How To Choose The Right Lampshade

Lampshades are the unsung heroes of the interior design process, and choosing the right lampshade can make a huge difference! What other design element offers as much versatility? From size, color, material/texture and translucency, the right lampshade can warm, soften or energize a room, complement your color scheme and dynamically highlight your other architectural, design and decorating choices. Are you getting the most out of your lampshades?


Before We Start!

Sometimes breaking the “rules” results in unexpected surprises! Trust your eye and individualize your lampshade experience to reflect your distinct aesthetic style.


Shape

   

Size



How To Measure Your Shade


Translucency


Color And Texture

 

Fitter

The fitter is hardware that allows you to connect the lampshade to the lamp. There are many different kinds, so make sure the shade you love has the fitter that matches your lamp.
Washer and Spider fitters are typically the most common. These sit on top of the harp and are secured by a finial.

Reflector Bowl fitters are similar to Spider fitters, however they have grooves in the spider arms that secure the lamp shade's position on top of a reflector bowl. These are often secured by a finial.

Bulb clips are typically found on smaller lamps or chandeliers. Regular bulb clips traditionally clip onto round lightbulbs while candle clips fit onto bulbs that mimic the shape of a candle.

Hurricane or Chimney fitters are unique in that they rest on a lamp base that has a “chimney,” or glass, that extends upwards from the socket around the bulb.

Nardi or Slip Uno fitters are generally held in place by the bulb and sit on top of the socket.

Threaded Uno fitters are typically for down-bridge lamps and feature a screw thread that attatches to a socket before the bulb is attatched.

Euro fitters are very similar to Threaded Uno fitters, they sit on the socket and are usually held in place by the light bulb.

 

Finial