A Lampshade

I need your opinions.  I’m sure there is some kind of decorating formula for this but I don’t know what it is and, honestly, I don’t want to look it up.

You see, I have this lamp.  And I have never liked the lamp shade.  It is blah.


But I love the lamp itself.  It is made with pieces of mother of pearl.  It sounds kind of tacky but personally, I love the look of it.  The colours are soft and ivory and caramel.  Beautiful!


By chance I came across this burlap shade.  The colour is perfect.  I love that it isn’t a plain cylinder.  And the burlap is nice and rustic.


But I’m not sure if it is too big.  Sometimes I look at it and think it is and other times I think it is just right.


What do you guys think?

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2 thoughts on “A Lampshade

  1. Eileen Hopkins

    It looks lovely but I did Google it for you! Have fun!—– Now that you know your shape, it’s time to grab a tape measure. Your shade should be about two-thirds the height of your lamp base (give or take an inch). Proportion is the key – too tall and the effect will be top heavy, too short and your lamp will look out of balance. And just like a slip, you never want your harp to show. If your lamp sits on a mantel or close to eye level, this is especially important.

    To figure out the right width for your shade, measure your lamp base and multiply by two. For a round base, measure straight across; measure diagonally for a square base. The widest part of your shade should be at least a half-inch wider than the widest part of your base on each side. And when you’re considering width, don’t forget location. If your lamp is going next to a bed or in a busy hallway, pick a narrower shade to avoid flying elbows.

    1. the general store Post author

      According to this, the shade is a little to high and maybe a little too narrow. Oh well, think I am going to keep it anyway! Thanks Eileen!

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