Whether you’re looking to spruce up your house with some new décor or you’re in the market for new lighting, it is worth considering how floor and table lamps can give your room a new lease on life – especially with the right lampshade! 

A lampshade is the equivalent of an outfit for your lighting fixture – pairing the right lampshade with your light can have a drastic impact on the appearance of not only the light, but also the entire room. 

As lighting experts, the team at Lightingales are here to teach you the art of choosing the right lampshade fabric, colour and style for your lamp, chandelier or light fixture. 


Different Types and Sizes of Lamp Shades

At the most basic level, a lampshade is a cover for a lamp, used to soften or direct light. However, what the description fails to mention is just how versatile the lampshade can be when it comes to changing up your home décor! 

Lampshades come in an array of shapes, types and sizes, from basic, mono-coloured, fabric lampshades to coloured, printed pattern lampshades.


Lampshade Shapes 

The other décor in your house and the shape of the lamp base will likely dictate the shape of the lampshade you can choose. 

Some popular lampshade shapes are:


The lightshade shape is important to more than just aesthetics – the shape of the lampshade will be a determining factor in how light is dispersed from the lamp. 

For tasks such as reading, you want a wide-based lampshade that disperses more light out of the bottom, such as a bell shaped shade. For ambient light, a drum or square shaped lampshade can work well. 

Lampshade Sizes 

While there are some general rules to follow for the size of your lampshade, you may find that your lamp suits a more unusual size.

When it comes to choosing a lampshade size, you should consider the following:

  • The lampshade height should be around 3/4 the height of the base 
  • The bottom of the shade should measure wider than the widest section of the base
  • The lampshade should cover the lamp switch.

Colours and Materials for Lampshades

Lampshades that are dark in colour or use thick materials, like the Black Paisley Shade Drum will give off a different amount of light to a lampshade like the Beige Lampshade from Lightingales. 

For a brighter appearance, materials such as linen, silk and parchment will give off a more ambient light. In contrast, lampshades using paper or metal do not let much light through, so they should not be used as lighting for larger areas.  

Using the two lampshade examples above, the Beige Lampshade will appear brighter, illuminating the room more than a darker colour like the Black Paisley Shade Drum, which is better used as a mood light. 

You can find an extensive range of lampshades in Perth at Lightingales showroom in Claremont, with an array of colours, styles and designs to choose from. 

How to Keep Your Lampshade Clean

Dust seems to appear from nowhere – one day your house is spick and span, the next, your furniture and décor are covered in a layer of dust! 

You should aim to clean your lampshade regularly, regardless of the material it is made from. 

The first step is to remove the shade from your lamp so that you can get into the small crevices and you can stay away from the electrics. 

Plastic Lampshades:

You can mix a little dish detergent with warm water, then use a soft cloth to wipe the lampshade, before leaving it to air-dry. 

Silk & Fabric Lampshades:

Try a lint roller or soft brush to remove some of the dust first. For a more thorough clean, you should wipe down the shade with a soft, dry cloth – avoid using water! 

Paper & Parchment Lampshades:

A pair of gloves and a microfiber cloth are your best friends for paper and parchment shades – pop the gloves on and use the cloth dry to wipe the dust from the shade. The gloves will stop any oils or dirt from being transferred to the lampshade. 

Why Choose Lightingales

On top of stocking an extensive range of lampshades to suit your home décor, Lightingales can also help you fix and fit a new lamp shade customised to fit your old or new lamp. The Lightingales team are committed to providing great service and helping you to find the right lighting solution.

For all your lampshade needs in Perth, including getting the right shape and size for your lamp, trust Lightingales. With almost 40 years in the industry, Lightingales have the know-how to assist you with all your lampshade needs. 

Contact Lightingales today to pick out the perfect lampshade for your home.