I can talk about lampshades for hours at a time. You betcha. When folks walk into our Concord store they are shocked to see so many options. But there’s even more than meets the eye! We also create custom lampshades for customers on a daily basis. Some customers are looking for their lampshade to blend with the trim of their curtains or pillows. Others are simply looking for a statement piece. Whatever the request, we have options and can create a stunning custom lampshade with oodles of pizzaz.
Think about a Box Pleat. Featured above is a lampshade with a box pleat. This is created when you manipulate a piece of fabric such that a pleat or fold is formed on both sides of the fabric. Then the ends brought together underneath the flat piece of fabric where another fold or pleat is created at the point where the fabric meets; the remaining fabric on both sides then points outward – and so it goes around the perimeter of the lampshade frame.
There are several types of box pleats, and “over box pleats.” The most basic type of box pleat is one where you see a continuous flow of ½” to ¾” pleats. You can chose from a wide variety of fabrics to create your box pleat, but one of the more preferred fabrics is a soft linen. We added a beautiful soft blue textured trim to the lampshade on the Ralph Lauren Pierced Celadon lamp, and we think this creation is stunning!
Alternate Side Pleats and Stretched Fabric. Side pleats can also be applied to lampshades in very creative and wonderful ways. In this silk lampshade, the result is alternating sides of side pleats, and then stretched fabric. We’ve also added a black, gold and white trim to accent the character of the lamp.
Alternate Fabric Color. The drum lampshade is one of the most traditional types of lampshades, extremely popular from the early twentieth century through the 1980s when the fell out of favor. Today, however, the drum lampshade is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and the category has expanded to include some current and fun additions. Instead of using a plain colored lampshade, we alternated colors. When the light is on, the light casts to different hues, creating a unique look for any space.
As you can see, we added color and texture to what would have been standard lampshades to create a truly custom piece. Do you have a lampshade idea? If so, swing on by, or give us a call. We’d love to bring your vision to life!