Toolbox

We really can make any lampshade shape, size and style. You may already have an idea of the shape and dimensions you require and here is a Lampshade Design Toolbox or guide to help with some more of the detail you can specify.

Main Style Options

There are two main ways in which your shade can be constructed. Choosing this first, will help direct your choice of fabric, edging, finish and interior. For all our shades we can provide the fabric or you can supply your own. We can also work with you to help specify suitable fittings for your lampshades.

‘Soft’ Lampshades


STRETCHED, PLEATED, GATHERED

Your fabric is stretched, pleated or gathered around a metal framework and then hand-stitched and finished at the top and bottom.
Here are some examples:

‘Laminated’ Lampshades


FABRIC SMOOTHED ON TO A BACKING

Your fabric is laminated carefully by hand onto a choice of backings giving a clean-lined, contemporary look.
Here are some examples:

Choose An Interior

For classic hand-stitched styles line with stretched or gathered fabric. For contemporary laminated styles we offer a range of beautiful PVC interiors.

‘Soft’ Lining


STRETCHED OR GATHERED FABRIC

We can use a standard lining fabric or your choice or fabric. Here are some examples:

‘Laminated’ Lining


PVC, FABRIC OR WALLPAPER

Colours include white, gold/silver (matt or shiny), champagne, copper or translucent. We can also laminate fabric or wallpaper to the interior. Here are some examples:

Finish With Edging

It’s all in the finishing touches. Keep it simple with a self-trim, contrasting trim or rolled edge. Go wild with stunning braids and fringing, buttons and bows, frills, feathers and beads.

‘Soft’ Edge


MATCHED, CONTRASTED OR DECORATED

A stitched shade is trimmed at the top and bottom. We usually make a binding with the main fabric or use a contrasting fabric.
Here are some examples:


‘Laminated’ Edge


ROLLED EDGE OR FABRIC TRIM

The edges can be ‘rolled’ to give a clean modern look or trimmed in the same or contrasting fabric.
Here are some examples:


Other Specialised Lampshades

In addition to the above classic and contemporary styles there are an array of other materials and techniques rather more specialised.

Paper, Parchment & Card

Standard card in white, china white, cream, black, burgundy or dark brown. We can colour match, spray in matt or gloss and use natural skins such as goat vellum, leather or eel skin. The shades below are made with our customer’s own stitched patterned paper.

Luxurious Feathers

Handmade in every respect, every feather is checked, trimmed and individually applied to achieve a thick sumptuous finish – a truly luxurious product.

Raffia, String & Ribbon

In natural or brown faux raffia. Ideal for conservatories and very popular in various hospitality installations such as restaurants and lounge bars.

Bespoke Fixtures

A Shade Above can make bespoke ceiling drop pendants and wall-fittings according to your specification in a variety of metal finishes.

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