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Lampshades Buying Guide

While their main purpose is to diffuse light, lampshades are also essential as the final flourish to add style to table and floor lamps as well as chandeliers and pendants. Use this guide to best match lamp bases with lampshades.

Types of Lampshades

Types of Lampshades

Lampshades come in countless shapes and sizes that are able to fit on the tiniest of lamps and the largest of pendant fixtures. Think carefully about how a lampshade—hard or soft, drum or oval, floor, empire, hexagonal, coolie, bell, or hybrid—will accentuate the style of your lamp as well as the surrounding decor of a room. Here’s an introduction to lampshade types and differences.

Hard Vs. Soft

In addition to shape, the biggest distinction in lampshades is in structure. Hard lampshades have a hard plastic liner covered by a glued-on material, typically fabric or laminate. Soft shades usually have a solid-color liner with a more decorative outer shell—typically made of fabric—attached with either thread or tape.

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World Market

Why We Love It Diffused light seeps through the transparent, floral pattern of our Black and Clear Flower Print Accent Lamp Shade..., a quick contemporary fix for your space. The perfect size for an office desk, nightstand, or anywhere else you want to add a bit of ambiance, our affordable Accent Lamp Shades coordinate with our wide selection of Accent Lamp Bases, so you can create the perfect ensemble to fit your style, space and budget. What You Need To Know Black and Clear Flower Print Accent Lamp Shade is plastic Mix and match with any World Market accent lamp base Works with uno socket lamp bases only World Market exclusive Product Specifications 10"Dia. x 6.75"H; 1.37" read more

World Market

Why We Love It Take a minute to update your space with our Gray and Yellow Flower Accent Lamp Shade featuring two flocked floral ...medallions, and enjoy its fresh style and hot hues all year long. The perfect size for an office desk, nightstand, or anywhere else you want to add a bit of ambiance, our affordable Accent Lamp Shades coordinate with our wide selection of Accent Lamp Bases, so you can create the perfect ensemble to fit your style, space and budget. What You Need To Know Gray and Yellow Flower Accent Lamp Shade is cotton-linen Mix and match with any World Market accent lamp base Works with uno socket lamp bases only World Market exclusive Product Specifications 10"Dia. x 6.75"H; 1.37" read more

World Market

Why We Love It Soft light filters through our Natural Burlap Accent Lamp Shade, casting a warm glow on your space. This eco-chic ...shade is made from 100% burlap, a wonderfully versatile material that offers a rustic look. What You Need To Know Natural Burlap Accent Lamp Shade is made from 100% burlap for a rustic look Mix and match with any World Market accent lamp base Works with uno socket lamp bases only Part of our Natural Burlap Lamp Shade Collection World Market exclusive Made in Vietnam Product Specifications 10"Dia. x 6.75"H; 1.37" read more

Amita Trading

This stylish lamp shade is crafted of lined silk. In a round shape, this shade offers a beige color. Setting: Indoor Materials: Li...ned silk Color: Beige Dimensions:5 inches TOP diameter / 12 inches bottom diameter / 7 inches Height read more

Drum, Cylinder, or Oval

Drum or oval shades are often used to cover pendant lights, although miniature drum, cylinder, or oval lampshades may be found on chandeliers as well. They are the same width from top to bottom. Their clean lines work well in contemporary or transitional decorating schemes.

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Lamp Factory
$57.98 $92.39
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Give your table lamp a new look with this bell lamp shade. This Off-white drum lamp shade has a hardback liner and matching self t...rim. Includes one lamp shade Setting: Indoor Shades: Off-white drum lamp shade with hardback liner and matching self trim Dimensions: 18 inches high x 21 inches diameter on bottom x 12 inches diameter on top read more

Pottery Barn

The subtle texture of linen gives our Linen Tapered Drum Lamp Shade a rich look. It?s finished with matching edging. Small: 13.5''... diameter, 8.5'' high Medium: 15'' diameter, 9.5'' high Large: 17'' diameter, 10.5'' high X-Large: 19.5'' diameter, 12.5'' high 100% linen shade with styrene lining. Pair with any of our Mix and Match® lamp bases (sold separately). read more

Pottery Barn

Expand your options with our interchangeable lamp shades. Small: 13.5" diameter, 8.5" high Medium: 15" diameter, 9.5" high Large: ...17" diameter, 10.5" high Pair with any of our Mix and Match® lamp bases (sold separately). read more

Pottery Barn

The filtered light of our burlap shade lends a natural, textural warmth to any room. Small: 12.5" diameter, 8.5" high Medium: 14" ...diameter, 9.5" high For best results, use with our Filament Bulb (sold separately). read more

Floor-lamp, Empire, or Coolie

Floor-lamp, empire, or coolie lampshades widen at the bottom of the shade. The amount of flair varies; floor-lamp shades typically most closely resemble drum shades, but all three kinds push most light downward.

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The Company Store

Burlap lamp shade. 12 x 16 x 13" H Lamp shade made from textured burlap fabric. Tapered design. Matches our Jayden floor lamp (lam...p not included). Spot clean. Imported. Add warm texture to any room with this attractive burlap lamp shade. A perfect match for our Jayden Floor Lamp, or any lamp (lamps not included), the Jayden Burlap lamp shade features a classic tapered design and a muted beige color, making it a great fit in nearly any space, including bedrooms, livingrooms, dens and more. read more

Lite Source
$541.50
at Amazon

C61046 Features: -Torchiere floor lamp.-Tiffany shade. Color/Finish: -Antique brass finish. Specifications: -Accommodates 150W typ...e A bulb. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -Overall dimensions: 72'' H x 13.5'' D. Collection: -Kamran collection. read more

Park Madison Lighting
$134.99
at Amazon

This 3-Piece table and floor lamp set is perfect for any living room or bedroom. It features a beautiful design, a gorgeous satin ...nickel finish and a frosted glass column with soft pleated white shades. Each lamp has a 150-Watt capacity 3 way switch which accommodates one 150-Watt 50-100-150 3 way or CFL 26 bulb. It is UL listed. Bulbs are not included. read more

Geometric

Lampshades that are square, rectangular, hexagonal, or another shape have matching sides that sometimes slant slightly from top to bottom.

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Amita Trading

Update any room with this hardback blue felt shade. The rectangular shape and bright blue color add retro modern style to your lam...p. Setting: Indoor Shades: Hardback blue felt Dimensions: 9 inches high x 9 inches wide x 14 inches long Shade only read more

Thumbprints
$245.25 $289.00
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Acacia wood with satin lacquer finish Mother of pearl accents Brushed nickel hardware. White, round corner rectangle, silk blend h...ardback shade. read more

Bell

Bell lampshades are very narrow at the top and quite wide at the bottom; they work particularly well in situations that call for intense downlighting, such as on desks.

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Lamp Factory

Add elegance to your home lighting with this delicate bell lamp shade. Finished with stunning French beige silk, this dignified br...ass spider lamp shade features an off-white interior lining for added durability. Color: French beige/off-white Materials: Silk, brass Quantity: One 1 Setting: Indoor Dimensions: 11 inches high x 14 inch bottom diameter x 6 inch top diameter read more

Lite Source
$21.49
at Target

Update your lamp with this classic Candabra lamp shade from Threshold. It adds a perfect blend of function and style. Made of cott...on, this white bell shade diffuses the light for a soft glow and create a contemporary look. White fabric shade instantly updates your chandelier Softens and diffuses the light for an inviting glow Classic shade works with most décor styles Measures 3Lx5Hx6W" Shade Shape: BellShade Material: CottonShade Top Dimensions: 5.0 " H x 3.0 " W Shade Bottom Dimensions: 6.0 " W ABN Size Smallsee shipping and returnsguest rating overall4 of 5 stars Valuenot rated Stylenot rated Qualitynot rated see guest reviews read more

Livex Lighting

About Livex Lighting Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential lighting. The company was founded ...in 1993 and is now headquartered in a 150,000-square-foot facility in Morristown, New Jersey. Livex Lighting currently offers over 2,500 products ranging from lighting fixtures for indoor and outdoor applications to lampshades, chandelier shades, ceiling medallions, and accent furniture. The goal of Livex Lighting is to provide the highest-quality product at the most affordable price. We are constantly responding to the ever-changing needs, styles, and fashions of the lighting industry while always maintaining the highest standards of quality. read more

Bell Lighting
$144.90 $240.00
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Features: Square cut corner bell shade in cafe brown fabric Mink brown finished base with scroll embossed accents for a classic an...d luxurious look Perfect piece to punctuate any room with its elegant and sophisticated design Takes one 150-watt bulb (not included) UL/CUL listed One year manufacturer's warranty Dimensions: Shade: 8"-17"W x 8"-17"D x 12.5"H Overall Height: 32.5" Weight: 5.5 lbs. read more

Hybrid

Lampshades also can mix or match various elements of several types of lampshades; for example, a geometric shade may come in a bell shape.

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World Market

Why We Love It Diffused light seeps through the transparent, floral pattern of our Black and Clear Flower Print Accent Lamp Shade..., a quick contemporary fix for your space. The perfect size for an office desk, nightstand, or anywhere else you want to add a bit of ambiance, our affordable Accent Lamp Shades coordinate with our wide selection of Accent Lamp Bases, so you can create the perfect ensemble to fit your style, space and budget. What You Need To Know Black and Clear Flower Print Accent Lamp Shade is plastic Mix and match with any World Market accent lamp base Works with uno socket lamp bases only World Market exclusive Product Specifications 10"Dia. x 6.75"H; 1.37" read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Combining a lampshade with a lamp base is a delicate balancing act. Think about the material, color, upkeep, and style when you purchase. Base size and shape, lampshade fitter, bulb placement in relation to the height of the lampshade, and light direction also play roles in how the lampshade works with the base and affect the quality, effectiveness, and beauty of the lighting. Before you choose a shade, think carefully about the location of the light fixture and how the light should be directed.

Material, Color, and Style

Lampshades can be made of nearly any type material, including glass, wood, fabric, and metal. The color of a shade’s material affects the color of deflected light and should coordinate or complement a room’s decor, too. Lampshades often include decorative details such as pleating, scallops, stencils, stamps, and notches.

Upkeep

As with any other furnishing or accent piece, lampshades need regular care and upkeep; investigate how best to care for a chosen shade before making a purchase.

Base Size and Shape

Lampshades should complement the lamp base in scale and proportion as well as shape. For table lamps, lampshades should be about three-fourths the height of the base; other lampshade sizes depend on the size and style of the fixture.

Bulb Placement and Lampshade Drop

Lampshades should not be too close to the bulb; measure to make sure several inches of space separate the shade from the bulb. The height of the shade should be enough to hide the bulb so the bulb is not visible from outside the shade.

Fitter

Your lamp fixture will have some sort of a fitter that secures together the shade and the bulb. Fitters include clip-on, threaded, and other types; make sure your shade and fixture or base are compatible.

Light Direction

A lampshade affects how light bounces into and around the room. In a large entryway, you likely want most of the light pushed downward. The desired directional lighting changes based on the size and shape of a room and placement of a fixture.

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Horchow
$450.00 $650.00
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Exclusively ours. What an elegant way to light a room this lamp is. A smooth sweep of clear crystal forms the base, which is nicel...y balanced by the texture-adding pleating of the shade. Imported.Clear crystal base.Gray pleated organza shade.Three-way switch.Uses one 100-watt bulb.16"Dia. x 29.25"T. read more

Pleated Shade Crystal Lamp
Neiman Marcus
$450.00 $650.00
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Pleated Shade Crystal Lamp HighlightsExclusively ours. What an elegant way to light a room this lamp is. A smooth sweep of clear c...rystal forms the base, which is nicely balanced by the texture-adding pleating of the shade. Imported.Clear crystal base.Gray pleated organza shade.Three-way switch.Uses one 100-watt bulb.16"Dia. x 29.25"T. read more

Pleated Shade Crystal Lamp
Laura Ashley
$43.50 $60.90
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Cowboy style shade for childrens room Square shape offers a stylish design Laser-pierced faux suede hardback shade with star patte...rn 10L x 6W x 9.5H inches (Bottom) Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Cowboy Lamp Shade
Laura Ashley
$51.00 $71.40
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Casual contemporary look offers versatile style Barrel shape creates smooth, clean lines Pure silk shade with candy-stripe colors ...add retro touch 14L x 12W x 9.5H inches (Bottom) Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Juliette Barrel Lamp Shade
Laura Ashley
$51.00 $71.40
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Traditional design offers versatile style Barrel shape creates smooth, clean lines Soft linen shade with golden flower pattern 16L... x 10W x 10H inches (Bottom) Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Erin Gold Barrel Lamp Shade
Laura Ashley
$68.00 $95.20
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Traditional design offers versatile style Barrel shape creates smooth, clean lines Soft linen shade with flower pattern in chalk p...ink 16L x 10W x 10H inches (Bottom) Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Erin Chalk Pink Barrel Lamp Shade
Laura Ashley
$49.50 $69.30
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Contemporary style offers casual yet versatile look Barrel shape creates smooth, stylish lines Pure silk shade in deep black provi...des elegant style Available in your choice of sizes Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Charlotte Black Barrel Lamp Shade
Laura Ashley
$51.00 $71.40
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Traditional design offers versatile style Barrel shape creates smooth, clean lines Soft linen shade with vibrant cherry flower pat...tern 16L x 10W x 10H inches (Bottom) Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Erin Cherry Barrel Lamp Shade
Laura Ashley
$45.00 $63.00
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Classic style shade offers versatile design Empire-shape creates smooth, distinctive lines Soft linen shade with a distinctive vel...vet trim 17L x 7W x 10H inches (Bottom) Whats Included Lamp ShadeDescription Laura Ashley is one of the best-loved fashion and home furnishing companies in the world and focuses on stylish fabrics and lush colors. The Laura Ashley Home Lighting collection features a family of lamps, pendants, and fixtures, as well as mix-and-match portable lamps and shades. The Laura Ashley line is distributed through specialty retailers and independent stores. About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Wilby Empire Lamp Shade
Pottery Barn
$54.00 $69.00
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With its bold floral motifs and vivid colors, this lamp shade evokes the lush palampore designs found on vintage Indian textiles. ...Small: 11" diam at top, 13.5" diam at bottom, 8.5" h Medium: 12.5" diam at top, 15" diam at bottom, 9.5" h Pair with any of our Mix and Match® lamp bases (sold separately). read more

Allegra Palampore Tapered Drum Lamp Shade
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