Bespoke Lamp Shade Design Tips Part 3: Choosing Styles & Fabrics

Story / Talking Shades / Fiona Blake / 14 May 2019

In part three of our “Design Tips” series, our MD Fiona Ascroft offers up some valuable advice for designers, based on the questions we get asked most often.

What about choosing styles and fabrics?

When choosing fabrics, think about how they will look when lit. Hold the fabric and its lining in front of a bulb (preferably the one you are going to use). Play with the fabric lining or PVC colour – the warmer the lining you use the warmer the glow – and remember it will change the ‘on’ look of the light!

A quick check of the fabric with the A Shade Above team will avoid any issues along the way. We can always suggest or help you source alternatives if there is a problem. There is no need to be daunted by the plethora of different styles and variation possible in designing a handmade lamp shade.

You can be adventurous by playing with the detail, for example with the trim or the lining – it is an opportunity to try something new and create something a little different or just to create another level of detail such to a clean, timeless piece.

Have fun with mixing up styles! A traditional style pleated shade in a contemporary shape (for example a box-pleated drum shape in an optic white silk) can be really striking and original.

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