What are the different types of lampshades?
The main lampshade shapes are drum, empire and square, but we also have oval, rectangular and cone shades, to fit every possible lamp. An empire shade is a classic ‘frustum’ shaped shade, a shape that is created by taking the top off a cone with the cut made parallel to the base. Drum shades look more contemporary and are cylindrical in appearance, rather like a musical drum. Lastly, square shades have the silhouette of a pyramid, minus its peak.
In the picture below you find the most popular lampshade styles.
What are the different styles of lampshade?
If you have a plain lamp, then you might want to cast your eyes over our unique lampshades. Be inspired by colourful prints and patterns; swirls, stripes, floral motifs (and on Bonaire even flamingo's!) are woven into the fabric of a shade or digitally printed on card. Plain shades are great if you have a really dynamic lamp and are worried about it being overshadowed by a showy shade. Plus, they will complement practically every scheme.
What shape of lampshade is right for me?
This depends on the lamp that you are dressing. Organic shapes tend to suit empire or drum shades whereas geometric lamps look better with square designs.
If you lean towards classic interior décor, an empire shade will be your best bet. Rectangular shades are good for narrow lamps and drum shades are just the ticket if you’re lighting up a modern scheme. Square, mini, oval and cone shades are a good match for wall lights and small column lamps; they are often chosen for lights in bathrooms and hallways.
What is the best material for a lampshade?
Most lampshades are made from linen, cotton or card. Fabric shades are supported by metal frames, while card shades hold their own shape. If you’re struggling to choose between the two, consider what kind of atmosphere you want to create with lamps. Card lampshades have a clean façade, in white they instantly lighten a room, making it feel more spacious. Black-out linen shades are perfect if you’re a fan of dark, mysterious décor or want to create contrast using a bold lamp. Pleated fabric shades are quite traditional and have that ‘French cottage’ look to them, ideal for a vintage-inspired scheme.