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Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Way To Add Pattern In Your Room!!

We all have lamps in our rooms and they all have some kind of lamp shade on them. Generally speaking most shades will be in white, cream, or linen in most homes. How do you all feel about putting a little pattern on your lampshades?

I realize patterned lampshades will not work in all rooms, but I do think they can  add an extra finishing touch to a room.

I remember when Janell of Isabella and Max rooms showed us all how to make our own lampshades. She made a shade for her master bedroom…..
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and a lampshade for her son’s bedroom……..
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In this next image you will see a lamp shade that was custom made for Eddie Ross to use in a window he did for Carleton V Click HERE to go to his blog to read the full post.

Of course I was drawn to the stripes!!

I have a few patterned shades in my own home, let me show you two of them…….

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These are actually used in my guest room most of the time, but they have a temporary place in my master bedroom.

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This lamp is on my desk. Notice another striped shade. I just love stripes!!!

Let me show you a variety of different looks. Try to visualize a patterned lamp shade on one or two of your lamps in a room to give your room a new accessory. You might be surprised at how it can change the look of  a room.

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Of course I had to start out with a striped shade!!

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Look how fun the patterned shades look on the drum shades.

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How about a reverse printed shade. These types of shades look so pretty at night with the light coming through. In fact I have one on my front porch…….

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Matching bench, headboard, and lampshades in this darling Swedish country room.

If you are not into patterned shades how about a colored shade……

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A bit over the top, literally!!! Still very fun and a bit whimsical.

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Or maybe a metal shade would work for your room.

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This room is full of color all bright and springy,but they grounded the room with the dark rug, and the pop of black shades on the hanging fixtures.

I often add black shades to my lamps for my winter look. Nothing makes a room look more cozy than a black shade on a lamp. The prettiest light comes from a black shade that has a gold lining. It gives the prettiest glow in a room.

 There are two stores I think of immediately when I think of patterned shades.

First: For the unique, Anthropologie



Look closely, this is all crewel work, amazing.


The next store is Pottery Barn for a quieter look:




I love this document drum shade.

Living on the wild side!!

Beach Chic!

Perfect for a lighter Spring/Summer look.

Have I changed your mind about using patterned, or colored shades in your rooms, or do you already use patterned shades in your home?

“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Adding a little pattern with a lampshade!


BTW: I understand that some are still having problems leaving comments on my blog. Thank you to those of you who have emailed me to let me know. 

For those of you who are having problems you can email your comment to me at:
Goodlifeofdesign@yahoo.com and I will be glad to post it. So sorry for the frustration.


The enchanted home said...

I LOVE this post!!!!!!! And am bookmarking it because I have a feeling I will want to "try" this (try being the operative word here) I love love love your shades, especially that blue one with the lamp..so beautiful! This is really inspirational...and such great ideas to totally customize a lampshade.

Tote said...

Kathysue, they are all so pretty. I just wish they were not so pricey. I could use one in my entry. Time to look around!


Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Wow, Kathysue, so much to choose from. I love the striped and checked! You desk lamp is gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing.
Have a wonderful day.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the look of the patterned shades. So pretty. I especially like yours. Great post. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

love me some pattern, esp in the entryway where I don't need the lamp for reading. The Anthro shades are works of art; I have one and love it

helen tilston said...

Very interesting post. I quite like when the outside is linen and the interior guilded.
They certainly are the stars in a room and command attention. I would like to see them in someone elses home, however, I am more traditional and prefer linen and silks in natural colours
Great post and a wonderful variety. Thanks for this post - I did have to think.


Kathysue said...

Testing!! I am testing to see if I can leave a comment. I have been told that readers are having a problem posting a comment so I am testing it out!! KS

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Thanks for the shout out, but even better, the inspiration! I ADORE the shades with all the stuff on them, seriously going to attempt this is summer with Isabella, a perfect lazy summer day project!!

vignette design said...

You know I'm a lamp and lampshade freak! I have a weakness for lamps. Love all your examples. Yes, I have quite a few patterned shades also. Just found a little burlap shade for my brown transferware coffeepot lamp at Target! $9.99!

laxsupermom said...

I love patterned shades, and am in love with those reverse printed ones. So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Kathysue said...


Blogger still wont let me post a comment and you are not the only one having this problem. Someone has probably mentioned it to blogger but it has been happening for a few weeks now.

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your post on lampshades and I love the black striped one with the floral design you have. I recently used that last floral/gray one from anthropologie in a clients gold and gray master bedroom and it really "made the room by adding a floral pattern with some dimension and texture and just a touch of the unexpected.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** I was HOOKED on my very first "non-white" shade~~~ a beautiful lamp with interior of shade in gold lining, and black exterior~~~ FAB at night (MANNNNY moons ago)... NOWADAYS we see alll KINDS of wonderful ones available and to me too, they just "MAKE" the lamp, and often are just that PErrrfeCT "last touch" to make the room seem finished!

Great blog today!
Linda in AZ *


Kathysue...you always find the best stuff to post about! Dang, I need to get going and try better :)

Anonymous said...

I have lusted for those shaded from Anthropologie for quite some time! Actually, anything from there will do...
You know what I would like to see? A DIY project for covering the A-shape shade. All the tutorials are for the drum shape. While I realize those are easier to do, almost all my shades are A-line. Would you consider a tutorial Kathysue??? Thanks, in advance!

Anonymous said...

Love the crewelwork shade! Such great inspiration. Thanks, as always, for including us!

E + J

Karen said...

I think a patterned shade can take a relatively inexpensive lamp base and make it look very chic. I just wish I'd stop falling in love with expensive shades.

Jessie said...

Love the Anthropologie lamp shades, they are like works of art. I love patterned and colored shades but most of the time, they are more expensive, don't you think? If only they are more affordable....

Great post, Kathysue!


La Vie Quotidienne said...

Great idea to add interest. I have a couple of patterned ones...but, I love your stripped ones. Really nice!

traci zeller designs said...

I love the burlap shades I've seen lately - and I really do need to experiment more with color on my shades!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Kathysue, Great post. The crewel and floral applique are my very favorite. Lot's of great ideas. Mona

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Love all these examples, KS. I don't have any patterned shades BUT I have many textural shades, rattan etc. I love them all! Good idea for a post! Thanks for sharing all these images. I really liked the reverse ones too. XO, Pinky

Sweet Lily said...

Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Great inspiration. I've added trim to shades, too.

LiveLikeYou said...

Ok you convinced me. I definitely need to add pattern and color and texture on my lamp shades. They're almost all white. It's a nice way to add some interest.

Mel @ Georgica Pond said...

I must have that grey velvet chair with contrast piping - it's heavenly !