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Lampshade changes light, scale and feel of room

April 05, 2001

Lampshade changes light, scale and feel of room



Carol Austin, owner of Carol Interiors in Hagerstown, doesn't like spending money on short-term solutions, so she's not inclined to make big seasonal changes in the home.

One thing often overlooked when people want to make a change is lampshades. By changing a lampshade, you can change the light, scale and feel of a room, she says. And it will last for more than a few weeks.

Austin, an independent, free-lance interior designer, suggested the following:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Lamps may last for years, but shades can become discolored. Sixty-year-old shades may be all right, but shades that are 20 years old may look dated, Austin says.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Take the lamp with you when looking for a new shade. Also take a sample of the paint or wallcovering in the room, because color can be tricky.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Remember that you can change the "harp" - the u-shaped wire that holds the lampshade on the lamp. They can be bought for about $2.50.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Finials - the decorative little doodads on top of lamps - can be changed for variety.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> For a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should not be above your eye level, she says. Get a shade that enhances the "spread of the light."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dark shades are good for focusing light on desk lamps.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Choosing a lamp and shade for a bedside table is "tough," Austin says. Often, people have tiny little bedside lamps that don't contribute adequate light for bedtime reading.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dimmers make a lamp's light warmer.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A pink light bulb gives off a more flattering light than a bright white bulb.

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