How to Choose The Perfect Lampshade

Grey Table Lamp Shade With Pebble Table Lamp Base


Finding the right route in the ever-growing world of lamps and lampshades is no easy task! You may already have your lamp base or perhaps you have found the potentially perfect purchase, but you cannot decide which lampshade will work best.


We’re sharing our expert guide on how to measure a lampshade and advise on the best lampshade sizes, guaranteed to help you find the perfect fit.


The big question we are often asked is what size lampshade is best for your lamp base? Well, believe it or not, there is an accurate way to work out the most proportioned look.


Start by measuring the lamp itself using a tape measure (or ruler). For the height, measure from the bottom of the lamp base to the top of the lamp (just below the bulb holder, so that the bulb holder isn’t included in the measurement). Make a note of this height and then measure the width at the widest part of your lamp base.


Once you have these measurements then there are 3 golden steps to follow:


  1. The width of the lampshade should be equal to the height of the lamp base
  2. The height of the lampshade should be two thirds the height of the lamp base
  3. The lampshade should be wider than the widest part of the lamp base


Like every rule, there are always exceptions and of course, nothing compares to your own vision and taste. But, by following these rules it ensures that everything is kept in proportion and neither lampshade or lamp base overpowers the other.


The next question we want to answer is where should your lampshade sit?


This is something that is often overlooked until your new purchase is home and then you realise something just doesn’t look quite right.


We believe the perfect sized lampshade should hide the fittings underneath without encroaching upon the lamp base itself. Take into consideration the location of where you will be positioning your lamp in the room – will there be plenty of space around it, or will it be in close proximity to a wall, a piece of furniture or placed near the path of frequent footfall?


If there is limited space, it makes sense to choose one with a narrow profile and pair it with an equally narrow shade, then it’s less likely to get damaged or knocked over.


We really hope this has helped make your lighting and lampshade choice a little easier.


The Autumn/Winter Trend of 2018

We love nothing more than taking some time out with tea and biscuits to have a nose in the latest lifestyle and interior magazines. They are packed full of the latest trends from light shades and statement baths to copper kitchens and dramatic mirrors.


What we love most about what we do is that we can add new light shade designs and colours at anytime. With each lampshade being handmade in our Essex studio, we adore experimenting with the latest colour combinations and exploring new elements.


So what is on trend this autumn/winter?


Quite simply, it is the grey and yellow combination!


And we LOVE it!


You only need to browse a few pages on the Ideal Homewebsite to see exactly what we mean.


Yellow is the ultimate mood boosting shade, with a mellow undertone it is cheerful without being too in-your-face or in its boldest form will give rooms confidence and freshness. When teamed together, yellow and grey are a match made in heaven as the pair work in harmony with one another. Calming grey tones down the strength of yellow and in return the uplifting, warming shade gives grey a personality and strength it wouldn’t have on its own.


This colour scheme works perfectly in any setting; for instance, we love our Scion Spike Hedgehog grey and yellow lampshadefor a children’s bedroom. It is a bold light shade softened by an endearing design. It can be teamed with a delicate bedside lampfor those dreamy bedtime stories or as a pendant lampshade for a larger illumination.


The best thing about this fantastic colour combination is there endless variations. With so many different tones of grey available, it is very simple to achieve an understated soft look or a bold and eye popping finish.


What do we offer?


Well, if you are not quite ready to reach for the paintbrush and make that yellow and grey change then we offer a very easy way to bring this trend into your home this season.


Browse our lampshade rangeto see the beautiful handmade grey and yellow combinations we have on offer. Or if you are already ahead of the game and have a grey and yellow scheme already featuring then simply send us in the wallpaper you would like us to use and we will make your bespoke lampshade.



What Is A Bespoke Lampshade?

We have wanted to write this blog for a little while now as one of our passions here at The Lampshade Co. is making bespoke lampshades.


So, the big question, what actually is a bespoke lampshade?


It may seem quite an obvious thing but we do have many queries as to what is  involved and how do we begin this process? Well, we are here to answer all of your questions.


When we say bespoke lampshade, we trulymean bespoke. You can decide on every element and your unique lampshade is then delivered straight to your door.


The first step is to browse our bespoke lampshade pagewithin our website to decide on which lining you would like – yes you can have different lining! If you are feeling something a little more luxurious then why not have a look at our metallic lining, available in Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Champagne.


Now the next step is the important one, here you decide on size, diffuser and fitting. There are many sizes available and we know this list can look a little daunting but do not ever panic. The first step is to decide on your diameter and then you can narrow the list down to 3 or sizes. If you are ever unsure on what diameter is best then do not hesitate to give us a calland we can help advise you on what may suit your situation best.


If you are scrolling through the extensive list of available


Once you have decided upon these criteria, it is now time to add this to your cart. It is at this stage many people start to wonder where they let us know about their fabric or wallpaper choice.


Fear not, we will contact you via email as soon as we receive your order to request your chosen fabric/wallpaper and provide you with further details surrounding the process.


This is when the excitement begins for us at The Lampshade Co. HQ! We adore seeing all the different designs that people send in and there is nothing more satisfying then when we see the beautiful finished product.


Have you received your handmade bespoke lampshade from us? We would love to see it in its new home!

Side lamps – The three-step process for picking the perfect lampshade

Picking out the perfect shade for your lamp base sounds simple enough, right? Yet anyone who’s ever tried to create the perfect combination knows, this task can prove trickier than at first it seemed.

Round or square? Big, medium or small? Translucent, opaque, and what about colours? You’ve a lot of decisions to make – here’s our guide to help you through them…


Table Lamp; Lampshade; Lamp; Bedroom Lighting


What shape should you shop for?

One little known interior-design tip for your table lamps is to look at the shape of the base. If it’s round, a round shade usually pairs up best, whereas square or angular bases typically work best with a square lampshade. An exception to this rule is the extremely versatile candlestick – which can accommodate almost any lampshade shape.


Table Lamp; Lamp; Lampbase


Big, medium or small?

Surprisingly, there’s an exact science to creating the perfect proportions for your table lamp.

For width and height, the base should always take up 60% of the total height (the lampshade accounting for 40%), and the widest part of the base should be around 50% of the lamp shade width.


Translucent, opaque and touching upon colours…

Choosing between translucent (where the light shines through the shade to an extent) or opaque (which blocks out most of the light, with the illumination mostly shining though the top and bottom) is simply a matter of whether you want ambient lighting (for which translucent is ideal) or you want to highlight key areas of the room (in which case, you’ll want to go for opaque).

As for lamp shade colours– you have two choices: go for complementary colours – either matching the shade with the base, or go for contrast. In the latter instance, you can make light work of discovering colour combos by looking at a colour wheel. Start by finding the colour of your base, and look to the opposite side – right there you’ll discover the perfect colour for contrast.


Our shop awaits – explore now.


Interior design hacks for a larger (seeming) home

In the UK, space is at a serious premium – especially in city centres, with London property coming at almost £500 per square foot. With modern living taking place in smaller (and smaller) spaces than ever before, you need plenty of clever interior hacks if you’re to make your home feel roomier than the rabbit hutch it might be. So it’s a good job we have these five tips up our sleeve…


  1. Paint or paper the ceiling

Make your rooms feel taller than they are, by using decals, paint or wallpaper on the ceiling. Patterns, or anything other than plain white, will lead the eyeline upwards. Another tip is to hang shelves just below the ceiling to line with books.


  1. Go for light and airy colours on both the floor and the walls

While dark colours can create a feeling of cosiness, when you’re working with a confined space you need to stick to pale colours, such as white or cream. This applies equally to your carpet, real wood floor or laminate, although you can opt for pale rugs if you can’t afford a floor makeover right now.



  1. Go for one big piece of statement furniture

This one may seem counter intuitive but compared to placing multiple smaller furniture pieces around a room, using a single, large one can optimise the space and make the room feel uncluttered.


  1. Use a clever combination of lighting

The fist founding rule of lighting that creates a feeling of space is to ensure that the lighting is spread evenly around the room. Beyond this, you should have at least three types of lighting: long pendant ceiling lights(which can lengthen the height of the room); corner/recess wall lights(which illuminates all of the space and helps with its even spread) and a tall, thin lamp with a small to moderate shade(which won’t overwhelm your space, but will still provide a little task lighting and ambience).



  1. Get smart, with stripes

Stripes are right on trend – and they also help to elongate the length of a room when positioned horizontally.

And with that, our space-expanding tips draw to a close – your maisonette is now positively mansion-like! Ready to illuminate your now extended space? Shop for lighting now.

Mix and Match Based on Each Section Of The Kitchen

No need to feel constrained by matching up your ceiling lighting – in fact, choosing different lights can help create the illusion of separate, functional spaces in an open plan setting.

Perfect pairings in the dining area and the kitchen space include…

Kitchen:Black & Antique Copper 3 Light Electrified Ceiling Pendant LightDining area: Black & Antique Copper 5 Drop Electrified Ceiling Pendant Light

Kitchen:Chrome LED Multi Arm Pendant Ceiling LightDining area: Teal Glass Closh Electrified Ceiling Pendant Light

Kitchen:Nickel and Clear Glass Round Electrified Ceiling Pendant LightDining area: Large Glass Lantern Electrified Ceiling Pendant Light in Nickel


  1. Working with a luxuriously large kitchen space?

You’ll need your lights to work overtime, otherwise you’ll end up with uncovered corners and areas of counterspace that are less than safe for slicing and dicing.

In this case, you need optimal brightness. For which LED is the most effective form of lighting. Check out the stylish Circles Ceiling Pendant(which gives off 2960 Lumens), or the White LED Circles Ceiling Pendant Light(with 1920 Lumens).

  1. Want atmosphere, everywhere? Go for under cupboard task lighting

If you want to keep the lights on throughout the kitchen after dinner, choose ambient, lifestyle lighting for the ceilings, and illuminate your cooking tasks with under-cupboard spotlights instead.


  1. Don’t forget the paperwork, homework, and everything that happens in the kitchen

The kitchen is now a family room, so this space really needs to work independently of the ceiling lights when it comes to the different activities that take place here. Reading floor lampsand desk lamps should provide enough flexibility when it comes to tasks ranging from sorting the bills, to kids who want to build blocks.

So that’s your kitchen lighting masterclass over and done with. You should probably start thinking about your next dinner party now. And don’t worry if you’re no Heston Blumenthal, with lighting so stylish, who cares what the food tastes like?

Literary characters we love (and their lampshades)

Despite many nay-sayers, it seems that book reading is alive and well in the UK, with three-quarters of British people reporting finishing a book within the past 12 months.

At the Lampshade Co, we’ve got many an avid reader amongst our ranks. Which got us thinking – what if characters, were lampshades? So we hope you’re sitting comfortably, because this is how we believe the story would unfold…


  1. Catherine and Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

Ahhh, the mystifying Wuthering Heights – the deep, dark romance, the dramatic landscapes, the brooding weather. It’s a novel full of atmosphere. While doomed to their fates, there’s no denying the underlying romance of Cathy and Heath’s story, so if they were a lighting type, they would be the two faux flames of a beautiful, traditional twin wall light.


  1. Pippi Longstocking

She’s bright, bold and unafraid – and she does everything on her own terms. If this little firecracker were a light type, there’s no way she’d want anything less than a combo she’d created. So with that in mind, she’d be a mix and match lamp base, with a lampshade that features her trademark white and red.


  1. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Now for the character we’re meant to love to hate. So he may have been a maniac serial killer, but hey – the guy had some serious style. If he were any type of lighting, it would probably an ultra-modern, uber-cool LED ceiling light.

  1. Matilda Wormwood – Matilda

Brilliant and headstrong in equal measure, Matilda is simply magical. For this little girl with the massive imagination, her choice of lampshade would definitely be the Little Sanderson Abracazoo Treasure Map.

  1. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games

Fearless and brave beyond boundaries, Katniss is not afraid to take a stand, so her lighting style would definitely be one that makes an unforgeable statement. That said, with her clear love for her family and only wish to go home, we’d wager our bets that she mixes contemporary style with traditionalist chic when it comes to interior design. All in all, we’d say she’d light up with the Smoke Glass Dome & Glass Beads Ceiling Light.


Hopefully we’ve inspired you with a few novel ideas for overhauling your at-home lighting. But if you’re still feeling stuck, you may want to explore our lighting collections room by room…

Bedroom| Children’s| Dining| Garden & Outdoor| Hallway| Home Office| Kitchen| Living Room

Have you seen it yet?


What are we talking about?


Well, we are rather excited to announce the launch of our exclusive lighting range to compliment our award-winning lampshade collection.

From dreamy bedside lighting to eye-popping lavish chandeliers, our brand-new range will be sure to brighten anyone’s day.

To celebrate this exciting time, we are offering 25% discount on all products this summer! Minimum Spend £100*

We invite all customers, existing and new, to join us in celebrating this exciting milestone with this limited time only offer.

We hope you love your new purchase as much as we do!

*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer valid from July 20th July. Offer Expires August 31st 2018.

Spotlight on: Patterned Lampshades

No time to dig through interior design mags to discover what’s hot and what’s not? No problem – here’s our fast-fire top-three countdown of the trendiest patterned lampshades for 2018 (direct from our industry insiders).

Walk on the Wild Side, with Animal Print

Yup, the hottest high street fashion has transcended into the realm of lighting. Except here there’s no need to stick purely to zebra print, as giraffes, tigers and cheetahs all want in when it comes to your living space.

Shop animal print patterned lampshades

 Go Ultra-on-Trend, with Ultra-Violet

It’s the pantone colour of the year – a deep, dramatic version of violet. Reflecting times of change and a need for innovation, inventiveness and imagination, you can pick a violet shade, or be a little bit more flexible and choose a purple pattern.

Explore purple patterned lampshades

Bring the Outdoors In, with Nature-based Lampshades

Nature, birds and wildlife have been hot property for some time now in the on trend home, and this style direction shows no sign of slowing down just yet.

From leafs to florals, minimalistic bird prints to intricate peacock feathers, this final addition to our countdown is as diverse as it is a breath of fresh air.

Discover the Great Outdoors with Bird and Wildlife Lampshades

With that, our top three countdown is all wrapped up. But if you’re just not feeling the pattered direction for your lighting, you may want to consider a mix and match lampshade – which seems to fit perfectly into any environment – from contemporary, to traditional, a magnolia lounge, or a wallpapered top-to-bottom living room.

Lightbulbs and Energy Efficiency

Eco-friendly lighting in the open plan kitchen

The emergence of the open plan layout has transformed the way we live. No longer are our dining, entertaining and cooking spaces separate. Instead, they have merged into one – creating a sociable, family-friendly room that’s perfect for modern life.

But that’s not to say that open plan layouts are free from problems – the main one being the challenge of creating separate zones for each of the roles the room must play – from dining to working and onto relaxing.

Here we explain how eco-friendly lighting can help to create these zones – for optimal open plan living.

The low-energy lighting lie

First things first – let’s dispel a BIG eco-lighting myth. Gone are the days of compromising between bright light and eco-friendly bulbs. Now, drama, focus and bright task lighting are yours for the taking, whilst sapping only the most minimal of electricity (up to 90% less, in fact, when compared to old-school bulbs).

 Choose the right lighting for each space

List all of the roles that your open plan kitchen plays, along with the level of lighting required in that zone. This might include:

  • Cooking – Generally bright, with spot lighting for tasks such as chopping and other food prep.
  • Dining – Reasonable light, with over table lighting to set the scene.
  • Working – A good level of light to avoid eye-strain, for which a desk lamp may be most suitable, so that this relatively small space doesn’t interfere with the atmosphere of the lounge.
  • A snug-like space – A low level of light, given that this area is for relaxation, for which a floor lamp offers the ideal soft-lit solution

Arranging your furniture

Your lighting should work with your furniture by being arranged around the larger of pieces which create separate spaces – such as your sofas creating a squared off space, or a table and benches separating the dining area.

Soft to bright lighting (and back again) – Consider an earth-friendly dimmable solution

As a final versatile solution to the changing roles of your open plan space, consider switching to energy efficient dimmable bulbs– for effortlessly changing up the atmosphere, according to what you’re doing.

All done –your open plan kitchen is now effectively zoned off. The next stop? The Lampshade Co Kitchen lighting collection.