Choose a lampshade that compliments the colors in your room
Your living room, bedroom and any space that requires illumination should be looked at as a whole when it comes to choosing lampshades. Whether you want your lights to be the focal point of the room – then choose bolder material and style that will stand out amongst other decor. For a more subtle approach use neutral tones and lighter material in lampshade.
Decide how your lampshade will fit in your interior
Before you get too concentrated on how the lampshade looks, don’t forget to look at the space it will go in. A bedside table lampshade could need a smaller profile if a bedside table is small or if there isn’t a lot of space to get in and out of the bed freely. While a floor lamp next to sofa may afford a wider profile for its placement in your living room.
Determine if your lampshade is for ambiance, function or both
Every lampshade that you put in your home doesn’t have to be just for function. While it’s obviously nice for your lampshades to diffuse the light from the light bulb to create a relaxing ambiance, the style of your shade can make a difference as well. Using all-white decor in your home and lighter lampshades will give you maximum illumination. Consider using light toned shades for more light diffusion into the room and use darker shades to create a mood or ambiance in your space.
Bring lampshades into unconventional rooms in your home
When looking for the right lampshade, remember that lamps can go in your bathroom, basement or laundry room to add ambiance and to create an aesthetic that wasn’t once there. In many modern homes, designers are using pendant lampshades to create a focal point over a free-standing bathtub. If you have countertop area in your laundry room, why not place a small lamp as a “nightlight” or ambiance when walking by a dark laundry room? The right lampshade can make all the difference in unconventional spaces.
Make a statement with your lampshades or none at all
When considering the right lampshade also look to your room to determine if you’d like to make a statement or would prefer your lampshades to blend into the surrounding decor. Complimenting colors and fabrics used on furniture can be the inspiration for lampshades that share the same color palettes as textiles, wallpaper, accent rugs and throw pillows.
Don't forget your cables
With a vast selection of lampshades, cables are just as important when selecting lighting for a room. Textile pendant cables are ideal to give a touch of style and color to your home. Depending on the length of the cable you can decide whether and how to invent special effects, rolling or tying the cord to give more accent.