottom Diameter x Side Length or TOP X BOTTOM X SIDE
Lampshade are classified within subcategories of styles. Soft-back shades are lampshades is a style of shade whereas fabrics such as silk, linen, cotton are sewn to a wire frame. Hard-back or card shades are lampshades made from parchment paper or fabrics “laminated” to a styrene back. They can either be finished with a “self trim, welt or gimp” or have a rolled edge. A rolled edge is most preferred for modern interiors. The choice is yours.
Painted Lampshades are exactly that. Illumé offers your choice of colour and interior colour: white, gold foil, silver foil, tortoise foil, or hand leafed in gold, or platinum.
Mounting a Lampshade
Once you’ve selected your lampshade, it’s time to mount it. Keep in mind, seasoned decorators and lamp shade professionals all have their own preference to height and exposing a lamp’s “private parts” (socket, harp saddle, neck or “break.”) Here at illumé we fit with the opinion that the height of where the lamp is displayed will determine the finished detail. At eye level, the bottom of the shade should cover the base of the socket and be mounted at mid point of the neck. Your lamp harp is sized in 1 inch increments.
Illume’s words to remember…
THE LOWER THE LAMP IS DISPLAYED THE HIGHER YOU WANT THE SHADE TO SIT… THE HIGHER THE LAMP IS DISPLAYED, THE LOWER YOU WANT THE SHADE TO SIT.
A new shade changes the look of your lamp AND YOUR ROOM. Remember too, you’re only limited by your imagination. Look outside of the box. Our lampshade experts will guide you through finding the shade that’s right for your lamp and your style.
Most importantly, Bring your lamp.