How to trim a lamp shade? Trim makes lamp shade an active element in décor.
Where to Get Lamp Shade Trims
Get trimmings or catalogs from some lamp shade retailers. There are a lot of ribbons and laces in a variety of widths in sewing centers. Look for novelty ribbons and trimmings in craft stores. There might be a large stock of interesting paper borders and accents in the scrapbooking area. Find character-themed jewelry and shoelaces in children’s departments, and use them to make great trimmings.
Commercial Lamp Shade Trims
Most lamp shades are made of silk. Homemakers will keep them for many years because professional shade-makers can renew the look with large stocks of trimmings.
To renew the look of shade used in traditional décor, you can choose from a variety of simple and intricate braids. Or, you can explore the wide range of beaded and fabric fringes and looped trims to create art deco or earlier styles like Victorian décor.
Even in more modern environments, you can use commercial trims as a part of a decorative vignette because they can provide just the right touch for a parchment or silk-shaded lamp. In your guest room, you can try these elaborate trims for the shade of a reading lamp to create a fun focal point in an otherwise minimalist decor.
Ribbons, Notions and Bindings
Border lamp shades and plain curtains with a stripe of grosgrain ribbon in a coordinating color is a quick and economical way to bring them into a decor scheme. Edge lampshades with eyelet lace adds charm to a girl’s bedroom. Look for novelty ribbons that echo animal, floral or other themes in a child’s room décor in sewing-center’s notions area. Use one of the edgings intended for upholstery finishing to upgrade inexpensive fabric or paper shades. It is also a good way to add a lustrous colored braid to dark shades.
To create shades that fit perfectly into your décor, you need to prepare a measuring tape, sharp scissors, some binder clips to hold work in place and a hot-glue gun.
Fabric that have performed other functions in the decoration can be used to trim lamp shade.
Cut casual fabrics in strips to border shades, or cut them in shapes that accentuate parts of a print or a theme.
For instance, cut out the small violets or rosebuds from a multifloral pattern. Use fabric glue to fix them to white paper shades. Cover the shade surface with a layer of eyelet lace fabric. Border the edges with eyelet lace-by-the-yard. Extend the lace-trimmed look of shades for your daughter’s room.
To create border strips for your shades, you need to cut more expensive upholstery and drapery fabrics on the bias. Add spaced vertical stripes of the same fabric to extend the look. Create a paneled look for a plain shade.
Pair subtitle trims with slubbed shantung fabric strips with fabric shades in the same or a similar color for a textured rose-on-rose look. Blue strips on white shades can bring sharper contrasts.