Bright Idea: 9 Surprising Lampshade Alternatives
A lamp isn’t truly complete until it’s found its better half: the lampshade. And although a simple linen shade can look lovely, why not give your lamp some more exciting options? Lampshades can be made out of the most unlikely materials, be it a piece of paper or a wastebasket. All it takes is a little bit of research.
Interior designer Alexandra Loew makes a statement in a traditional interior by topping off a floor lamp with a rattan lampshade. We can only imagine how moody the lighting is at night.
In Adam Charlap Hyman’s New York apartment, he simply wrapped a piece of red construction paper around his busty table lamp and called it a day.
Sure, a lampshade can illuminate a room, but it can also do the same for a picture or postcard.
Metal makes for a rustically refined lampshade. In this case, the patina on a copper lampshade adds a pop of color as well.
Woven lampshades are a textural alternative to standard versions. You’ll be amazed at how much interest they add to your space.
Once you’re done hanging laundry on the line, use those extra clothespins to fashion a lampshade. Your guests will think it’s fascinating and fresh.
If you’ve got an old lampshade lying around, or you’re just feeling crafty, tear off the old fabric and wrap binding or strips of fabric around the wire frame. The deconstructed look is very chic.
Find a few feathers and hang them organically from a wire structure around a light. Your new lampshade will feel like modern art.
If your wastebasket is too cute to leave on the floor (let alone throw trash into), flip it upside down atop your lamp.
Have you thought of another lampshade alternative? Let us know in the comments below.