Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to help “shed light” on your options!
Lampshades are a decorative option ideal for adding personality and softening illumination to many light fixtures. There are five popular options:
- Hard lampshades feature a plastic liner covered with a glued-on material, and can be used on any lamp in any decorating style.
- Soft lampshades are similar to hard shades, but feature a solid-color liner with a more decorative outer shell attached with either thread or tape.
- Drum, cylinder or oval shades are available in sizes ranging from miniature to oversized. They work well with contemporary or transitional decorating.
- Floor, empire, bell or coolie shades are typically narrower at the top with varying shapes, and a very flexible in decorating use.
- Geometric lampshades feature a square, rectangular or another shape, with sides matching. They have a regular width, sometimes with a slight slant from top to bottom, and are a good match for contemporary accents.
What are your favorite lampshade shapes and designs?