Side lamps – The three-step process for picking the perfect lampshade

Picking out the perfect shade for your lamp base sounds simple enough, right? Yet anyone who’s ever tried to create the perfect combination knows, this task can prove trickier than at first it seemed.

Round or square? Big, medium or small? Translucent, opaque, and what about colours? You’ve a lot of decisions to make – here’s our guide to help you through them…


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What shape should you shop for?

One little known interior-design tip for your table lamps is to look at the shape of the base. If it’s round, a round shade usually pairs up best, whereas square or angular bases typically work best with a square lampshade. An exception to this rule is the extremely versatile candlestick – which can accommodate almost any lampshade shape.


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Big, medium or small?

Surprisingly, there’s an exact science to creating the perfect proportions for your table lamp.

For width and height, the base should always take up 60% of the total height (the lampshade accounting for 40%), and the widest part of the base should be around 50% of the lamp shade width.


Translucent, opaque and touching upon colours…

Choosing between translucent (where the light shines through the shade to an extent) or opaque (which blocks out most of the light, with the illumination mostly shining though the top and bottom) is simply a matter of whether you want ambient lighting (for which translucent is ideal) or you want to highlight key areas of the room (in which case, you’ll want to go for opaque).

As for lamp shade colours– you have two choices: go for complementary colours – either matching the shade with the base, or go for contrast. In the latter instance, you can make light work of discovering colour combos by looking at a colour wheel. Start by finding the colour of your base, and look to the opposite side – right there you’ll discover the perfect colour for contrast.


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Interior design hacks for a larger (seeming) home

In the UK, space is at a serious premium – especially in city centres, with London property coming at almost £500 per square foot. With modern living taking place in smaller (and smaller) spaces than ever before, you need plenty of clever interior hacks if you’re to make your home feel roomier than the rabbit hutch it might be. So it’s a good job we have these five tips up our sleeve…


  1. Paint or paper the ceiling

Make your rooms feel taller than they are, by using decals, paint or wallpaper on the ceiling. Patterns, or anything other than plain white, will lead the eyeline upwards. Another tip is to hang shelves just below the ceiling to line with books.


  1. Go for light and airy colours on both the floor and the walls

While dark colours can create a feeling of cosiness, when you’re working with a confined space you need to stick to pale colours, such as white or cream. This applies equally to your carpet, real wood floor or laminate, although you can opt for pale rugs if you can’t afford a floor makeover right now.



  1. Go for one big piece of statement furniture

This one may seem counter intuitive but compared to placing multiple smaller furniture pieces around a room, using a single, large one can optimise the space and make the room feel uncluttered.


  1. Use a clever combination of lighting

The fist founding rule of lighting that creates a feeling of space is to ensure that the lighting is spread evenly around the room. Beyond this, you should have at least three types of lighting: long pendant ceiling lights(which can lengthen the height of the room); corner/recess wall lights(which illuminates all of the space and helps with its even spread) and a tall, thin lamp with a small to moderate shade(which won’t overwhelm your space, but will still provide a little task lighting and ambience).



  1. Get smart, with stripes

Stripes are right on trend – and they also help to elongate the length of a room when positioned horizontally.

And with that, our space-expanding tips draw to a close – your maisonette is now positively mansion-like! Ready to illuminate your now extended space? Shop for lighting now.

Mix and Match Based on Each Section Of The Kitchen

No need to feel constrained by matching up your ceiling lighting – in fact, choosing different lights can help create the illusion of separate, functional spaces in an open plan setting.

Perfect pairings in the dining area and the kitchen space include…

Kitchen:Black & Antique Copper 3 Light Electrified Ceiling Pendant LightDining area: Black & Antique Copper 5 Drop Electrified Ceiling Pendant Light

Kitchen:Chrome LED Multi Arm Pendant Ceiling LightDining area: Teal Glass Closh Electrified Ceiling Pendant Light

Kitchen:Nickel and Clear Glass Round Electrified Ceiling Pendant LightDining area: Large Glass Lantern Electrified Ceiling Pendant Light in Nickel


  1. Working with a luxuriously large kitchen space?

You’ll need your lights to work overtime, otherwise you’ll end up with uncovered corners and areas of counterspace that are less than safe for slicing and dicing.

In this case, you need optimal brightness. For which LED is the most effective form of lighting. Check out the stylish Circles Ceiling Pendant(which gives off 2960 Lumens), or the White LED Circles Ceiling Pendant Light(with 1920 Lumens).

  1. Want atmosphere, everywhere? Go for under cupboard task lighting

If you want to keep the lights on throughout the kitchen after dinner, choose ambient, lifestyle lighting for the ceilings, and illuminate your cooking tasks with under-cupboard spotlights instead.


  1. Don’t forget the paperwork, homework, and everything that happens in the kitchen

The kitchen is now a family room, so this space really needs to work independently of the ceiling lights when it comes to the different activities that take place here. Reading floor lampsand desk lamps should provide enough flexibility when it comes to tasks ranging from sorting the bills, to kids who want to build blocks.

So that’s your kitchen lighting masterclass over and done with. You should probably start thinking about your next dinner party now. And don’t worry if you’re no Heston Blumenthal, with lighting so stylish, who cares what the food tastes like?

Literary characters we love (and their lampshades)

Despite many nay-sayers, it seems that book reading is alive and well in the UK, with three-quarters of British people reporting finishing a book within the past 12 months.

At the Lampshade Co, we’ve got many an avid reader amongst our ranks. Which got us thinking – what if characters, were lampshades? So we hope you’re sitting comfortably, because this is how we believe the story would unfold…


  1. Catherine and Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

Ahhh, the mystifying Wuthering Heights – the deep, dark romance, the dramatic landscapes, the brooding weather. It’s a novel full of atmosphere. While doomed to their fates, there’s no denying the underlying romance of Cathy and Heath’s story, so if they were a lighting type, they would be the two faux flames of a beautiful, traditional twin wall light.


  1. Pippi Longstocking

She’s bright, bold and unafraid – and she does everything on her own terms. If this little firecracker were a light type, there’s no way she’d want anything less than a combo she’d created. So with that in mind, she’d be a mix and match lamp base, with a lampshade that features her trademark white and red.


  1. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Now for the character we’re meant to love to hate. So he may have been a maniac serial killer, but hey – the guy had some serious style. If he were any type of lighting, it would probably an ultra-modern, uber-cool LED ceiling light.

  1. Matilda Wormwood – Matilda

Brilliant and headstrong in equal measure, Matilda is simply magical. For this little girl with the massive imagination, her choice of lampshade would definitely be the Little Sanderson Abracazoo Treasure Map.

  1. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games

Fearless and brave beyond boundaries, Katniss is not afraid to take a stand, so her lighting style would definitely be one that makes an unforgeable statement. That said, with her clear love for her family and only wish to go home, we’d wager our bets that she mixes contemporary style with traditionalist chic when it comes to interior design. All in all, we’d say she’d light up with the Smoke Glass Dome & Glass Beads Ceiling Light.


Hopefully we’ve inspired you with a few novel ideas for overhauling your at-home lighting. But if you’re still feeling stuck, you may want to explore our lighting collections room by room…

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Have you seen it yet?


What are we talking about?


Well, we are rather excited to announce the launch of our exclusive lighting range to compliment our award-winning lampshade collection.

From dreamy bedside lighting to eye-popping lavish chandeliers, our brand-new range will be sure to brighten anyone’s day.

To celebrate this exciting time, we are offering 25% discount on all products this summer! Minimum Spend £100*

We invite all customers, existing and new, to join us in celebrating this exciting milestone with this limited time only offer.

We hope you love your new purchase as much as we do!

*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer valid from July 20th July. Offer Expires August 31st 2018.

Spotlight on: Patterned Lampshades

No time to dig through interior design mags to discover what’s hot and what’s not? No problem – here’s our fast-fire top-three countdown of the trendiest patterned lampshades for 2018 (direct from our industry insiders).

Walk on the Wild Side, with Animal Print

Yup, the hottest high street fashion has transcended into the realm of lighting. Except here there’s no need to stick purely to zebra print, as giraffes, tigers and cheetahs all want in when it comes to your living space.

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 Go Ultra-on-Trend, with Ultra-Violet

It’s the pantone colour of the year – a deep, dramatic version of violet. Reflecting times of change and a need for innovation, inventiveness and imagination, you can pick a violet shade, or be a little bit more flexible and choose a purple pattern.

Explore purple patterned lampshades

Bring the Outdoors In, with Nature-based Lampshades

Nature, birds and wildlife have been hot property for some time now in the on trend home, and this style direction shows no sign of slowing down just yet.

From leafs to florals, minimalistic bird prints to intricate peacock feathers, this final addition to our countdown is as diverse as it is a breath of fresh air.

Discover the Great Outdoors with Bird and Wildlife Lampshades

With that, our top three countdown is all wrapped up. But if you’re just not feeling the pattered direction for your lighting, you may want to consider a mix and match lampshade – which seems to fit perfectly into any environment – from contemporary, to traditional, a magnolia lounge, or a wallpapered top-to-bottom living room.

Lightbulbs and Energy Efficiency

Eco-friendly lighting in the open plan kitchen

The emergence of the open plan layout has transformed the way we live. No longer are our dining, entertaining and cooking spaces separate. Instead, they have merged into one – creating a sociable, family-friendly room that’s perfect for modern life.

But that’s not to say that open plan layouts are free from problems – the main one being the challenge of creating separate zones for each of the roles the room must play – from dining to working and onto relaxing.

Here we explain how eco-friendly lighting can help to create these zones – for optimal open plan living.

The low-energy lighting lie

First things first – let’s dispel a BIG eco-lighting myth. Gone are the days of compromising between bright light and eco-friendly bulbs. Now, drama, focus and bright task lighting are yours for the taking, whilst sapping only the most minimal of electricity (up to 90% less, in fact, when compared to old-school bulbs).

 Choose the right lighting for each space

List all of the roles that your open plan kitchen plays, along with the level of lighting required in that zone. This might include:

  • Cooking – Generally bright, with spot lighting for tasks such as chopping and other food prep.
  • Dining – Reasonable light, with over table lighting to set the scene.
  • Working – A good level of light to avoid eye-strain, for which a desk lamp may be most suitable, so that this relatively small space doesn’t interfere with the atmosphere of the lounge.
  • A snug-like space – A low level of light, given that this area is for relaxation, for which a floor lamp offers the ideal soft-lit solution

Arranging your furniture

Your lighting should work with your furniture by being arranged around the larger of pieces which create separate spaces – such as your sofas creating a squared off space, or a table and benches separating the dining area.

Soft to bright lighting (and back again) – Consider an earth-friendly dimmable solution

As a final versatile solution to the changing roles of your open plan space, consider switching to energy efficient dimmable bulbs– for effortlessly changing up the atmosphere, according to what you’re doing.

All done –your open plan kitchen is now effectively zoned off. The next stop? The Lampshade Co Kitchen lighting collection.




From Zzzz and dreary to totally dreamy: Picking the perfect bedside lighting

Don’t underestimate your bedside lighting – pick well, and your bedside lamps should bring balance and symmetry into your boudoir; and (when done right) can make a stylish focal point of your bed.

But (and here’s the kicker), it’s all too easy to pick from the many unremarkable pairings out there. So here’s how to take your bedside lighting from dull enough to put you to sleep, to designer-style dreamy.

  1. Mix it up – with mismatched shades (for a definitive designer-touch)

Mixing and matching two different lamp looks can make for a striking, stylish lighting solution. Switch up the colour, shade shape or the entire lamp, but remember, keep the general style direction the same. Take our Antique Wood Slat Tripod Lamp, this bedside light would make the perfect team with the Antique Wood Lantern.


  1. Modern or classic? Be led by your bedroom style

Love understated minimalism? Consider bedside lamps with a metal or glass base, teamed with simple block colour lampshades. Or, if you’re an ardent fan of the traditional, explore patterned fabric shades with antique brass or distressed finishes.

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  1. Late-night book worm and sleeping beauty? Shine your light in the right direction

You’re in the midst of War and Peace, while your partner loves nothing more than 12 hours of solid sleep – each night, every night. For this situation, you need a clever lighting solution – either a directional task light (otherwise known as a desk light) or a swing arm wall light.

But just be sure to get the bulb wattage right – so that it’s soft enough for leaving your partner to slumber, while being bright enough for a spot of reading just before bed.

  1. Be inspired by this season’s hottest colours

Spring/Summer 2018 presents a wealth of eye-popping colours for the on-trend home – take your pick from jewel-toned ocean blue; calming and cool sage; 70’s inspired mustard-yellow marigold; deep and dramatic violet and strong and energised crimson.

Feature walls are SO 2017. The new trend? Feature lampshades!

For too long all the attention has been on the feature wall – a trend that entered our homes in the mid 2000’s, and hasn’t left since. Well, we think it’s high time for a change – and, as you’ll see, the first rule of feature lampshade club, is that there are no rules –  the bolder, the bigger, the better.

 First things first – Be brave with your feature lampshade choices

Feature lampshades are about making a statement – transforming your otherwise unremarkable floor lamp or centre light into a focal point. Go vivid, with loud and proud hues, patterns and prints; think feathers, embellishments, glittering sequins and beautiful florals, birds and block colours. And, if you really want to be bang on trend for 2018, consider going pleated. This blast from the past has had a makeover – no longer a twee, traditional choice, modern pleated lampshades are being seen in the trendiest of homes in all sorts of fun and funky fabrics.feature lampshade

Contemporary or traditional? Be guided by your existing style

Despite feature lampshades having very few rules asides from being eye catching and bold, you still want to make sure that your choice is in keeping with your wider style direction.

For contemporary spaces, look at unusual shapes, block colours and edgy materials. As for traditional homes and commercial premises, the lampshade style of the moment is chandelier in form, with a close runner up being natural print fabrics.

Colour – Think contrast

While you could co-ordinate the colour of your feature lampshade with the room it sits within, the feature lampshade trend is far easier to get right if you pick one with a contrasting colour. So if you have a plum room, pick yellow; a grey backdrop, think red; or a green feature wall, go for violet.

Size (and shape) matters

Finally, consider the proportions of your room. Going too oversized in a relatively compact living room could overpower the space.

When it comes to shape, picking an unusual lampshade can be a statement in itself (think Conch, tiered spheres or angular hexagonal panels.

New Designers Guild Lamp Shade Collection!

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Designers Guild Lampshade Collection!

Established in 1970 Designers Guild focus on creating an enhancing and enriching collection of patterns and fabric. The fabrics range from an Eastern decorative art to Italian classical style, which will please every eye. We would describe our new Designers Guild lamp shade collection as stylish, utterly versatile and modern, it can revamp any residential interior, hotel lobby or a busy café.
These prints have been exquisitely taken directly from the blooming nature surrounding us, echoing with the realism’s classical botanical paintings which not only fit any interior, but will offer both a contemporary and classical touch, blending perfectly with every interior designer’s dreams and aspirations.
It will definitely be hard to decide whether to choose from a saturated and neutral floral pattern, such as the Designers Guild Plum Blossom Linen Lampshade or Designers Guild Corsage Lavender Lampshade, to brighter signature touches which we find with Designers Guild Ghirlanda and Mariedal Peony Lamp shades. Visit our website to view the full collection.