Bespoke Lamp Shade Design Tips Part 1: The Planning Stages

Story / Talking Shades / Fiona Blake / 10 May 2019

Here in part one, our MD Fiona Ascroft offers some valuable advice for designers based on the questions A Shade Above get asked most often.

What should I be thinking about when planning the lamp shades?

Consider the purpose of the light in your space. Is the priority of your shade to bring texture, warmth, colour, softness to the space? Or is it to bring extra light to a dark space? How do you want to tie together the shades in the space?

Mixing and matching lamp shade styles, techniques and fabrics in a scheme can work really well.

Often using a common theme such as colour, choice of fabric, texture, trimmings, style, or shape can enhance this.

In The Academicians Room at The Royal Academy (below) Martin Brudnizki designed lamp shades in a variety of different shapes and styles, all in cream-gold colourways.

Is there anything specific design-wise your client might want such as diffusers to hide bulb glare? Consider bespoke pendant or wall lamp shades to bring diffused light, shape and warmth to the space.

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Part 2: Size & Shape Rules

Part 3: Choosing Styles & Fabrics

Part 4: Simplifying The Specification Process