DIY Decorating

35 Lampshades You Can Make Before Lights Out

There are many simple ways to add an instant style to your existing decor, changing the lampshade for example.  Most of the lamp fixtures can look good with many different shapes and styles, so don’t just buy a new shade that is exactly like the one you are replacing. Keep an eye on the various shade types; change it from traditional to contemporary or vice versa and add just the right amount of drama, flair, or elegance. A shade’s shape should follow the contour of a lamp; if the base is straight, for example, choose a shade with straight edges.

Look at the detail; fluted shades say elegant, refined, and traditional, pleats are more casual and homey, scalloped edges imply a relaxed, gracious mood and a bell shade is a highly adaptable, chameleon look. Color also has a role, for example, you can mix and match shade colors or choose colors that don’t blend into the background wall treatment. Also, consider the fabric; silk shade looks best informal room, linen, parchment, and textured are more casual and suited for family room. Now take a look at these 35 lamp shades you can make before lights out below.

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