How Do I Choose the Right Lamp Shade?

How do you choose the right lamp shade? Picking the perfect shade for your table or floor lamp is all about scale, style, and supporting your lamp base. So it has to fit the place and occasion, complement without overwhelming, and draw just enough attention to be noticed. While it may be intimidating, learning how to measure a lamp for a shade will guarantee the perfect outcome. Follow our choosing a lampshade guide so you can feel confident in your choice.

 

Flatter the lamp base

The first thing you do when you’re trying to choose the right  is to look at your lamp. What’s the general shape?

  • If your base is round, then a round shade usually works best.
  • A square or angular silhouette tends to look better with a square shade.

Of course, there are always exceptions to any decorating rule – candlestick lamps, with their combination of curves and angles, can handle just about any shape. And, if your lamp is square and your table is round, a round shade can complement both.

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