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How to Customize a Lampshade

Decorating a lampshade is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your room.

Photo: Antonis Achilleos / The Nest

Jennifer Bertrand, season three Design Star winner

How to Customize a Lampshade

Decorating a lampshade is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your room. But be careful not to go overboard. What starts out feeling fun and eclectic can turn tacky, fast. Here’s how to take on the task without creating an arts and crafts project:

Plan
Start with a very basic lampshade; one with a flat surface and without much texture works best. If you don’t have one, you can usually scoop one up cheap at a garage sale or thrift store.

Look around your room, and decide how you want your lamp to accent the decor that already exists. Our advice: Since lamp decorating can be tricky, go for a simple design that fits in with the theme of the room, maybe drawing out some already-present accent color, pattern, or texture.

Prep

Get your decorating supplies together. They should include a spray adhesive for lightweight fabric and a hot glue gun for anything heavier. To stop yourself from going overboard, we recommend keeping your actual decorating gear to ribbon, fringe, and lightweight fabric that complements your existing decor.

Go at it

A few easy, simple ideas for customizing your lampshade:

- Simply add matching trim to both the bottom and top of the shade with a hot glue gun.

- Cover the whole shade in a piece of lightweight fabric or decorative paper using spray adhesive.

- Hot glue one thick, more dynamic piece of ribbon vertically, going from the top to the bottom of the shade along the seams.

Final Touch

After you’ve place the shade on the lamp, using a lower-watt bulb will warm up the feel of the room.

Need more advice on Lighting? Check out How to Light a Room Properly.

-- Paula Kashtan

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