Interior designer and design trend expert Michelle Trimborn from Design Quarters gives us some pointers:
Size matters There’s a pretty standard way to measure the correct height and width of your lamp shade. To work out the height, measure the lamp itself from the base to the top of the light bulb socket. The shade should be the same height as the lamp base or up to 5 cm shorter, depending on your personal preference. To work out the width, measure the circumference of the bottom of the lamp shade. It should be at least 2 times the circumference of the base of the lamp, but not more than 2 and a half times. Make sure that the diameter of the shade at its widest is not larger than the height of the lamp, as this will look out of proportion.
Right in place Once you’ve chosen your lamp shade, you need to install it correctly. Check to see how much of the neck of the lamp beneath the socket is showing once you’ve placed the shade on the lamp. About 2,5 centimetres of neck should be visible. Include any length that’s added with a fringe or other decoration. Make sure the shade covers the bottom of the socket.
Balancing act It’s important to use a plain, well-proportioned shade on an ornate lamp. In the same way, showy lamp shades work well with plain lamp bases. Drums are contemporary, cones are classic, flat cones (like a basuthu hat angle) are currently very popular in Europe with extra height lamp bases. It comes down to your personal taste and the look you’re going for, but keep it interesting by switching shades every so often. It’s an easy and affordable way to update the look of a room. Image credit: Lolita suspended lamps by Moooi