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May 08, 2015
We have all had a lamp that we know would look great if only it had the right shade. It seems simple, but it can be difficult to find the right size in the right material. The perfect lampshade can make a lamp. A poorly sized lampshade can make it look like an after thought though.
At Turn of the Century Lighting we have over 100 different materials, and can create traditional slanted, drum, and more exotic shade shades such as oval, pyramid, and mid century double shades.
The most important part of the process that helps us to design the perfect shade, is bringing in your table or floor lamp. Whether your lamp is modern or antique, it’s very difficult to size a lampshade without the lamp present. Lampshade sizing is similar to sizing up clothing without a person being there.
It’s easy for a shade to look too big or too small if the sizing is off by even an inch or two. Having the lamp present will allow us to see how a shade will attach to the lamp, so the correct type of fitting can be chosen.
We will experiment with different shapes of the same size as well, as some lamps can look good with several different shapes. It’s incredible how trying a few different options can lead you to a size and shape that isn't what you thought would look the best.
Once we have a shape, we get to choose from our extensive collection of materials, including parchment papers, linens on styrene, kraft papers, and a full range of paint colours from Benjamin Moore. The options in creating a shade with unique contrasting, or complimentary borders and colour options is endless.
We create shades as small as clip on shade size which is great for chandeliers and wall sconces to compliment and update a classic style, or provide a more diffused light than a bare bulb can provide. For these types of shades, sizing is standard and we do not need the sconce or chandelier brought in, but a photo always helps for style and material considerations.
We create many larger shades for floor lamps too, and all sizes inbetween.
We look forward to seeing you, and your lamp in the shop.
P.S. If your lamp needs to be rewired, we happily provide that service as well. This can be done as the shades are being created, so your lamps are ready to use right away!
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December 09, 2015