Tips for Choosing the Right Lampshade

Have you ever find the right lamp shade? The perfect right lamp shade plays a role in the overall room design and décor, softens light, and blocks the glare of a bare bulb.


The fitting of lamp helps to narrow the search. In general, there are three different fittings, a spider, washer fitting, an uno design or a clip-on installation.

It is very easy to recognize clip-on shades which have a metal clip that attaches directly to the light bulb.

Spider, or washer, fittings have a tiny spindle positioned above the light bulb, and they usually rest on the top of harp. When checking the lamp shades designed to fit a spider fitting, you will find there is a small washer in the center of the top of the shade that rests on the spindle.

Uno fittings is located just below the base of the light bulb. There is a hole in the middle of the frame and it is large enough to fit around the base of a bulb.

Color and Pattern

Lamp shade comes in different colors or patterns. To make a designer lamp stand out, you can choose simple colors and patterns. To make a statement with a simple lamp, you can choose a bold shad. To brighten up a room, you can choose lighter shades. To control light and set a mood, you can use darker shades.


There are many different shades. For instance, you can choose drum or oval shades to match the modern or contemporary décor. As a general rule, the shape of shade should match the shape of the lamp. However, if you plan to use it with a table lamp, you can match it to the shape of the table.


Starting with the height of the shade to size the lamp shade.

The shade should be roughly two-thirds the height of the lamp, an about twice the width of the lamp at its widest part, suggested by Apartment Therapy. Regan Billingsley Interiors says, “choosing a shade with a bottom diameter of less than 16 inches for table lamps, or greater than 16 inches for floor lamps.”

In fact, the wider the top of the shade, the more light it projects into the room.


Shades with smooth, stretched fabric offer a more modern look than pleated designs, and are much easier to clean. Box pleats offer a compromise between these two looks if you want just a bit of texture without looking too dated.

Compared with pleated designs, shades with smooth, stretched fabric offer a more modern look and are much easier to clean. If you want just a bit of texture without looking too dated, you can try box pleats because they offer a compromise between these two looks.