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The perfect fit

You’ve found a beautiful new table lamp to add to your home but have you really given much thought to the perfect shade?

The right lampshade can make all the difference in transforming your base into something fabulous, whereas an ill-fitting shade can make a lamp look out of proportion or seem inappropriate for its location.

So how do you choose the perfect lampshade? Rule of thumb, anything goes but be careful of proportion – the diameter of the bottom of the shade should not be greater than the height of the lamp base.

Think about the style of the lamp when selecting a shade… if you have a busy lamp base, generally you would choose a plainer shade and vice versa.

Also consider the texture you’d like for your lampshade. There are such a wide variety of custom options to choose from in any number of fabrics and even wallpapers, enabling you to create something exquisite.

Choose similar colour tones for your base and shade unless you are going for a striking standout piece, in which case, anything goes!