Fitting a Lamp Shade
- 1.Where is the lamp going to be used?
- The answer to this question will determine, in general, if you need a larger size of shade or if you want to size the shade down to fit its surroundings. For example, two lamps on a buffet may have a smaller shades. A lamp used by a bedside may have a bit larger shade, and a lamp used on a end table in a great room will need a large shade to proportion the lamp to its space.
- 2.How much light do you need from the lamp?
- The answer to this question will determine if you are going to use the lamp as a general light source or as an accent lamp. A darker shade gives dramatic, richer light that will accent a smaller area with light, but in the end you may lose some light. If light is a necessity, you will need to use a much more translucent, lighter colored shade.
- 3.What shape is the lamp base?
- The answer to this question helps to determine the shape of the shade. As a general rule, try to use the lamp base to give direction as to the shape of the shade. If the lamp base is round, use a round shade. If the lamp base is square, use an square shade. This rule is only a guideline, often shapes that are mixed and matched give the lamp a more updated look.
- 4.What is a harp?
- The answer to this question is the secret to fitting a shade properly. Now that you have determined the size, shape and color of the shade, the
Remember:Bring in your lamp when looking for a lamp shade!
- Remember: The harp is fit to the shade. The harp that came with the lamp is not the only harp that can be used on the lamp.
- 5.What if the lamp does not haver a harp?
- The answer to this question is determined by how the shade fits on the lamp. Some lamps that do not have a harp use a shade with a clip that fits on a bulb. If a proper shade cannot be found with the existing fitter, we can install a harp on most any lamp in order to make more shade options available for the lamp base.
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