A well-chosen table lamp glass shade adds character to a room and accentuates its other decorative elements. Glass shades come in a wide range of colors, shapes and styles. Some are bold, showy and flamboyant while others are subtle, simple and understated. Whether it’s clear or frosted, shaped or flat, there’s a glass lamp shade to complement every decor style.
The first thing to decide is what type of shade you want. Then you can select a color, style and finish that best complements the other elements in the room. For example, a metal arc lamp with a shiny brass finish goes well with a clear glass shade. Another option is a glass cylinder lamp. This style takes up little space and works perfectly on accent tables and nightstands.
You’ll also want to decide on the size and shape of your shade. For a standard light bulb, you’ll need a shade with a diameter equal to or slightly larger than the base of your lamp. For CFL bulbs or higher wattage bulbs, you’ll need to make sure that there’s enough room for the heat of the bulb to vent out of the top opening of the shade.
Some shades are lined to help diffuse and reflect the light from the bulb. The lining may be made of plastic or linen and comes in different degrees of transparency and diffusion. Many linings are white, but you can find shades with black, brown or even gold liners to match any décor.
One of the most popular types of glass table lamp shade is the Tiffany style. Tiffany lamps were designed with small pieces of colored glass, arranged into various patterns. Many of the designs were inspired by nature, such as floral motifs and insects. Others were inspired by a variety of other subjects including geometric shapes.
A Tiffany-style shade is best matched with a lamp base that has a boldly contrasting or balancing shape. For example, a round lamp base works well with an oval-shaped shade, because they both feature a curved surface when viewed from above.
Other types of shaped glass shades include the bell or empire. Bell shades are narrower at the top than they are at the bottom and can be a good choice for a taller lamp base. This shape can help the base fit more closely to a wall and prevent it from sticking out into the room too much.
Flat-topped and dome-shaped glass shades are often found on sturdier floor or table lamps. These shapes tend to be sturdier than other types of shade because they aren’t as delicate and lightweight. They can be a great choice for homes with children because they aren’t as likely to be knocked over. They’re also a good choice for rooms with a lot of furniture because they tend to blend in well. They’re also easy to clean, making them a good choice for busy households.