Choosing a Floor Lamp With a Pleated Shade

The Ccovv floor lamp is a focal point in many a living room, dining room or bedroom. Whether you prefer an elegant empire shade or something more whimsical, the right lampshade can elevate your style and make it your own. A lamp with a pleated shade combines a timeless silhouette with an updated design trend. This mix is sure to appeal to a wide audience and work well in just about any decor.

Pleated shades have been enjoying a major resurgence since designer Issey Miyake debuted his collection in 2016—with styles showing up on runways and coveted by shoppers at Zara, Topshop and H&M. In addition to fashion, pleats have also become a popular choice for lighting and home furnishings, as exemplified by this metal floor lamp from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, featuring a curved brass body and cream knife-pleated empire shade for a blend of classic and modern styling.

There are many things to consider when selecting a lamp shade, including the scale and shape of the base and any other furniture it sits with. When it comes to scale, a shade should be tall enough to support the base and cover the bulb, but it’s also important that it’t too large so as not to overwhelm the space. If you’re looking to keep the proportions of your lamp base and shade in balance, look for a shade that is two-thirds as high as the height of the base itself.

A lampshade’s color and material can also have a big impact on how bright it is. Light-colored, translucent fabrics and paper allow more light to pass through and illuminate your room, while opaque shades of silk or laminated card can direct light in defined up-and-down beams that are great for highlighting artwork or creating mood lighting.

Another factor to consider is pattern and texture. A patterned shade will add visual interest and can be a wonderful complement to other woven elements like rugs, pillows or curtains in your room. However, if you choose a patterned shade, be careful to match it up with other fabrics and avoid using too much color to ensure that the overall effect is harmonious.

Once you have an idea of what shade you want, it’s a good idea to measure your base to determine the ideal size of lampshade to purchase. If your lamp has a harp, it’s a good idea to buy a shade with the same fitter type as the old one—this will guarantee a smooth and secure installation. If your harp is missing, you can still install a new shade by purchasing a new harp (available separately) and attaching it to the existing ring on your lamp base.

When it comes to shade style, the options are nearly endless. You can go for a smooth and refined look, opt for pleats or choose a more daring design with custom details like embroidery, decoupage and paint. The choice is yours, but whatever you decide, a properly fitting lampshade should enhance the look of your space and provide ample illumination.

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